Although samurai swords were first developed in the early 10th century, they have a history that is even older. A samurai sword is an actual Japanese sword, usually characterized by a single-edged, curved blade with a square or rectangular guard and typically long, single-handed grips. It was utilized by samurai in medieval Japan and usually worn on the upper blade face with the blade face facing upwards. During the feudal period, these swords were used as weapons of choice for a select few members of the samurai class and were also carried on the person similar to a mace. For non-samurai only the sharper side of the blade was allowed to be used.
Because of their illustrious history, many people choose to incorporate samurai swords into their wardrobe. There are a wide variety of styles and designs available today. Traditionally, the Japanese favored the straight katana design, which was later adopted and incorporated into other forms of Japanese swords. There are two types of traditional katana: flat wooden and curvature steel. Flat type was more popular and used during both the early and latter periods in Japanese history, while the curvature style came into popularity during the Edo period (from the 11th century). Although they are similar in shape, there are key differences between the two that will help you determine which one you prefer to use.
Due to their popularity in Japan, there are many replica samurai swords available on the market today. The most popular, of course, is the Katana, which was used most frequently throughout the history of Japan and is often depicted in samurai movies. However, the Japanese also developed a number of smaller swords, most notably the Wakizashi, which was a shorter sword that was much more effective for close-quarter combat. In addition to replica katanas and wakizashi, many Japanese collectors still prefer to own authentic Japanese samurai swords, as each has its own distinct personality.
Aside from being long and strong, samurai swords are known for their simplicity. Their single blade is much easier to handle than a pair of standard kitchen knives, making them ideal for any type of cutting and preparation. The single blade, however, also requires more steady handling, and so it is recommended that beginners learn how to properly handle their blades before they invest in them. On the other hand, even veterans find it easy to control their swords with just a little practice.
Another important factor that differentiates authentic samurai swords from those of other countries is the method of cutting. Most Japanese swords are made using only a single stroke technique, called tanto. This technique, which involves a downward thrust of the sword, is known as “tamahagane”. Many other swords, known as “shikai”, employ a number of downward strokes combined with back swings to increase their effectiveness. Because of this, authentic Japanese swords make excellent weapons, capable of inflicting lethal attacks on enemies at close range.
While a traditional cache is a single blade tool, there are two distinct classifications of samurai swords. There are the “kyuba” tachi and the “hakizashi” tachi. A katana, or short sword, is usually shorter than a shikai, or sword, of equal length. The hakizashi is longer, weighing about five pounds total. Regardless of the weapon’s length, both katana and each have blades that are ground down from hard, unyielding steel.