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Liuyedao Sword: The Curved Sword that Replaced the Straight Sword Liuyedao Sword: The Curved Sword that Replaced the Straight Sword

The Liuyedao is a traditional Chinese sword, also called the Willow Leaf Saber. This sword replaced the role of the Jian and was heavily used in both the Chinese infantry and cavalry. In this article, we will talk about the

Yanmaodao Sword: The Straight-Curved Chinese Sword Yanmaodao Sword: The Straight-Curved Chinese Sword

The Yanmaodao is a Chinese sword heavily used in the Qing and Ming dynasties. It is a mix of the straight Jian and the later curved Chinese swords. This article will discuss the sword’s characteristics and how it was best

Sai Sword: The Three-Bladed Crime-Fighting Sword Sai Sword: The Three-Bladed Crime-Fighting Sword

The Sai Sword is a trident-looking type of shortsword that has 3 blades and is usually associated with ninjas. It was often used in Okinawa, Japan as a baton tool to fight crime and it has widely spread throughout martial

How to Tell If a Shinken Is Good or Bad? How to Tell If a Shinken Is Good or Bad?

In Japanese martial arts, a shinken is a live blade used in test-cutting practice (tameshigiri) and demonstrations. In Japan, practitioners use traditionally-made Japanese swords, commonly referred to as nihonto. However, blades forged by Japanese swordsmiths are expensive, so many enthusiasts

Muramasa Sword: The Wicked and Cursed Katana Muramasa Sword: The Wicked and Cursed Katana

The Muramasa is a Japanese Katana sword known as cursed and demonic. It is a real historical sword surrounded by terrifying legends and stories. In this article, we will go over its most visual and unique characteristics and compare it

Naginata: The Japanese Polearm Sword Naginata: The Japanese Polearm Sword

The Japanese Naginata is a curved one-edged sword mounted on a pole. It is a Japanese weapon that is often seen as a polearm or a spear that could possibly beat the Katana. In this article, we will open up

Nandao Sword: China’s Martial Arts Training Sword Nandao Sword: China’s Martial Arts Training Sword

Nandao is a Chinese sword mostly used in modern forms and exercises of Chinese Wushu. It is a more common southern version of the northern broadsword, or Beidao. In this article, we will look at the characteristics of the Nandao.

How to Sharpen a Katana like a Japanese Swordsmith How to Sharpen a Katana like a Japanese Swordsmith

The Katana is a Japanese samurai sword and the most popular blade in the world. It has one edged curved blade made of tamahagane steel which is very sharp and deadly. In order for a Katana to be effective, it

Introduction to the Chinese Daggers Introduction to the Chinese Daggers

The Chinese dagger is a weapon that has been used in China since ancient times. It is much shorter than the Jian sword. Its use changed over time from being a frequently used weapon for chariots to a tool for

Long Quan Sword: The first Iron Sword Long Quan Sword: The first Iron Sword

The Long Quan sword, also known as Longquan or Lóngquán, is undoubtedly the most well-known sword in China. History says that Ou Yezii, the great master of making swords, made it about 2,600 years ago. It is said that it

Real vs Fake Katana: How to Spot a Fake Ones Real vs Fake Katana: How to Spot a Fake Ones

Many martial artists and collectors opt for katana replicas which are more affordable than the real samurai sword. However, be wary of several fake katanas floating around on the market that claim to be the real thing when they are

Miao Dao: The Sword that Defeated the Katana Miao Dao: The Sword that Defeated the Katana

The Miao Dao sword, sometimes known as the long saber or the Grain Leaf saber, is a Chinese sword that is a treasured part of the Chinese cultural legacy. It is a weapon that can be used both as a

Katana Sheath: The Scabbard of the Samurai aka Saya Katana Sheath: The Scabbard of the Samurai aka Saya

The Japanese katana rests in its sheath when not in use, making the scabbard an essential component of this samurai sword. The sheath or scabbard for the Japanese katana is also known as the saya. In this article, we will

Chinese Spear: The King of Chinese Weapons Chinese Spear: The King of Chinese Weapons

Qiang is the name for the Chinese spear. It’s called the king of Chinese weapons and has been used since ancient times. It is very long but not very heavy. Ancient texts say to attack like a dragon rising from

A Guide to Buying an Iaito Sword A Guide to Buying an Iaito Sword

The iaito swords, crafted specifically for use in iaido, have blades made of aluminum alloy and cannot be sharpened. They replicate the balance, weight, and size of real Japanese swords and often come with beautiful fittings. Martial arts practitioners only

Best Battle-Ready Katana Swords for Tameshigiri Best Battle-Ready Katana Swords for Tameshigiri

Several Japanese martial arts involve tameshigiri or test cutting, which was extensively practiced in feudal Japan. Today, martial arts practitioners who train in Japanese swordsmanship use live blades or shinken to hone their sword skills. Battle-ready katana swords are sharp

How to Choose the Perfect Katana Handle How to Choose the Perfect Katana Handle

The Katana is a Japanese samurai sword with a single-edged, curved blade, a round or square guard, and a long handle that can fit both hands. The unique handle is one of the reasons why the Katana is considered to

How Important is the Length of a Katana Sword How Important is the Length of a Katana Sword

The deadly curved sword of the Japanese Samurai is called the Katana. It is highly recognizable and possibly the most distinguished sword and blade in the world. However, most people don’t know that the Katana’s length is what makes it