The Japanese Katana, historical background info

The Japanese Katana (aka Samurai swords) has been in existence for thousands of years and is a heavy part of the Japanese culture. It's existence has been known to display honor, and its service has continued with reverence and respect for this weapon. Coupled with the use of martial arts has branded the sword to be the ultimate fighting weapon. War played a major part in Japan's history and the people were always developing new types of effectively weapons, and protection armor. Their early weapons

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The Japanese sword (Nihonto) – part 2

Since fighting and wars continued throughout Japan, there was a big demand for swords. The intensity of warfare also led to the development of the Uchigatana. These kind of swords could be worn with the edge up so to combine drawing and slashing actions in a single stroke. Uchigatana were about 61cm (24 inches) long and could easily be used with 1 hand and were practical for indoor fighting where tachi were not. Later on, in the beginning of the Momoyama period (1568-1603), there was the evolution

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The Japanese sword (Nihonto) – Introduction

Lately I read a couple of good books on the histroy & making of the Japanese Sword and tought it would be a good idea to shear that with our readers so I decided to write a few posts about it. If you found something incorrect or you like to add something, don't hesitate to leave a comment ! The technology that led to the development of the Japanese sword originated in China and was brought to Japan in the 4e-5e century A.D. At that time these swords were known as chokuto and did have a straight

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