Samurai have captured the imaginations of collectors around the world, and this online auction of swords, armor and sword fittings gives a unique opportunity to acquire the essentials of samurai life. Samurai swords have long been regarded as masterpieces of forged steel. This sale features exceptional examples dating from the 15th to the late 19th centuries, including a rare and important sword by Tadahiro of Hizen province made in 1632. Along with the swords are suits of armor, helmets and tsuba (sword guards) that feature finely inlaid and carved designs depicting figures from legend, history, and popular culture.
Click here for an interview with Samurai film legend Tatsuya Nakadai and to read about the intricacies of the Samurai aesthetic with expert Victor Harris.
Mostly Edo period, of course, but some nice blades from earlier.