About Nihonto

My name is Fred Weissberg and I have been collecting and/or dealing in Japanese Swords and related items for over forty years.  I am a member of the NBTHK (Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai) in Japan, a member of the Board of Directors of the American Branch of the NBTHK American Branch.  I am also President and a member of the board of directors of the NCJSC (Northern California Japanese Sword Club). Please feel free to visit the NCJSC website

The study of Japanese swords is a lifelong adventure. After forty years, I am just beginning to really understand the depth and intricacies of this field of study. I can promise all who take up this hobby, however, that it is well worth it and you will find that it will be time well spent.

In 1998, I founded the internet company Nihonto.com.  Nihonto.com is a commercial and educational website dealing in high quality Japanese swords, armor, and related items.  It is one of the first companies to bring these items to the worldwide web and has been doing business internationally and domestically ever since.  This website also contains a large body of educational information on Japanese swords, sword history, sword smiths, and other related topics.

I am always glad to share my knowledge and help anyone learn about the swords, fittings, etc. that they own. Looking at swords and related items increases my knowledge and there is no substitute for research as a learning tool. Thus, I gladly help people at no charge or obligation.

Please enjoy this web site. It is not intended to be an all-encompassing source of information on Japanese swords and related items. Rather, hopefully it will present enough information to provide a few basics and lead to more in depth discussions on specific subjects or about specific swords, fittings, armor etc. I look forward to hearing from anybody and everybody about this most interesting of subjects, THE JAPANESE SWORD.

Feel free to contact me with any questions: hageyama@mindspring.com