In the world of gunto, it is important to know the vocabulary of this world, because only Japanese words are used! But don't worry, this page will help you find your way around and learn some Japanese words at the same time!
Detailed terminology for various parts of the Type 98 gunto (kyuhachi shiki gunto) in World War II
Kabuto-gane Metal accessories on the handle head
Sarute The metal ring on Kabuto-Gane
Menuki Metal ornaments on both sides of the handle
Samekawa Sticker for the handle of a japanese sword
Fuchi The ring at the base of the handle has a hole for the knife stem to pass through.
Tsuba Hand guard between handle and blade.
Habaki collar of the blade.
Tosho A ribbon hanging from the blade handle Sarute
Kuchigane Sheath openingAshi Metal accessories placed on the scabbard near kuchigane
Haikan Metal protrusions on Ashi
Obi-tori Metal ring on Haikan
Semegane The second metal accessory placed on the scabbard near the bottom
Ishizuki The cap at the bottom of the scabbard
The terminology of various parts of the cavalry sword
ww2 katana Names of various parts of the blade
A.SAKIKASANE Thickness of blade tip.
B.MOTOKASANE Thickness of the bottom of the blade.
C.KISSAKI NAGASA Length of tip.
D.SAKIHABA Width of blade tip.
E.MUNE The surface of the katana back.
F.MOTOHABA Width of bottom of blade.
G.MUNEMACHI The notch at the top of the blade stem,where the back surface (mune) of the blade begins.
H.HAMACHI A notch at the top of the blade,where the blade begins.
I.FUKURA The radian of the blade in the tip area.
J.BOSHI Blade text in the tip area.
K.YOKOTE The boundary between blade tip and blade body.
L.KOSHINOGI Shinogi-ji above the blade tip area (yokote).
M. MITSUKADO Intersection point of yokote and blade edge of blade body and blade edge of tool tip.
N.SHINOGI MITSUKADO Shinogi,Koshinogi und Yokote linien.
O.SHINOGI-JI Blade surface between shinogi and mune.
P.SHINOGI A chear straight line extending along the longitudinal direction of the blade is the thickest part of the blade (only appearing on katana of shinogi-zakuri) .
Q.JI The surface between shinogi and nioiguchi.
R.HA The edge area of the cutter body is hardened by quenching.
S.HASAKI Asharpened edge.
T.NIOIGUCHI A clear line separating the hardened blade from the softer part of the blqde body.
U.ASHI Nioiguchi's extension line in the direction of the blade.
V.HACHO A straight line that determines the length of the blade.
W.SORI Degree of blade bending.
X.ZENCHO The total length of the katana,including the stem (the blade length is only the blade body).
Y.NAKAGO NACASA Length of katana stem.
Z.MAKUGIANA A hole in the shank for receiving Mekugi (bamboo nail for fixing the blade in the handle).
AA,MEI Inscription on the hilt (usually the name of the katana maker,but there are often other information).