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The Samurai sword is a brand onto itself. If there is anything well known about the Japanese Samurai it is the relationship between the warrior and the sword - much like that between the Old West gunslinger and his gun.

The various lores associated with a Samurai and his sword have given an out-of-the-world image to the Samurai sword. Of course, none of this is just hype...

The Samurai sword deserves admiration on many levels. For its exotic looks and its artistic and aesthetic value, we can like this sword. But it is for its indispensability to the warrior, through its various uses in a battle, that we love this Samurai Weapon.

The individual sword of a Samurai symbolizes the Samurai's prestige and his skills in battle. It is a measure of his stature in society.

The bushi (the warrior class) revered the sword greatly and took great care of it, The sword was treated almost as a living thing made of flesh and blood. Possession of a beautiful sword was considered central to a Samurai's very existence and no bushi worth his salt would want to be seen without his sword being worn proudly.

A Samurai was expected to be a good swordsman and almost always, the survivor in a battle was determined by who was the better swordsman.

A social observation, it is interesting to note that a haughty Samurai who used his sword indiscriminately on other people was severely despised by his fellowmen. Contrary to the images drawn by popular cinema and modern fiction, a Samurai was expected to be bound by the warrior's code of ethics (bushido) as well as his own personal moral values.

A Samurai who was carefree with his use of a sword was looked upon as immature and crude. In fact, there are several recorded incidents in Japanese history of Samurai who were punished by their masters for unnecessary use of the sword. Remember, that Samurai were usually honor bound to Warlords and other Nobility whose word was law...

The traditional name for Japanese swords is nihonto. These, again, can be classified into different types of swords based on the way they are forged, the curvature of the blade and also the sheer size of the weapon.

By far, the most popular among the sword varieties is the katana. Curved and long in size, these majestic single-edged blades were traditionally used by the Samurai starting in the 1400's.

The tachi is also another single-edged blade somewhat similar to the katana, it being longer and more curved.

The Otachi and Nodachi are other swords that should be mentioned, here. As they are among other long, single-edged blades of the same type.

Among the shorter swords wielded by a Samurai is the Wakizashi., And as far as double-edged swords are concerned, the Tsurugi is the most popular one.

There are also some pole-mounted weapons, which not specifically swords, nevertheless, are still considered as part of the nihonto family due to the way they are forged. The Naginata and Yari are two such weapons.

Modern swords, forged in the same way as those carried by real Samurai warriors of the past, as well as antique Samurai swords, are still in great demand. Such Samurai Swords are widely available for purchase.


About the Author:  Scott Harker is the publisher of several websites including: Garden Resources, Pin-up Arts and Artists, and Witch Girl.


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Florida man wields samurai sword during road rage incident, police say - Fox News
Posted on Thursday July 27, 2017


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Florida man wields samurai sword during road rage incident, police say
Fox News
An argument between spouses in Florida on Tuesday provided the sparks for a road rage incident -- that ended with the husband allegedly pulling a samurai sword on two brothers. Police in Brooksville, located 50 miles north of Tampa, said the chain of ...

LOOK: Florida man uses samurai sword to prop hood of his car - Palm Beach Post
Posted on Wednesday July 26, 2017


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LOOK: Florida man uses samurai sword to prop hood of his car
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The tweet, posted by Tampa Bay Times writer Zachary T. Sampson, shows a car hood being held up by a samurai sword. Sampson, along with fellow Times reporter Langston Taylor, stopped to help give a man a jump and were surprised to see a huge sword ...

Florida man pulls 25-inch sword in road rage incident: cops - NY ... - New York Daily News
Posted on Wednesday July 26, 2017


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Brooksville man threatens couple with samurai sword in road rage incident - TBO.com
Posted on Wednesday July 26, 2017


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Brooksville man threatens couple with samurai sword in road rage incident
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Daniel Franklin Seymour, 43, of Brooksville, is facing multiple charges after he threatened to kill a couple with a samurai sword that he pulled out of his vehicle in a road rage incident Tuesday afternoon, according to the Brooksville Police Department.

Police: Man threatened couple with samurai sword in Hernando road rage incident - WFLA
Posted on Tuesday July 25, 2017


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Police: Man threatened couple with samurai sword in Hernando road rage incident
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BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (WFLA) – A man was arrested on Tuesday after threatening a couple with a samurai sword after a road rage incident. The City of Brooksville Police Department said officers were called to the area of Broad Street and Croom Road for an ...

Grisly photos show officer's injuries after Samurai sword attack - Police News
Posted on Friday July 21, 2017


Grisly photos show officer's injuries after Samurai sword attack
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Police Union President George Tilbury told WA Today the 55-year-old officer responded to a domestic incident Wednesday. The suspect allegedly left the house before police arrived, but returned and attacked the officer with a Samurai sword.

FLORIDUH Man Draws Samurai Sword and Threatens to Kill Drivers ... - Gossip Extra
Posted on Thursday July 27, 2017


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FLORIDUH Man Draws Samurai Sword and Threatens to Kill Drivers ...
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