Japanese swords as armor
A Japanese sword is actually one of many different types of traditionally produced swords in Japan. The first swords were primarily bronze and typically carried in the hand instead of secured by a fixed hilt. From the 7th century onward, iron was used for the majority of blades, and eventually stainless steel was used for swords that could be used in battle with great ease.
The status of Japanese swords has undergone a dramatic increase in popularity in recent years. After Japan began to arm itself with modern arms and armor in World War II, many of its citizens feared that their traditional sword making techniques were being lost forever. However, the renewed interest in Japanese swords in the western world and the Japanese government encouraged the old ways of swordmaking. Today, many Japanese sword makers are making a great return to the time-honored traditions of Japanese sword making, and many new styles of Japanese sword are becoming popular worldwide. This has led to an increase in demand for authentic Japanese swords for sale, leading to higher prices for these antiques.
Japanese sword making technique
Historically, there are two primary schools of Japanese swords. The first is the craftsmen who use the traditional Japanese sword making techniques, called samurai swords. These are typically forged from high quality Japanese steel and are much longer than their shorter European cousins. Traditionally, samurai swords had a single edge, but many swords are double edged, with a right and a left side blade. Some are even more elaborate, incorporating multiple edges, and can even be worn on the belt.
The second school of swordsmen, referred to as Kamakura blades, developed out of the amalgamation of the two styles. The term ‘kamakura’ means “a living sword” and was used to designate the style of the swordsmen. The hilt of a katana was covered in hard, orange lacquer, and the blade was a blacksmith to a taino, or steel. As this alloy was too expensive for most Japanese samurai to purchase, it was changed to nagashima-zasa, a much cheaper metal that gave the same appearance but was still affordable for the common person.
Japanese warriors for centuries
Today, many new swords are being crafted from this alloy, known as “Shinto-Ryu”, which is similar to the gold-bladed Japanese sword. Because of the popularity and durability of these new swords, many individuals are looking for more affordable alternatives to the traditional Japanese swords. One option is the “daisho” or “daishou” daishou. A very short sword, it has a unique design that looks a bit like a crescent-moon symbol, and it is a very popular choice for the collector.
Many antique dealers offer shinto-tamahagane and other Japanese swords for sale at reasonable prices. These antique weapons have been kept by Japanese warriors for centuries, and through the years they have developed a distinct appearance that collectors love. With their popularity increasing, many new swords forged today are being designed by Japanese swordsmiths. Many times, buyers will also be able to customize the design of a sword that they have purchased through an online auction, or by purchasing a custom-made Japanese sword from a local smith.