Collecting Japanese Samurai swords is gaining in popularity. Why? Because these weapons are also beautiful works of art. Together, the katana and shorter wakizashi are called a daisho. Katana swords are forged from Japanese steel with usually only one cutting edge. The handles or tsuka of the battle ready katana will usually have a silk ito braided around the same' and will have a fuchi and fuchi-kashira on either side of the braided silk. These handles are an area where the sword makers put their marks and create an individual look for all samurai katanas. One of the premier sword makers is Hanwei by Paul Chen swords. His blades are known for their reasonable price and cutting ability. Chen has also worked to create safe weapons by featuring a fixed handle that keeps the blade secure. These artistic weapons are the largest selling decorative and functional weapons.
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Traditionally Samurai warriors wore their weapons edge-side up, making it easier to draw and use the sword. The longer Samurai weapons might be held with a rope while the shorter blades would be thrust through their obi, or belt. In collections today, many times the sword is still displayed blade side up, the way it was worn and stored in ancient times.
Historically, the longer katana swords were used in open combat and as a last resort. Warriors would begin fighting with bows and arrows. The wakizashi is another weapon used by warriors. These shorter blades were used in close, hand to hand combat and ritual suicide. Today, these weapons are mostly used in Gendai budo, or modern era Japanese martial arts, including iaido, kendo and aikido. Samurai katanas from Dynasty Forge, Paul Chen, Thaitsuki Nihonto and more are for sale here. If you cannot find what you are looking for, contact us. We'll beat competitor's prices by $10!