From top to bottom: T10 hitatsura hamon Maru Kitae. 1060 though hardener Shobu Zukuri. Kouken. 1075 spring steel Jingum(Hira Zukuri). T10 Kobuse, custom made, dotanuki, suguha hamon. 1095/1060 folded, honsanmai clay tempered, custom tsuka. Soshu kitae, full shell saya 1095. 1095 Maru kitae folded, clay tempered custom tsuka. L6 bainite, maru kitae , suguha hamon.
Japanese Swords - photo by Steve Nagata: In Kudanshita now, just north of the Imperial Palace and saw this shop selling Japanese swords. Most of these swords are purely decorative or are for use in practicing a martial art known as Iaidou 居合道 so they do not have sharpened blades. It is now illegal to carry a sword around with you in Japan, but centuries ago the upper classes in Japan would always carry the "two swords".