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Tips for learning about Japanese Swords:
1) Buy Books: Start with John Yumoto's The Samurai Sword: a handbook . This book will give you a good background in all the terminology that needs to be learned.
2) Download the information from the NBTHK American Branch website at www.nbthk-ab.org on how to handle and look at a Japanese sword.
3) Join a Japanese sword club near you, go to the sword shows that are held around the country. There's nothing better than being able to see and hold a sword to learn about it.
4) Most importantly learn what not to buy. Learn how to look for all the faults in a blade.