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Hamon (刃文)

Japanese term for the temperline on a blade, typically achieved by differential heat treatment.
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Nanako (魚子/斜子)

The Japanese name for punched, dotted surface finishes on metal.
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Shakudō (赤銅)

A Japanese alloy containing copper and gold.
Kankyuto

Kankyûtô (貫級刀/貫首刀)

Japanese word for a samurai tool.
Kozuka

Kozuka (小柄)

Japanese name of a small utility knife worn in sword and dagger scabbards.
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Kusari zukin (鎖頭巾)

Japanese name for the hood of a mail armor set.
Japanese mail jacket

Kusari katabira (鎖帷子)

Japanese name for a jacket of mail armor.
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Kusari gusoku (鎖具足)

Japanese word for mail armor.
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Kusari (鎖)

Japanese word for "chain", also used to describe mail armor.
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Tsuba (鍔 / 鐔)

Japanese name for a sword guard.
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Inome (猪目)

"Boar's eye", a heart-shaped pattern commonly used in Japanese art.
Kogai

Kōgai (笄)

The Japanese term for a hair arranging pin that was worn in Japanese sword scabbards.
Wari kogai

Wari-kōgai (割笄)

The Japanese term for a hair arranging needle that can be split to form a pair of chopsticks.
tachi-mokko-gata

Tachi-mokkō-gata (太刀木瓜形)

Japanese term for a cross-shaped tsuba often used on tachi swords.
Aoi-gata tsuba

Aoi-gata (葵形)

Japanese word for a sword guard shape. Literelly "hollyhock shape".
Nanban tetsu

Nanban tetsu (南蠻鉃)

Literally: Southern barbarian steel.
Kusarigama

Kusarigama (鎖鎌)

A Japanese scythe weapon with weight and chain.
Hisayuki

Hisayuki (久隨)

A Japanese maker of sword mounts, active in the Edo period.
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Shibuichi (四分一)

A copper-silver alloy used to make Japanese sword mounts.