Officer’s dress sword with ornate handle and mother-of-pearl inlaid scabbard. The blade is too rusted to pull out. Japan, Heian period, 12th century AD

February 23, 2024

Officer’s dress sword with ornate handle and mother-of-pearl inlaid scabbard. The blade is too rusted to pull out. Japan, Heian period, 12th century AD

May be an image of 1 personAbout 80 years ago we polished a sword found from the ceiling of the treasure house of Kasuga Taisha (Nara City) and found out that it was the oldest Japanese sword made in the 12th century.

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【Japanese oldest sword】-About 80 years ago we polished a sword found from the ceiling of the treasure house of Kasuga Taisha


This was named so because its Tsuka ( handle ) has openwork with in the shape of tweezers ( kenuki ) .
This is an unsheathed sword used on a horse , became the original shape of Kenukigata-Tachi ( hair-tweezers-shaped Tachi ) that developed into Japanese swords.