Blade Shape Styles

Posted by Mr Yao 25/03/2016 5 Comment(s)

SHINOGI-ZUKURI 
The most general style for TACHI/KATANA and WAKIZASHI (long swords). 
 
1) The ridge line (shinogi) is in normal height. 
 
2) The ridge line is higher. 

  
HIRA-ZUKURI 
The most general style for TANTO. 
 
  

SHOBU-ZUKURI 
It is like SHINOGI-ZUKURI, but without YOKOTE line.    
 

  
KIRIHA-ZUKURI 

Usually in the case of the blades without curvature before 9th century. It is learned from China. 
1) The blade has YOKOTE line. 
 
2) The blade does not have YOKOTE line. 
 
3) The kissaki is double edged. It is also Kissaki-moroha-zukuri.


  
KATA-KIRIHA-ZUKURI 
1) One side is KIRIHA-ZUKURI, another side is HIRA-ZUKURI.   
 
  
2) One side is KIRIHA-ZUKURI, another side is SHINOGI-ZUKURI. 
 
  
3) One side is KIRIHA-ZUKURI, another side is SHOBU-ZUKURI. 
 

  
KANMURI-OTOSHI-ZUKURI 

The thickness on the back becomes thinner from the half of the blade towards the tip. 
1) The base is SHINOGI-ZUKURI.       
In the case of NAGINATA, this type or UNOKUBI-ZUKURI(1) is common. 
 
2) The base is HIRA-ZUKURI.   

 
  
UNOKUBI-ZUKURI 

It is similar to the KANMURI-OTOSHI-ZUKURI, but the back turns to thick near the KISSAKI. 
1) The base is SHINOGI-ZUKURI. 
In the case of NAGINATA, this type or KANMURI-OTOSHI-ZUKURI(1) is common. 

 
2) The base is HIRA-ZUKURI. 
 
  
MOROHA-ZUKURI 

A double edged blade that is asymmetric for the ridge line 
 
  
OSORAKU-ZUKURI 

The KISSAKI part is bigger than the half of the blade's length. 
Usually in TANTO type. 

 
  
KISSAKI-MOROHA-ZUKURI 

The forward part of the blade is double edged.  

A curved kissaki-moroha-zukuri style blade is especially called "Kogarasu-maru" style. "Kogarasu-maru" is the nickname of one very famous sword in that style. It was a treasure of the Taira family in 12th century, and now in the imperial collection 
The Kogarasu-maru in the imperial collection



RYO-SHINOGI-ZUKURI 

A symmetric double edged blade. 
The cross section is like a diamond
.
 
  
HIRA-SANKAKU-ZUKURI 

The cross section is a triangle. Mainly for YARI (lance). 
 

5 Comment(s)

Bruce Munday:
09/10/2016, 08:39:30 AM
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Thank you Mr Yao very interesting

Bruce Munday:
09/10/2016, 08:40:42 AM
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Thank you Mr Yao very interesting

Frederick Reece:
09/09/2018, 02:52:42 AM
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Man I don't even need a cane and I'm ordering 2 of these

Ross:
03/11/2018, 06:24:54 AM
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I am looking on the video of 'How a Shinogi' is make..i mean a step or technique to hammering on the ßlades..Please Sirr !!!

EDDIE CHANG:
12/05/2019, 01:20:52 PM
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Hi, do u have zhanmadao? Thick stainless Steel rod length: 160cm/Chrome colour. Using KIRIHA-ZUKURI blade Lenght:50cm. If have, and how much? And is it free shipping? Thank you.

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