Katana Practical swords de Luxe

The katana evolved as a sleeker and more compact alternative to the tachi. Its origins go at least as far back as the Kamakura Period, with several blades dated from that time residing in various national repositories.

Bamboo Katana

Bamboo Katana

Detail 529,00 € In stock

Golden Oriole Katana

Golden Oriole Katana

Detail 839,00 € In stock

John Lee Ten kei Katana

John Lee Ten kei Katana

Detail 644,00 € 2 Weeks

Great Wave Katana

Great Wave Katana

Detail 799,00 € 4 Weeks

Tsuru Iaito

Tsuru Iaito

Detail 790,00 € 4 Weeks

Wind and Thunder Katana

Wind and Thunder Katana

Detail 839,00 € 4 Weeks

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Its growth in popularity is believed to due the changing nature of close-combat warfare. The quicker draw of the sword was well suited to combat where victory depended heavily on fast response times. The katana further facilitated this by being worn thrust through a belt-like sash (obi) with the bladed edge facing upwards. Ideally, samurai could draw the sword and strike down the enemy in a single motion. Previously, the curved tachi had been worn with the edge of the blade facing down and suspended from a belt.

The length of the blade varied considerably during the course of its history. In the late 14th and early 15th centuries, katana blades tended to be between 70 to 73 cm (27.6 to 28.7 in) in length. While during the early 16th century, the average length was closer to 60 cm (23.6 in). By the late 16th century, the average length returned to approximately 73 cm (28.7 in).

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Hi, how long is the warranty on your swords?

The warranty is 2 years long and refers to material faults and faults that appear when used in a proper way. The warranty does not cover to common wear out. We recommend using swords made by the same producers for sparring swordfights. Our weapons are designed for training and theatre fencing (stage combats). Brutal and improper use (such as stabbing and knocking it into the ground, or forcing it) can damage even the best sword!

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