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San Francisco Nipponto 
( Japanese Sword Society
A message from the SFNS Society

With thousands of junk swords, pseudo-Japanese swords, US garage-made swords and unscrupulous sword dealers in the U.S., it is no surprise that many new Japanese sword collectors, enthusiasts, or casual buyers mistakenly waste their precious money & time on swords that are absolutely useless.
Even with the legitimate or genuine swords, there are over 40 different kinds of Kizu ( Flaws or blemishes ) that possibly cannot be repaired or fatal and therefore degrade a sword's value & quality. 
Among over 40 different kinds of Kizu, there are 3 specific "fatal" Kizu that are very possible in the Japanese swords.  The swords with fatal Kizu have no value.
Nobody should get into Japanese sword collecting without learning from the San Francisco Nipponto Society ( SFNS ).   The SFNS educates its members on how to restore Japanese swords properly, and teaches them how to spot flaws and blemishes in the Japanese swords.   The SF Japanese Sword Society offers the weekly and monthly sword study meetings and  various sword restoration classes at our Dojo ( Martial Art School ) in San Francisco.

The classes include the studies on Japanese history ( Nihonshi ) and language ( Nihongo ) as well.
Friday evenings: From 7 to 9 PM
Sundays: From 10 AM to 2 PM 
More than 65% of our information has never been exposed to anyone outside of Japan.  Our associates and colleagues are the Japanese Government certified swordsmiths, polishers, cord wrappers, metal workers, and various craftsmen in Japan.   They often visit the SFNS Dojo here in San Francisco.  During their visit in the Great San Francisco Bay Area, they give the sword lectures, sword restoration classes, Japanese history and Japanese language classes. Our SFNS members, associates and relatives are encouraged to attend these special meeting and classes conducted by the Japanese master craftsmen.  We have at least 3 translators and interpreters during these ongoing classes and study meetings at our Dojo ( Martial Art school ) in San Francisco.
The materials that we use for the restoration work are imported from various cities of Japan, the true birthplace of Japanese swords and ancient Samurai warriors.
The SFNS actually owns various antique Nipponto ( Japanese swords ) & sword furniture that are available for inspection by the SFNS members & associates exclusively. 
Our bilingual Sensei ( Teacher ) teaches Japanese martial arts, Japanese language, Japanese sword history and sword restoration skills at our Dojo in San Francisco.  He was born in the West Kanda area of Tokyo, Japan, & arrived in the US on August 28th, 1971.   He became an US citizen in October 1995.   He offers the private sword consultation meetings and sword-related lessons at our Dojo
As a result of attending these private sword consultation meetings & classes, many SFNS members, associates and sword collectors have become the owners of various genuine Japanese swords, such as rare  Kamakura Era ( 1182 -1333 ) Tachi ( Swords with deeper curvature ), Nanbokucho Era ( 1334 - 1389 ), Muromachi Era ( 1390 - 1572 ), Azuchi-Momoyama Era ( 1573 - 1623 ) and Edo Era ( 1624 - 1867 ) blades in the past 3 decades.

Our SF Sword Society believes that the only way to find success in the field of Japanese swords is with thorough, focused studying, a respect for the
history involved, and sincerity from both Sensei and the Seito ( Disciples or students ).
To become an official member of the SFNS, make a check
( Amount of $175, annual membership fee ) payable
to SFNS and send it to PO Box 12235,
San Francisco, CA 94112
For more information on
possible membership
or other questions
please contact us
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We would be glad to assist you.
The complete information of junk swords, pseudo-Japanese swords, US Garage-made swords, swords with Kizu ( Flaws or blemishes ) & unscrupulous sword dealers
in the U.S will exclusively become available when you register
as an official member of the S F N S.

Our Services

Nippon no Bu-jitsu
( Japanese Martial Art Skills )
Tanto-jitsu ( Dagger ) Training
Ken-jitsu ( Sword Fighting Skills ) Training
Shuriken-jitsu ( Throwing Blade Skills ) Training
Naginata-jitsu ( Japanese Halberd Skills ) Training
Kusari-Fundo-jitsu ( Chain Fighting Skills ) Training
Tameshi-giri ( Test Cutting ) Training with Ao-take ( Green bamboo reeds )

Nipponto no Shuuri Shuuzen
( Japanese sword restoration )
Sword Restoration Instructional Classes ( Monthly and Bi-monthly )
Sword Study Meetings ( Weekly on Fridays and Monthly on Sundays )

Nipponto no Benkyou to Kenkyuu
( Japanese sword study and research ) 
Japanese sword study
Japanese history study
Japanese language study
Special Mei-furi reading class
Special Kanji character reading class
Cancer prevention Samurai/Ninja diet class
or our 
written personally
by our Sensei and edited by
the SFNS executive members & associates !!

Did You Know?

  • Post 111: A New Gendaito A Gendaito purchased by James San James San found the Gendaito in the E-bay Auction and purchased it immediately. There was a Gunso intact. However, since this was not ...
    Posted Nov 25, 2011, 8:03 PM by Website Administrator of SFNS
  • Post 110: The 3 Wakizashi restoration work Our Sensei purchased the 3 Wakizashi in 2010. The 2 of the Wakizashi were purchased from the private collectors in the San Francisco Bay Area. One of them was purchased ...
    Posted Mar 26, 2011, 8:49 PM by Website Administrator of SFNS
  • Post 109: A Kikuchi Clan's spear tip was purchased in January, 2011 and restored in February, 2011 A 530-year old Kikuchi Clan's Yari with an Ubu-Nakago was purchased by our Sensei in January, 2011.   He spent 3 days to complete the 3 basic restoration ...
    Posted Apr 20, 2012, 9:24 PM by Website Administrator of SFNS
  • Post 108: The Hitatsura-fu Tanto restored in February, 2011   The broken tip Tanto with a Hitatsura-fu Hamon was restored completely on February 15th, 2010.   We have taken some progressive photos for your inspection: 1. Before the restoration work ...
    Posted Mar 7, 2011, 3:07 PM by Website Administrator of SFNS
  • Post 107: The Hitatsura-fu Hamon Tanto was received in January, 2011 The broken tip Tanto with a Hitatsura-fu Hamon was received for the 2 basic restoration work during the 2-day Cow Palace gun show held on Sunday, January 16th ...
    Posted Jan 28, 2011, 10:37 AM by Website Administrator of SFNS
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Book Reviews

