A closeup of a katana blade. Note the temper line (hamon), Be wary of swords with fake hamons. Inexpensive swords sometimes have the hamon etched on instead of a differential hardening process with clay.
Jade-hilted Dagger with gold-inlaid inscribed blade & diamond-set silver scabbard. Medium: Ottoman Location: Turkey Dated: circa 18th century Inscriptions: The inscriptions include two couplets in Turkish and the Arabic: ”There is no youth [as brave as] ‘Ali, no sword [as sharp as] dhi’l-faqar”. The watered steel blade with a double band of inscription on either side, floral interlace on the forte, the spinach jade hilt carved with irises and with an appliqué rose-diamond roset.
Katana attributed to the Yamato Shizu school, 1300s. Yamata Shizu school blades with the large extended kissaki are from the Nanbokucho period. Shizu Kaneuji when he worked in Yamato, helped to teach a very productive and high quality school. Yamato Shizu blades are very well thought of in their quality with many passing strict Juyo Token shinsa. Unsigned – Juyo Token to Yamato Shizu. Sayagaki by Tanobe Sensei of the NBTHK. Length of cutting edge - 65.41 cm.