Early Samurai Swords – A Brief History

the katana blade in order to create a longer and sturdier model

When talking about Samurai Swords one would automatically think of the great Samurai warriors of Japan and China. However, the Samurai Sword has far more meaning for the modern day swordsman and enthusiast. Samurai Swords was originally made for use in a wide variety of activities and battles. This is because they were designed with multiple functions, which is what makes them so unique. We take a look at the five main uses for Samurai Swords today.

There are generally five types of swords, which include the Katana, Wakizashi (also known as Wakizashi), Tanto, Short Sword, and the Long Sword. There are also five styles of Samurai Swords, which includes the straight katana, curved katana, wakizashi and scimitar. The most famous and iconic of all the Samurai Swords; the katana is characterized by its lengthy blade and rectangular handle which is designed to fit two hands perfectly. Due to its popularity many Japanese sword manufacturers have added to the length of the katana blade in order to create a longer and sturdier model.

a long wooden handle with a hook

One of the most unique styles of Japanese swords is known as the masamune. Masamune are smaller in design than other Japanese swords, making them ideal for storage. The malamute is traditionally made from oak and designed with intricate details on the blade. Many westerners believe that the design of the masamune to be very similar to the ebisui, which is an Edo period weapon that was used as both a concealed weapon and for battle. The Ebisui had a long wooden handle with a hook on the end and could be used as either a concealed weapon or a razor sharpened sword.

After the samurai swords were phased out by the mass-produced Samurai Swords of the 15th century, the craftsmanship was passed down only to a few skilled swordsmiths. These swordsmen tended to be very short in stature and were always carrying an ashigaru, or two, with them at all times. Ashigaru were small Samurai Swords that incorporated a single-edged blade that was usually very sharp. Many of the early Ashigaru swords were made from metal that has high amounts of carbon, making the blade stiff yet smooth to touch.

Samurai Swords was also carrying concealed within the kimono

The warrior Samurai warriors were also known to wear kimono that was a wrap-around cloth worn over the shoulders. Samurai Swords of the 15th century was no exception to this practice. Samurai Swords was also carrying concealed within the kimono, even to the point where the blade was often replaced by a small shield called metsubishi. Samurai Swords was also referred to as malamutes.

The curved katana style of Samurai Sword is the most well-known design of the Japanese sword. The name was derived from the curvature of the blade, which was nearly one octave (a half turn of the circle). The curvature was intended for cutting in a wide flat area. This type of curvature was rarer than the flat style of sword. The katana could be either straight (long blade) or curved (short blade).

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