Katana Swords

Katana Swords are a type of Japanese Sword in the Nihonto family of bladed weapons, and often incorrectly referred to in western culture as Samurai Swords or simply a Japanese Sword. The term Katana Swords is actually applied to any single edged curved blade weapon with a length between 2 and 3 feet, a circular or squared tsuba hand guard, and a wrapped grip that can accommodate two hands. Katana Swords originated during the Muromachi period between 1392 and 1573 and was worn with the blade facing up, allowing the Samurai to draw and cut their enemy during battle in a single movement. Although the length of the katana greatly varied during the course of Japanese history, in the late 14th and early 15th centuries they tended to be 2 and a half feet long but by the early 16th century the length was much closer to 2 feet. Katana Swords were often accompanied by the similarly made but smaller swords Wakizashi or Shoto and the two weapons together represented the social power and personal honour of the wielding Samurai.

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