Samurai Sword Timeline

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  • c. 700 CE
    Steel-bladed swords are first made in Japan.
  • c. 1580 CE
    It becomes fashionable for Japanese samurai to wear two swords: the daisho (‘great and small’).
  • 1588 CE
    Toyotomi Hideyoshi prohibits commoners from carrying weapons, including swords.

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700 CE: Steel-bladed swords are first made in Japan.
 
 
1580 CE: It becomes fashionable for Japanese samurai to wear two swords: the daisho (‘great and small’).
 
 
1588 CE: Toyotomi Hideyoshi prohibits commoners from carrying weapons, including swords.
 
 
 
700 CE 800 CE 900 CE 1000 CE 1100 CE 1200 CE 1300 CE 1400 CE 1500 CE

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