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HAND-FORGED BLADES

Our katanas are handmade in the respect of Japanese traditions. The blade is forged in Tamahagan steel, and sharpened by the best craftsmen with the traditional know-how and techniques. From the handle (tsuka 柄), to the scabbard (saya 鞘), each katana is unique.

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How to choose a katana

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Type of katana

The Japanese sword is probably the most popular type. Carried by ancient and feudal Japanese samurai, it is characterized by its single-edged curved blade with a guard and long grip.

The Japanese wakizashi is another popular choice. It is smaller than the katana, with many traditional samurai warriors carrying both. When the two swords are carried together, the combination is called a daishō, which translates to "large small."

Sharp or blunt

It is important to know the use of this one, indeed for the practice of martial arts in club, it is mandatory to have a non-sharp sword (Iaito).

The Iaito has a balance point closer to the guard, and it is also lighter (between 600 and 900gr). This allows you to work with the sword longer.

There are several steels available:

Laito Aluminium blade (about 600gr), Iaito Carbon steel blade (about 850gr), Iaito Stainless steel blade (about 900gr)

Sharp katanas are made for cutting Tatami-Omote or green bamboo. It is forbidden to practice with a sharp katana in a club. You can also join a Battodo or Tameshigiri club.

Steel quality

There are different types of steel to forge a katana blade. The most famous for its density, hardness and strength is tamahagan steel. However, it is possible to make katanas out of many materials, depending on the use you will have for them. Here are the 3 different grades of carbon in sharp swords.

The 1045 (0.45% carbon) Blade for initiation to cutting on soft objects. The 1060 (0,60% carbon) Blade for training on traditional supports. The 1095 (0,95% of carbon) Blade for an intensive use on tatami-Omote or Green Bamboo.

Length of the blade

Take the length of the blade into account while selecting your katana. Japanese blacksmiths began using a longer blade for the katana after the Edo era. These katanas were also heavier and had a greater curvature than the swords made before this period.

Traditional Japanese swords have three different divisions of blade length:

1 shaku or less (Tanto)
1-2 shaku (Wakizashi or Kodachi)
2 shaku or more (Katana or Tachi)

The bohi

The Bo-hi also called Hi, is a groove cut located under the spin. It lightens the blade between 150g and 200g.


On the other hand, the presence of a groove (Bo-hi) makes the sword slightly weaker. It is a bit of a sacrifice, because the bo-hi reduces the weight of the sword, but at the cost of a small amount of strength.

katana daito

KATANAS (DAITO)

These long swords, measure more than 2 shaku (the unit of measurement for length in Japan), approximately 60,60 cm. They were carried by Japanese warriors. Katanas are often described as the main weapon in manga and games, but in reality they were used as auxiliary weapons when the bow and arrow were exhausted or the spear broke.

wakizashi

WAKIZASHI

Despite not being as well-known as the iconic conventional katana, this weapon is equally as significant. The wakizashi, also known as shoto, is a short sword. This traditional Japanese sword is between 30 and 60 centimeters long. When their katana was rendered useless, they would employ this backup weapon.

tanto

TANTO

"Tan" means "short", and "To" means "sword" in Japanese. A tanto is therefore a general term for swords with a short blade length of 1 shaku (30.3 cm) or less. There are also double-edged items such as swords and armor buckles with extremely thick layers. In the Edo period, one left one's sword at the entrance of the host's house, while the tanto was kept with one. It was the only way to defend oneself against any attack or trap.

The term dagger was given relatively recently. Since daggers can be used by weak women and children, they were mainly used as self-defense weapons. The most famous self-defense dagger that survives to this day is the imperial treasure dagger called "Hirano Toshiro".

nodachi

Nodachi

The nodachi (野太刀) is a Japanese longsword characterized by its extremely long blade. It was used primarily by the samurai class of feudal Japan and was known for its strength and cutting ability.

The nodachi was often carried slung across the back, and as such it was not easily drawn in combat. As a result, it was less effective in close combat, but its strength and range made it a fearsome weapon against several foes.

The nodachi was more frequently carried as a ceremonial sword or used for training than it was for actual combat. The nodachi was reported to be so heavy and awkward that only the most powerful samurai could use it efficiently.

tachi

Tachi

Tachi (太刀) were typically longer than katana, with a blade length of over 60 cm (2 ft). Tachi blades also tended to be more curved than katana blades, making them better suited for slashing rather than thrusting. Tachi swords were often used in cavalry battles, as the longer reach and extra weight made them ideal for hacking down enemy soldiers from horseback. Tachi swords are considered to be some of the most beautiful and elegant examples of Japanese sword craftsmanship.

Tachi were in use during the Kofun period. Tachi were also worn by the famous samurai Minamoto no Yoshitsune during the late Heian period and early Kamakura period.

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Battle ready swords

Whether you are a fan of Japan, bladed weapons or the Edo period, our katanas forged by our craftsmen are ideal for martial artists and collectors alike. Unique decorative katanas to display and contemplate. A katana is also an ideal gift for all Samurai and ninja enthusiasts.

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