Japanese Samurai Swords Buying Guide

Japanese Samurai Swords Buying Guide



When it​ comes to​ samurai swords, there is​ quite a​ bit of​ terminology for the new collector to​ understand. But we want to​ make it​ easy for anyone to​ find a​ good quality samurai sword that will last a​ lifetime, no matter if​ you’re looking for one of​ the very sought after Paul Chen Katana swords for battle or​ just a​ quality sword to​ hang over the mantle.

The first thing to​ consider for your new samurai sword is​ the type and quality of​ the blade. if​ you’re looking for a​ you want to​ be sure and choose a​ full tang blade, which all of​ our authentic samurai swords feature as​ well as​ all of​ our battle ready swords. The term “full tang” means that the blade and the part of​ the sword under the Tsuka (handle) is​ one long piece of​ steel. if​ you get a​ sword that is​ not full tang then you’re basically buying it​ to​ hang on the wall and nothing more.

The next thing to​ consider when choosing a​ sword is​ the type of​ steel that the blade is​ made of. There are basically 3 types of​ steel, 420 J2 (Stainless steel), High Carbon, and Folded steel. if​ you are looking for a​ battle ready sword you’ll want to​ stay away from the 420 J2 Stainless. High carbon steel is​ very high quality steel; however folded steel is​ the strongest. Actually it’s not that the folded steel is​ a​ different type of​ steel, but how the blade is​ forged.

A folded steel blade is​ typically made from high carbon steel. The difference is​ that a​ folded steel blade is​ just like it​ says; the steel is​ folded over and over again until the smith believes that it​ is​ adequate.

Some people say that a​ good high carbon steel blade can be just as​ strong as​ a​ folded steel blade. The smiths for the Thaitsuki Nihonto Swords claim to​ have mastered a​ form of​ forging high carbon steel blades that is​ just as​ strong if​ not stronger than many of​ the folded steel blades.

When choosing a​ sword samurai sword there are basically 3 different styles to​ consider, the katana sword, the Wakizashi sword and the Tanto sword. The Japanese Katana Sword is​ the most popular among collectors and martial arts students alike.

The katana sword was the first and is​ still the most popular of​ all samurai swords. The blade is​ typically 29” long with an​ overall length around 40”

The Wakizashi sword is​ the shorter companion blade of​ the katana sword. We first see the Wakizashi sword during the Muromachi period (1568-1603). The Wakizashi was about 18” long and only allowed to​ be carried by a​ samurai. Carrying both the katana and the Wakizashi was popular for the next few hundred years.

The smallest samurai sword would be the tanto sword or​ dagger. Originally tanto swords were 12” in​ length or​ less but it’s not out of​ the ordinary to​ come across a​ Tanto that is​ 15” long.

Samurai sword collecting is​ a​ very popular past time for many Americans. Something that is​ becoming even more popular is​ martial arts that make use of​ samurai sword for fighting and cutting exercises. The most popular and affordable authentic samurai swords are the Paul Chen Swords. You can find a​ decent Paul Chen Practical Katana Sword for under $200. However for less than a​ hundred more you can get yourself a​ Paul Chen Practical Plus Katana. if​ you’re looking for something a​ little more pricy the Paul Chen Bushido Katana or​ the Orchid Katana will last a​ lifetime and can take quite a​ beating. The Orchid and Bushido also come in​ a​ Wakizashi and Tanto.

In conclusion, the most important thing when buying your sword is​ that you know what kind of​ blade you're getting. if​ you want a​ functional sword be sure that you're not getting one that's only made to​ hang on the wall. if​ it's not clearly stated on the page for the sword, don't hesitate to​ contact the store to​ ask any questions you might have.




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