My interest in, and knowledge of, Japanese swords began with my practice of the Martial Arts. At that time every Samurai sword looked fantastic and I wished to own one. Later on when I purchased my first real Japanese swords I began to study them in much greater depth and to learn how to treat them in the traditional way. During this time I gained the more complex knowledge that is important in identifying sword authenticity and assessing their condition.
My studies revealed the great variety in quality of Japanese blades and sword mountings and I have since regularly travelled to Japan to learn more from outstanding examples in the museums and exhibitions. This also allows me to be up to date with the sword market in Japan and do a “sword hunt” for Japanese sword connoisseurs who are interested in acquiring high quality Nihonto (Japanese swords).