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Guide on Wakizashi: The Famous Japanese Short Sword Guide on Wakizashi: The Famous Japanese Short Sword

In feudal Japan, the short sword wakizashi served as an efficient secondary weapon of the samurai, who traditionally carried it with the katana. The warrior wore it indoors when the longer sword was set aside at the entrance and utilized

Nagamaki Sword: History, Use, and Where to Buy Nagamaki Sword: History, Use, and Where to Buy

One of the lesser known Japanese swords, the nagamaki is a long sword with an extra-long handle, usually as long as the blade itself. It is often confused with the naginata polearm, but the samurai warriors actually used it as

Best Japanese Odachi Swords and Their History Best Japanese Odachi Swords and Their History

Throughout Japan’s history, the sword has evolved to suit the fighting styles of each period. Sometimes called nodachi, the odachi was the extra-long sword the samurai used during the Nanbokucho period, from 1336 to 1392. The warriors wielded it differently,

Kodachi: A Look Into The Japanese Short Sword Kodachi: A Look Into The Japanese Short Sword

Of all the famous Japanese swords, the kodachi (こだち) is a short sword that is one of the more popular and mysterious swords due to its pop-culture footprint from anime and video games. This article discusses the history, characteristics, and

Samurai Swords: Types, History, and Development Samurai Swords: Types, History, and Development

Most recognized for their curved blades, the samurai swords were among the finest weapons in history. Early swordsmiths perfected the art of swordmaking and adapted their swords to changing military strategies of the time. These blades became the symbol of

Tanto: A Guide to the Japanese Dagger Tanto: A Guide to the Japanese Dagger

A traditional Japanese dagger, the tanto usually had all the fittings of a samurai sword. It served as a ceremonial weapon of the samurai, often worn on their belts. Commoners also used the tanto as a self-defense weapon, and it

Katana: A Guide to the Most Popular Japanese Sword Katana: A Guide to the Most Popular Japanese Sword

The curved, single-edged katana is the weapon most associated with the samurai warriors of feudal Japan. However, the samurai sword was more than a weapon—it served as a status symbol and work of art. Throughout the world, sword collectors and

Scimitar Sword: Collector’s Guide from the Middle East Scimitar Sword: Collector’s Guide from the Middle East

Unlike most European Swords that utilized double-edged blades, the Scimitar, known for its convex, curved blade, is a deadly cutting weapon that has been used across Central Asia, at least until the end of the Ottoman Empire.  From its role

Wodao: A Guide to Japanese-Style Chinese Saber Wodao: A Guide to Japanese-Style Chinese Saber

The Chinese and Japanese swordsmiths have long influenced each other. Even though it was developed in China, the wodao featured several Japanese influences. Many sword enthusiasts regard the wodao as a Qing-dynasty take on a Japanese katana, while others compare

Sakabato: A Collector’s Guide on Reverse Blade Sword Sakabato: A Collector’s Guide on Reverse Blade Sword

The Japanese katana sword is the symbol of the samurai, the noble warriors who served Japan’s feudal lords. Popularized by the anime TV series Rurouni Kenshin, the sakabato is a fictional katana with a reverse blade. Let’s explore what sets

Foam Katana: A Guide for Cosplayers and LARPers Foam Katana: A Guide for Cosplayers and LARPers

Apart from the samurai, several fictional characters from anime and manga popularized the katana sword. So, it is not surprising that a foam katana is one of the most common weapon props seen in cosplay and live-action role-play or LARP

Shikomizue: A Guide to Ninja’s Secret Cane Shikomizue: A Guide to Ninja’s Secret Cane

To be equipped for all sorts of situations, the ninja developed several multipurpose, secret weapons. The shikomizue is a hollowed-out staff or cane usually consisting of a hidden blade. When sheathed, it seems like an ordinary walking stick. Let’s explore

Chinese Zhanmadao: A Guide to Horse Chopping Saber Chinese Zhanmadao: A Guide to Horse Chopping Saber

The Chinese zhanmadao was a large, two-handed saber of the Qing dynasty. It once served as an anti-cavalry weapon designed to cut through a horse’s legs, hence called the horse chopping saber. Like any other Chinese weapon, the zhanmadao has

Tsuba: A Guide on Japanese Sword Guards Tsuba: A Guide on Japanese Sword Guards

An essential part of the Japanese sword, the tsuba or handguard protected the samurai’s hand. Tsuba artisans soon produced ornamental styles, which became family heirlooms. Most of these designs reflect the mythology, legends, customs, religion, and artistic side of Japan.

Chinese Dadao Sword: A Collector’s Guide Chinese Dadao Sword: A Collector’s Guide

A large, cleaver-shaped sword, the dadao is one of the varieties of the Chinese saber known as dao. Before the appearance of firearms, Chinese forces used them to inspire fear in opponents during battle. Since it is similar to a

Tai Chi Sword: A Martial Artist’s Guide Tai Chi Sword: A Martial Artist’s Guide

Tai chi is an efficient Chinese martial art, but learning to use the sword for fighting is another thing. Practitioners use the double-edged, straight sword known as jian, also called taiji jian. We have compiled a guide to help you

Chinese Hook Sword: History and Use in Martial Arts Chinese Hook Sword: History and Use in Martial Arts

The most exotic-looking Chinese weapon, the hook sword features a crescent moon handguard and a hook at the end of the blade. It is also known as fu tao or gou and usually comes in pairs, hence called the double

Different Types of Ninja Swords and Where to Buy Them Different Types of Ninja Swords and Where to Buy Them

Whether on a mission of espionage or open warfare, the ninja clans of feudal Japan were renowned for their unconventional use of the ninjato or ninja sword and other exotic weapons. Their fighting methods were the exact opposite of the