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Established in 1968 the Northern To-Ken Society promotes the study and preservation of Japanese Arms and Armour in the North of the UK.

A New Koshirae

A member of the society recently had a Muromachi period Hikobe Sukesada tanto restored in Japan using Paul Martin’s restoration services. As part of the restoration he had a new koshirae made forthe tanto. We believe this shows what excellent quality work Paul Martin can arrange for collectors.


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Hon'ami Koshu Sensei Appointed Living National Treasure for the Craft of Japanese Sword Polishing

The Northern To-Ken Society would like to congratulate Hon’ami Koshu sensei on his appointment as Living National Treasure for the craft of Japanese sword polishing.

Photographs, courtesy and copyright of Tom Kishida

With thanks to Paul Martin:


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A Member’s Restored Sword

A member of the society recently had akatana fully restored using Paul Martin’s excellentrestoration service. See the website below for more information on the services Paul offers:


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