LAST CHANCE ITEM – NO LONGER IN PRODUCTION
- Katana, samurai sword, Edo period Japan, 16th century (SKU 4077) – 1.410Kg – 94cm
- Wakizashi, samurai sword, Edo period Japan, 16th century (SKU 4078) – 1.140Kg – 75cm
- Tanto, samurai dagger, Edo period Japan, 16th century (SKU 4079) – 0.750Kg – 52cm
Edo Period (1603-1868)
The Edo period (江戸時代 Edo jidai) or Tokugawa period (徳川時代) is the period between 1603 and 1868 in the history of Japan, when Japanese society was under the rule of the Tokugawa shogunate and the country’s 300 regional daimyō. The period was characterized by economic growth, strict social order, isolationist foreign policies, a stable population, “no more wars”, and popular enjoyment of arts and culture. The shogunate was officially established in Edo on March 24, 1603, by Tokugawa Ieyasu. The period came to an end with the Meiji Restoration on May 3, 1868, after the fall of Edo.
Historically, katana (刀 or かたな) were one of the traditionally made Japanese swords (日本刀 nihontō) that were used by the samurai of ancient and feudal Japan. The katana is characterized by its distinctive appearance: a curved, single-edged blade with a circular or squared guard and long grip to accommodate two hands. The katana is generally defined as the standard sized, moderately curvedJapanese sword with a blade length greater than 60 cm.
The wakizashi (Japanese: 脇差, “side inserted sword”) is one of the traditionally made Japanese swords (nihontō) worn by the samurai in feudal Japan. The wakizashi has a blade between 30 and 60 cm.
A tantō (短刀, “short sword”) is one of the traditionally made Japanese swords(nihonto) that were worn by the samurai class of feudal Japan designed for piercing or stabbing. The tantō dates to the Heian period, when it was mainly used as a weapon but evolved in design over the years to become more ornate. Tantō were used in traditional martial arts (tantojutsu). designed for piercing or stabbing. The tantō is a knife. The blade is single or double edged with a length between 15 and 30 cm.