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Antique Japanese wakizashi sword blade showing the horimono, of a chrysanthemum.

Horimono (彫り物, 彫物, literally carving, engraving), also known as chōkoku (彫刻, "sculpture"), are the engraved images in the blade of a Japanese sword, which may include katana or tantō blades.[1] The images are most often carved into ceremonial blades due to the inherent weakness associated with the compromised integrity of a carved blade.[citation needed] The artist is called a chōkokushi (彫刻師), or a horimonoshi (彫物師, "engraver"). There are a variety of designs, which include kozumi (claws), kusa kurikara (草倶利伽羅) (Arabesque style), Munenagabori (created in Munenaga), rendai (lotus pedastal), tokko (a type of Indian sword), fruit, dragons, and many others.



  1. ^ Glossary

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