The tachi sword is a traditionally crafted Japanese sword dating back to the Kotō period (900-1596), and is a design that preceded the katana. It differs from the katana in several ways, including how it was worn. This style of samurai sword was hung on the belt with the cutting edge down instead of facing up. The mei, or signature, appears on the opposite side of the tang on a tachi blade, so it is still visible when facing outward from the belt.
Authentic tachi must be hung from a leather device or two hangers to ensure it lays horizontally against the body of the wielder. It also averages between 27 and 32 inches in length with a greater taper from hilt to point. The longest known Japanese tachi sword measured 12 feet from end to end with a blade that was a little more than seven feet in length. If you’re ready to add a new blade to your collection, shop the tachi swords for sale at Swords of Northshire now!
Our Tachi Swords
At Swords of Northshire, we love Japanese and Chinese motifs and symbolism. When you shop our collection, you’ll see many cranes, dragons, and phoenixes, as well as flowers and plants like bamboo and cherry blossoms. We also design hilts that feature geometric designs and shapes from feudal eras.
To complete the purchase of your sword, you will also receive a scabbard that matches your blade. Whether you prefer hardwood scabbards (saya) or ito wrapped handles, Swords of Northshire has it all.
Swords of Northshire Guarantees Quality
Our tachi swords are made from the highest quality materials, such as 1060 and 1095 high carbon steel, and are handcrafted with intricate detail and care. Fully functional for multiple applications, the Japanese tachi is perfect for iaido and kenjutsu, gifts, or cutting practice. Need something more to complement your tachi? Check out our sword accessories and our selection of Japanese knives.