Parts of a Japanese Sword (Blade and Koshirae Mountings)

There are 4 images on this page. Click each image for a close up view.)

Parts of the Japanese Samurai Sword Blade (Full)

Parts of a Japanese Sword's Blade in Close

Parts of a Japanese Samurai Sword in Close - Unique Japan

Parts of a Japanese Samurai Sword - Unique Japan

Here is an image that shows how the Japanese sword changed shape over a period of over 1000 years (click for larger view)