The Official Name for the Samurai sword is the Katana. In english this sword is referred to as the Japanes longsword. This type of sword is made to very exacting specifications and is curved with a sharpened blade on one side. But this doesn't mean only the sharpened side was used. The blunt side was also a dangerous weapon and the samurai used it when he wished to subdue his opponent without cutting and killing him.
Generally the samurai sword was used as a cutting/slashing weapon but because the curve was gentle it could also be effectively used in a thrusting strike - using the point the penetrate an opponents armor.
Typically a samurai would not carry this weapon alone. He would pair this sword up with a second smaller weapon -either a wakizashi or a tanto. The tanto is about the size of a dagger but in the same curved fashion as the Katana. The Wakizashi was a mid-length weapon shorter than the Katana but longer than the tanto.
Hattori Hanzo Kill Bill Samurai Katana Sword w/ Devil Loved Kill Bill? Just gotta get all of the Kill Bill memorabilia. Well no collection is complete without the sword that made the movie a classic. This sword is awesome to see and even better to hold. The sword is solidly made and even has a good balance and extended handle for swift and powerful moves. You just cannot face the Crazy 88 without a worthy sword. Check the attributes of the weapon bellow.
Black Cord Wrapped Boken Daito Wood Practice Sword This listing is for a Single Bokken. The boken is constructed of oak with a dark stained finish. The handle of the boken is wrapped in a black nylon cord, just as a katana would be. The boken has been constructed with a high detail to replicate the look and feel of a katana, with a kissak at the end of the tip and a pentagonal spine and blade.
Here is an authentic Japanese Tanto. This weapon was used when the sword fighting got very close.
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Practice Drills for Japanese Swordsmanship To become an expert swordsman, one must pay close attention to detail, be highly self-critical, and practice diligently every day under the guidance of a good teacher. Unfortunately, contact time with a worthy mentor is limited for most. Practice Drills for Japanese Swordsmanship fills this obvious gap in the training of the modern swordsman by providing bokuto (wooden sword) drills to supplement the formal class activity of forms practice. Both single and two-person drills are presented, some common to iaido and kenjutsu, others extracted from iaido forms by the author and used to teach his own students the proper ways of drawing, parrying, and cutting. Each drill is illustrated with step-by-step drawings to help students hone their techniques; together they provide a comprehensive system of general skills development for anyone interested in using the Japanese sword.
Japanese Sword Cleaning Kit This Japanese sword cleaning kit includes blade oil, rice papers and a powder ball for blade polishing all featured in a collectible wooden box.
If you are interested in samurai swords but are only a beginner it is always a good choice to get yourself a wooden practice weapon. It is a safe way to learn and they are very inexpensive.
The Shinai Kendo Bamboo sword is quite possibly the most popular wooden weapon that is made.
How to Make a Cardboard Katana (Samurai Sword):