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Samurai Sword Facts by Nick Johnson
The first samurai swords we're actually straight bladed, single edged
weapons imported from Korea and China known as chokuto, which were later
replaced with the curved blade variety at the end of the 8th Century. The
name of the curved blade swords which replaced them was Tachi. The reason
for this transformation was samurai found that a curved sword could be drawn
from the scabbard more swiftly and provided a far more effective cutting
The point of a samurai sword is called a Kissaki. This is the hardest part
of the sword to polish and forge and to hand create a quality one would
require an extremely skilful artisan. The value of a sword is determined
largely by the quality of the point.
Samurai would use wooden swords (Bokken) for practice for safety reasons as
well as for preserving their real swords from unnecessary damage.
The samurai would give names to their swords as they believe in the sword
lived their warrior spirit.
There are three main types of samurai sword. 1: Katana: The longest type of
sword, over 24inches, generally used for outdoor combat. 2: Wakizashi:
Around a third shorter than the Katana at between 12 and 24 inches, this was
worn in indoor establishments by samurai for its obvious better
maneuverability indoors. 3: Tanto: A small knife used in much the same
manner as a Wakizashi.
As part of the samurai sword making process a sword tester took the new
blade and cut through the bodies of corpses or condemned criminals. They
started by cutting through the small bones of the body and moved up to the
large bones. Test results were often recorded on the nakago (the metal piece
attaching the sword blade to the handle).
Shogun is the name of the most powerful samurai, and they would wear two
samurai swords. A Katana and a Wakizashi. They had a license to dismember
anybody who offended them.
Early samurai would fight on horseback, and they're weaponry in addition to
samurai swords was bows and arrows.
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