Collectible Samurai Swords

teaching his mighty techniques to future warriors

Samurai Swords are named after a legendary warrior king, Shuten-ji. The legend says that when he went to find an army of Ogasawara warriors who were defeated by a young samurai named Minoru who then challenged him to single combat. After a fierce and lengthy battle, Minoru was killed and defeated. Shuten-ji, on the other hand, remained triumphant, founding the Samurai School, and teaching his mighty techniques to future warriors.

Samurai Swords are named after different types of Samurai warriors. There were three classifications during the time of the samurai. First were the bushido, or the light saber swords, who used a shorter sword for more flexible defense and that could be used in almost any situation, even making the hilt smaller and taper straight at the handle. This allowed for a much quicker response to an attack and made it easier to penetrate an enemy’s guards. Bushido samurai swords were usually forged with a one-piece construction for optimal balance and durability.

Samurai warrior

The second type of samurai swords were the makiwara, which was longer and heavier than the bushido blade. They were also much more powerful, due to its ability to curve slightly and slice through even the toughest defense. The third type of sword was the wakizashi, which was shorter and more pointed. The wakizashi had a great edge over the previous two due to its curved shape, allowing it to slice through even harder defense and still be very maneuverable. These three varieties of sword were used interchangeably, and each served a very important purpose for the Samurai warrior.

The majority of Western swords were later refined by Japanese craftsmen into the modern day Japanese swords. While the appearance of the modern day samurai sword is definitely different than what was used in ancient Japan, many of its basic parts are still similar. For example, most swords have a handle, a blade and a guard, but the guard differs between the two countries. In Japan, it is flat and narrow while in China it is a more rounded shape. The scabbard on a samurai sword is traditionally made of leather, which can either be solid or wrap around.

authentic Japanese swords

Samurai Swords are often depicted as having a dull, unfinished or damaged finish, a telltale sign that they were once kept as a sword heirloom. In reality, most authentic samurai swords have a professional polish, usually done before it is presented to a collector. Some swords will even come with a certificate of authenticity, proof that it has been crafted by a skilled blacksmith. As a general rule, authentic Japanese swords should always be signed by the smith himself, but this is not always the case. Authentic blades should also be made using traditional japanese sword steel. Authentic blades will be much narrower, with a sharp edge and a balanced handle.

One of the most interesting legends concerning the creation of the samurai sword concerns the legendary stories of how some of them ended up as foot soldiers in the feudal army of Japan. According to these stories, some of the samurai swords that fell to the hands of these lesser warriors became twisted and turned into vicious weapons capable of devastating an enemy much more effectively than even a one-handed sword. When they finally returned to Japan, these swords were segregated into several groups and eventually became known as the katana.

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