Japanese Swords

Japanese swords dominate most sword collecting conversations and for good reason. The Japanese sword has been around for centuries and is still used for Martial Arts training. Several film directors have adopted the Japanese sword as the weapon of choice.

Authentic Japanese swords are symbol of the nation’s history, the devotion ancient Japanese warriors had for both sword and their country and also symbolic of the training that modern era ninjas put in effort for in order to fully utilize the capabilities of lightweight, genuine Japanese swords. You can’t just throw on a suit, pick up a ninja sword and think you’re ready to conquer the town. You can’t do that and think you’ll look natural doing it anyways. Using a Japanese sword properly take a great deal of time and training in order to use it properly. People spend their entire lives training with Japanese swords and still don’t fully master the technique.

It’s sad for some that Japanese swords have fallen victim to their commercial appeal. Whether it’s an American movie making light of the history of Japanese swords or actual people of Japanese heritage exploiting the katana sword to further their own career, this type of behavior irritates the devout fans of the Japanese sword.
 

The Japanese sword is held at high regard throughout Japan. Hiro Nakamura looks right at home with this Japanese Sword on his back. I'm a big fan of the show.

Mr. Miagi would even be disappointed if he knew how often Japanese swords were being whored out in American culture. Battle ready Japanese swords hold a certain place in a lot of old timer’s hearts and they feel deeply saddened that the katana swords, samurai swords and other types of Japanese samurai swords have been taken over by people who don’t appreciate them for what they are and only want to profit from them.

Custom made swords or wooden swords; it doesn’t matter which one you prefer to study up on. You’ll find that both types of Japanese swords were used in training facilities as far back as Japanese Samurai history goes. The same techniques are being used in martial arts facilities today, drawing on ancient ninja sword techniques used for self defense and competitive purposes. Television shows and movies such as Karate Kid, Lord of the Rings and several Jet Li movies exhibit different types of Japanese swords, but only in specific training settings will you find the proper way to honor and use the timeless Japanese swords.

 
Japanese Sword use has been active for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Martial Arts use japanese swords in various training session to teach control and balance. 

You probably won’t find any mall security officers or your local task force using Japanese swords. You probably won’t be able to find anyone in law enforcement anywhere using a katana sword to tone down a riot or quiet protestors. The fact is, Japanese swords aren’t very practical anymore and have since been replaced with guns and switchblades; though the popularity of novelty real swords, if that makes sense, continues to grow.

The most popular of both decorative and functional Japanese samurai swords is probably Paul Chen, who offers a wide variety styles and shapes. You should really do your homework on authentic Japanese swords if you plan to spend any amount of money on a set of ninja sword as there are several companies out there who mass produce replica swords, battle ready swords and medieval swords all of which are only meant for display purposes. If you’re looking to get something to train with, a good Japanese sword might run anywhere from 100-1000 dollars. Much like electronics and coffee, in the world of real swords you get what you pay for.
 

This is not your typical Japanese sword, but I would not mess with this Mall rent-a-cop. This is a nice looking Japanese Sword collection.

If you’re a Japanese Sword collector and you have your collection going of knives, movie swords and daggers you may want to have a place hand that can repair your blade if you decide to put your Hattori Hanzo swords to good use. If you’re just a collector and that’s where it stops, there is no need to worry. However, if train with your long sword, carve with your Viking sword or compete with your fencing swords you’ll probably need to maintain an ongoing relationship with your local Japanese parts and supplies store.

Cheap swords means the metal will wear quickly, the handles will come unraveled and your little dragon sword might bite the dust before you got a chance to carve your own wooden dagger. So before you head out back start waving and stabbing your Japanese sword like you’re Highlander, make sure you know what you’re risking.

This is a great Japanese Sword blade chart to use for reference.

I suppose I should give credit where credit is due. If I had to pick a single place where swords originated, it would have to be rooted in the Japanese sword history. Samurai swords probably have a more detailed history than other sword; that includes medieval swords, pirate swords and Viking swords. It’s like collecting baseball cards and ignoring the Honus Wagner card if you don’t think the Samurai sword is the best Japanese sword and you call yourself a sword collector. Educate yourself on your next Kill Bill sword before you just run out and buy one.