  • Book 7: The Japanese sword - An American Perspective Book 7 / English   70 points Title: The Japanese sword American perspective   Author: Gary MurthaMany color photos Koshirae Kanagu ( Tsuba, Fuchi/Kashira, Menuki, Kozuka, etc. ) are included. A few mistakes ...
    Posted Oct 29, 2009, 2:15 PM by Website Administrator of SFNS
  • Book 6: Japanese swords and fittings in the Western Australia Museum Book 6 / English   60 points   Title: Japanese swords and fittings in the Western Australia Museum Author: George TrotterIt took 11 years for them to correct some statements and diagram ...
    Posted Oct 29, 2009, 2:16 PM by Website Administrator of SFNS
  • Book 5: Japanese Swordsmanship Book 5 / English 90 points   Title: Japanese swordsmanship Author: Gordon Warner and Donn F. DraegerIf you a Iaido or Kenjitsu practitioner, this book can be a good source of ...
    Posted Oct 29, 2009, 2:17 PM by Website Administrator of SFNS
  • Book 4: Yari / Naginata Nyumon Book 4 / Japanese 90 points Title: Yari / Naginata Nyumon ( Introduction ) Author: Kazuo IidaVery rare photos are included.   Usually, Yari and Naginata are under-stated and often under-valued.   194 ...
    Posted Oct 29, 2009, 2:18 PM by Website Administrator of SFNS
  • Book 3: Tanto Book 3 / Japanese 90 points Title: Tanto   Author: Katei SuzukiIf you are the avid collector of the Tanto, this is a good reference book.   267 pages
    Posted Oct 29, 2009, 2:19 PM by Website Administrator of SFNS
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Available !
Job Training
in the Craft of
the Japanese Swords
Located at our Dojo
( Martial Art School ) in
San Francisco, California, USA.
Various Shuuri-SHuuzen ( Restoration skills ) that will be instructed
during the monthly sword restoration
classes on every Sundays:
Kenma ( Polish ),
Saya Nuri ( Paint ),
Tsuka ( Handle ) construction,
Tsuka-maki ( Cord wrapping ),
Saya ( Scabbard ) construction,
Ume-gane ( Metal implantation ),
Hi-ire ( Adding the Hi or grooves ) &
Habaki-gane ( Metal sleeve ) construction 
Repair on
Magari ( Bent ) or
Hineri ( Twisted ) or  
Uneri ( Spiral ) swords &
daggers, spears, halberds, etc.
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About Our Sensei

Special topics:
58. Yoroi Musha ( Armored Samurai Warrior )
57. Burns Black Bison electric guitar
56. Kalamazoo Gibson 1968 vintage electric guitar
55. SFNS Company's Van
54. The new signs for SFNS
53. The War Bride
52. Nobuta-gari ( Wild pig hunting )
51. Nihongo ( Japanese language ) books
50. Mosrite Combo 1968 vintage electric guitar
49. The story of Nipponto & SFNS ( SF Nipponto Society )
48. The local Chinese restaurant in San Francisco
47. The bogus things and items
46. Daniel San, the Yojinbo ( The body gauard )
45. Mr. Nakanishi, the Godfather
44. Yellow Yamaha electric guitar
43. Tanjou-bi Omedetou ( Happy Birthday ! )
42. 1963 US-made Mosrite guitars
41. Chuugi or Chuusetsu ( Honarable loyalty )
40. SFNS official pens,
39. Vintage Yamaha Bass guitar,
38. Zero frets ( Guitar part ),
37. How to eat meat without getting cancer,
36. Toyota truck 1992 4x4 2.4 liter,
35. Mr. Bob Bogle ( The Ventures ),
34. Acoustic guitars,
33. Ajino-moto ( Monosodium Gulutamate ),
32. Kinmon-Kyou ( Golden Gate Bridge ),
31. Hachi-bunme ( 80% ),
30. The physical examination,
29. The 2 vintage Yamaha guitars,
28. The family trip in Japan ( Tokyo, Kamakura & Yokohama ),
27. The Shima-guni-Konjou ( Ethnocentrism ),
26. Cable cars in San Francisco,
25. Illegal aliens,
24. Sensei's questions,
23. A 21-seater bus driver,
22. Fender Jaguar guitar,
21. Ted San,
20. Vic Morrow,
19. The weather in San Francisco,
18. Sushi & Shouyu,
17. Twilight Zone,
16. Religion in Japan,
15. Tabako,
14. Yojimbo ( Bodyguard ),
13. Shiatsu ( Acupressure Japanese massage ),
12. German language,
11. Cobra guitars,
10. Sensei's flexibility,
9. Sensei's physical ability,
8. The nostalgic music from the 1960's,
7. Steve San,
6. Diabetes,
5. Marriage,
4. Guitars,
3. Cars & Bruce San,
2. Wanted by our Sensei ( Cash paid or trade )
1. Tameshi-Giri ( Test cutting )
( Total: 58 topics )
The opinion expressed in this section
are not necessarily shared
by the SFNS members
and associates
Our Sensei is totally responsible
for his opinion based on his
experience in the US
and in Japan.