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The odachi sword is an impressive weapon with a rich history that dates back to ancient times. According to legend, this sword was so powerful that it could cut down an entire enemy horse and rider in one fell swoop. It is also known for its impressive size, with some blades measuring up to 6 feet in length.

At Swords of Northshire, our long odachi sword collection offers blades with different lengths and styles to suit your preference. Our blades are made with high carbon steel and are available in different finishes, including black, blue, and red. We also offer customizations, such as engraving or adding a bo-hi (groove) to your blade.

With high-quality steel and intricate detail, each odachi katana is made in the traditional Japanese style. The odachi, also known as a nodachi, is a great long sword that was said to have been used by the gods of Japanese mythology. It was carried by foot soldiers on their backs or by hand — the latter being more practical to easily draw it in battle.

The nodachi sword differs from other samurai swords, such as the wakizashi, due to its carrying style. Wakizashi swords were worn on the left side and secured to the waist sash instead of attached to soldiers’ back. Our swords are 100% real, full tang swords that can be used for dojo and iaido practice forms, as well as for display purposes in your collection.

At Swords of Northshire, our swords are made from high-quality materials, including 1060 and 1095 high carbon steel. Our craftsmen handcraft each sword with intricate detail and care, ensuring that every sword is a unique masterpiece.

When it comes to purchasing an odachi sword, it's essential to find a reputable dealer that offers high-quality, authentic swords. At Swords of Northshire, we take pride in our craftsmanship, using only the best materials to create our swords.

 

Nodachi vs. Odachi?

Primary sources reveal that the Japanese used the two terms interchangeably. There is some evidence that using the term for nodachi sword referred to the application of the sword on the battlefield, whereas with an odachi sword, you are specifying the size of the weapon as a greatsword. At the end of the day, both terms refer to the same weapon.

 

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Whether you want to take a sword into battle or display it proudly in your home, our swords are handcrafted with the best materials for a fully functional piece that can be sharpened to your desired edge. Find your perfect odachi for sale today!

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A katana is a japanese sword characterized by a curved, single-edged blade with a circular or squared guard and long grip to accommodate two hands.

The katana is generally defined as the standard-sized, moderately curved Japanese sword with a blade length greater than 23.86 inches. It is characterized by its distinctive appearance: a curved, slender, single-edged blade with a circular or squared guard and long grip to accommodate two hands.

Western historians have said that the katana was among the finest cutting weapons in world military history.

Having a regular cleaning routine in place is key to maintaining your katana.

You can purchase a traditional sword cleaning kit that will have everything you need. There are three steps: removing oil, polishing the blade, and oiling the blade.

Using a sheet of rice paper from the kit or soft cotton cloth, remove any oil that is still on the blade from the previous maintenance. Take the powder ball and tap it lightly against the blade about every two inches or so along its length. Take a fresh piece of rice paper and rub the powder over the blade to polish it. Do this until both sides of the blade have been polished and the powder completely removed. Take the bottle of oil and apply a few drops along the length of the blade on each side. Use a fresh piece of rice paper to spread the oil evenly on the blade.

The most iconic and well known of all the Samurai swords; the katana is distinguished by its long blade and handle that is made to accommodate two hands and strike from a large distance. It has a curved, slender, single-edged blade with a circular or squared guard. The katana has a set of dimensions that separate it from other samurai swords. A traditional katana will measure 3 to 4 feet in total length, with the hilt taking up one-fourth of the total and a characteristic curvature of more or less than 1 inch.

A full tang katana is the sword where the tang extends to almost the whole length of the handle, which makes the blade and the handle the same piece of metal. This gives to the sword certain rigidity and makes it a very solid piece to enjoy.

Full Tang katanas are handmade swords. They can be made of various stainless-steel types according to the Carbon Concentration. The forging is the essential part of the production because it allows the samurai sword to be solid and relatively light. Commonly, the piece of metal is repeatedly heated by fire and hammered while the metal is being folded. The mounting of the different parts is a very delicate operation that has its origins deep in the Japanese civilization. Samurai are used to cherish their Katanas as their trusted partners, and they handle them with love and care.