Language: Japanese
Source: In common use


Shihōzume-gitae (四方詰え) literally means "four sides packed forging".

Similar to the hon-sanmai construction but with the addition of a separate section of so-called munegane (棟鉄 / 棟金) at the back.

Shihozume gitae


See the tsurikomi article by the Kashima sisters. Also Markus Sesko; Encyclopedia of Japanese swords. Lulu Publishing. 2014. Page 390. (Available for purchase here.)


Further reading

Article: Construction methods of Japanese swords


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