The history of the samurai sword, also known as the katana, can be traced back to the Japanese Edo Period and as far back as the Kamakura Period. The katana is a symbol of the samurai class and was designed as a two-handed sword, with a distinctive curved blade and long grip.
The samurai sword was traditionally made using tamahagane steel, which is a type of steel made from iron sand that is only found in Japan. The swordsmiths would fold and temper the tamahagane steel to create a curved blade. This process involved repeatedly heating and hammering the steel to remove impurities and strengthen the blade. The result was a blade that was both sharp and durable.
One of the unique features of the samurai sword is the hamon, which is a visible line that runs along the blade. The hamon is formed during the forging process and is a result of the varying thickness of the blade. The swordsmith would carefully control the heating and cooling of the blade to create a hamon that was unique to their style of sword making. The hamon is revealed when the blade is polished and is a distinctive feature of the katana.
The samurai sword is not just a weapon, it is also a work of art. It is highly valued for its beauty and craftsmanship and is often passed down from generation to generation as a family heirloom. This sword is a symbol of Japan's rich cultural heritage and remains an enduring symbol of the samurai class.
Samurai Swords for Sale
Our samurai swords for sale are made in the famed sword-smithing town of Longquan in the mountains of Qinxi from an ongoing tradition that’s lasted 2,600 years. Each sword is carefully crafted with the utmost care and attention to detail using traditional hand forging methods. We use high-grade steel and durable materials for all our swords, creating strong and beautiful works of art. The sword of the samurai is drenched in traditions of honor, pride, and power. With so many choices available, it’s easy to find the perfect authentic samurai sword that embodies your personality and spirit. Take a look at our categories of Japanese swords:
Get Your Samurai Katana at Swords of Northshire
We have a wide selection of swords including odachi and wakizashi. If you’re looking for something completely unique, we can help you create your own custom sword. Swords of Northshire makes it easy to find your perfect katana, providing pictures, simple check-out, and excellent customer service. Our swords can be hand sharpened per your request or remain unsharpened. Each sword comes with a free personal engraving, to truly make the sword your own. Enjoy our selection and choose your sword wisely.