Early Mounted Short Sword


Early Mounted Short Sword


by the artist Rai Kunitoshi .

The golden age of swords in Japan is commonly considered to be the Kamakura period. During this time there were many great smiths in the schools of Yamato, Bizen, and Yamashiro that were the common grounds of many infamous samurai, shoguns, and daimyos who came to request arms and armor from the prestigious schools.

Rai Kunitoshi, who worked in Tokyo, was among the most famous swordsmiths of the late thirteenth to the early fourteenth century. His dagger and sword blades were virtually unbreakable and visually unique to his style.


Traveling exhibition Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor


Kamakura period, late 13th century


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Date Added
May 9, 2011
Samurai Weaponry
“Early Mounted Short Sword,” Artists, Patrons, and Japanese Art, accessed December 14, 2018, https://artistandpatrons.omeka.net/items/show/21.