Our Tachi Sword Collection pays honor to the illustrious past of these superb swords by fusing the creativity of skilled swordsmiths with the warrior spirit. Each tachi is a one-of-a-kind work of art that embodies the samurai's distinctive power, honor, and accuracy.
What is a tachi sword
The more well-known katana is a form of traditional Japanese sword that predates the tachi. During the Heian period (794-1185 AD), when conflicts and battles were fought on horseback, it was the chosen weapon of the samurai class. Tachis are distinguished by their long, curved blades and intricate, handcrafted fittings, which symbolize the samurai's high status and crucial position in traditional Japanese culture.
Tachis are designed to be worn with the cutting edge facing down, suspended from the belt in a unique style known as "tachi style." This differentiates them from the later katanas, which are typically worn with the cutting edge facing up. The design of the tachi, from its distinctive curvature to the position of the signature on the tang, is intended for efficient use on horseback, making it a weapon of both practicality and elegance.
Tachi VS Katana
While both the tachi and the katana are revered symbols of the samurai, understanding their differences is key to appreciating the unique qualities of each sword. The tachi is generally longer and more curved than the katana, with the signature (mei) on the tang carved in a different position. This difference in design reflects the change in combat style over time, with the tachi being designed for cavalry use and the katana being optimized for foot soldiers.
Additionally, the method of wear also distinguishes the two swords. The tachi is worn hanging from the belt with the cutting edge down, while the katana is worn thrust through the belt with the cutting edge up. This not only impacted how the sword was drawn but also influenced the fighting techniques used by the samurai.
Unique hand-forged tachi for sale
Adding a samurai tachi sword to your collection is an opportunity to own a unique piece of history. Each sword in our Tachi Sword Collection embodies the samurai spirit and acts as a physical reminder of Japan's illustrious history. Owning a tachi is a sign that you value the richness and beauty of conventional Japanese culture, whether you prefer to exhibit it as a piece of art or use it for martial arts training.
We have the largest selection of Tachi Japanese swords available so you can pick the ideal one for you. You can also complete your Samurai's gear with ninjato, another samurai sword.