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About Samurai Swords

In Japanese martial arts history, from the days of the Samurai - we find that there are several different incarnations of the katana or Samurai Sword. One earlier blade is known as the tachi, which has a much more curved blade, rather than straight. It was used primarily by horse-mounted superiors (like officers) in the military, and was wielded with one hand, normally.

Then, later in the evolution of the katana, from the Momoyama period on to the Maji, a straighter samurai sword blade was developed. This blade, with variations, is the type of design that is often seen and most associated with the concept of the katana. The straighter edge and its length made this design a much faster-drawing type of sword, with more speed involved.

One question people often ask me about the Japanese katana - is where did its initial design come from? The first origins of the Japanese katana came from a Chinese straight sword.

This was mainly used for fighting foes on foot and keeping the peace in villages.You could swing the original-style sword this way and that way. It was double-edged and you could stab with it. Just right for ground fighting - as a hacking weapon.

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But as the Japanese warriors came to realize, when they were fighting on horseback, this design was not so functional. The mounted soldier or samurai would hack down with their sword into an enemy, but it would get caught into the bodies that they were attacking. It was not good to so easily lose your weapon!

So what they did, was to ask their sword makers for a different type of sword - one whose blade curved and had but one very sharp edge. And now the samurai or warrior on horseback had a weapon which had the ability to slide through an enemy a little bit better without catching on the bodies as they rode through ground troops. And now those moving rapidly on a horse could be a very deadly force in a battle. So that's kind of how the katana evolved into what it is seen today with both a curved and a straight design.

Both straight blades and curved were in use up through World War II, although the became more ceremonial - such as markings of rank as an officer than as a day to day weapon. American soldiers encountered such swords in World War II in the hands of Japanese officers.

Many who practice martial arts include sword play with the samurai sword. And you can find different types of sword makers, in Japan, who are still making these types of blades. All of this is keeping the katana alive in today's world of martial arts.

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Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969




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