Blacksmiths need only a few tools for their trade and they can also make their own tools when far away from their workshops.
Photo by Jon Warren
Sword with scabbard and belt, iron, silver, partly gilded; textile, L: 89,5cm; loan from the National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside, Liverpool
The sword is worn attached to a belt decorated with fine silver buckles. Besides being used in war, swords were previously worn as a prestigious symbol of the nobility. Today only those who are knighted as Dasho* (Senior Officer) by the king are allowed to carry one.