<p>The tanto is commonly known as a Japanese knife or dagger. The blade is single or double-edged with a length of between 15-30 cm. It was primarily designed as a stabbing weapon but the edge can be used to slash as well.</p><h2> The goal, effective in the melee</h2><p> The tanto is generally forged in the hira-zukuri (ridgeless) style, which means that its sides are ridgeless and almost flat, unlike the shinogi-zukuri structure of a katana. It is intended as a piercing weapon rather than a slashing weapon and its effectiveness was increased in close combat in close or confined spaces.</p><p> The tanto was used as a ceremonial object, replacing the wakizashi or kodachi in the famous harakiri, a samurai suicide ritual. In the Edo period, a discipline called tantō-jutsu was practiced as self-defense in women.</p><h2> Types of tanto blade</h2><ul><li> <strong>YoroidoShi:</strong> wide blade for piercing armor.</li><li> <strong>Shinogi:</strong> split blade recycling.</li><li> <strong>Kaiken:</strong> short blade, common in women.</li><li> <strong>Hira:</strong> the most common, triangular profile with a single edge.</li><li> <strong>Kubikiri:</strong> or head cutter due to its sickle shape.</li><li> <strong>Removable tanto:</strong> with removable blade.</li></ul>
<a href="/img/cms/iaito-wakizashi-john-lee-red-wood.jpeg"><img src="/img/cms/iaito-wakizashi-john-lee-red-wood.jpeg" alt="" width="1000" height="1000" /></a> <a href="/img/cms/wakizashi-serpiente-negra.jpeg"><img src="/img/cms/wakizashi-serpiente-negra.jpeg" alt="" width="455" height="455" /></a> <a href="/img/cms/wakizashi-masamune-puno-plata.jpeg"><img src="/img/cms/wakizashi-masamune-puno-plata.jpeg" alt="" width="900" height="900" /></a> <a href="/img/cms/wakizashi-connor-los-inmortales-oficial.jpeg"><img src="/img/cms/wakizashi-connor-los-inmortales-oficial.jpeg" alt="" width="900" height="900" /></a><p> We have decorative and practice wakizashis. If you want to buy decorative wakizashis, they usually come with a tabletop or wall mount so they can be displayed. If what you want is a wakizashi to practice some martial art discipline, we recommend you visit the category of wakizashis for practices.</p><h2> HISTORY OF WAKIZASHI OR SHŌTŌ</h2><p> Also known as <strong>Shōtō</strong> , the <strong>wakizashi</strong> was born as a result of the samurai's need to have a weapon as similar as possible to the katana but for closer use and, above all, more deadly. Its use became popular among the samurai of the fifteenth century. The fact of carrying a wakizashi together with the katana was the key symbol that indicated that the bearer was a samurai.</p><p> The shōtō is shorter in length than the katana, making it a perfect weapon for "close range" use. In addition, it has a much sharper blade than its larger counterpart, making it a deadly weapon.</p><h2> CHARACTERISTICS OF THE WAKIZASHIS</h2><p> Very compact size, we are talking that the total length of the wakizashi is between 40 and 80 cm and with a very sharp blade. His success in hand-to-hand combat was so great that little by little the "ordinary" citizens took over him to defend themselves against possible thefts. Until receiving the name of dōchuzashi (weapon for the street).</p><h2> ORIGINAL USE OF WAKIZASHI</h2><p style="text-align:justify;"> Originally used by samurai on the battlefield, who carried both the katana and the wakizashi, calling this set Daisho (large and small). </p><img src="/img/cms/wakizashi-para-practicas-plus.jpeg" alt="Wakizashi para prácticas" title="Wakizashi for practice" width="650" height="163" /><img src="/img/cms/wakizashi-stand.jpeg" alt="Wakizashi con soporte sobremesa" title="Wakizashi with desktop stand" width="600" height="169" /><p> Its main use was for close combat, where the katana was uncomfortable, the samurai used the wakizashi because of its smaller size, its manageability and its powerful sharp blade that was lethal at short distances. </p><img src="/img/cms/wakizashi-honshu-boshin.jpeg" alt="Wakizashi Hoshu Boshin" title="Wakizashi Hoshu Boshin" width="900" height="900" /> Wakizashi Hoshu Boshin<h2> Wakizashi Boom</h2><p> The success of the Wakizashi used as a weapon focuses on close combat. Its size is ideal for this type of combat in closed spaces. It can be drawn quickly and is easy to grasp, so the first thrust was almost guaranteed.</p> If what you need is a Wakizashi, a katana or any other Japanese Weapon, we can help you. Do not hesitate to contact us.
<p>The Shirasaya is a sheet of japanese sword consisting of a sheath or saya and handle, or tsuka, used when the sheet is not going to be used for a while and needs to be stored.</p>
<p>Tachi was a type of japanese sword worn by the samurai of feudal Japan. The style of the swords tachi preceded the development of the katana.</p>
<p>The Nodachi is a large japanese sword with two hands.</p>
<p>The Naginata is a weapon of horn used by the samurai of feudal Japan, composed by a curved blade at the end of a pole long. It resembles a halberd or an archa european. It was very important in the fields of battle, where it was carried by the infantry to defend against cavalry.</p>
<h2>What is a Iaito</h2><p> The Iaito or Japanese training sword has the shape of a katana but is only intended for the practice of Iaidō as well as other martial arts. It is not sharp, there are blades in various sizes and it is not considered a weapon.</p><h2> What Martial Art is practiced with Iaitō</h2><p> It is used as training to practice Iaidō which is basically the art of sheathing and unsheathing the katana.</p><h2> Differences between Iaito and Katana</h2><p> They appear to be the same but their components are certainly different. While the blades of the Iaitō are made of zinc or aluminum, those of the katana are made of steel. The Iaitō does not need any maintenance, the katana however requires cleaning each time it is used, lubrication and convenient storage. The koshirae is usually similar, the same materials and craft procedures can be used for its preparation.</p><blockquote><p> Be careful when purchasing an Iaito as it must meet minimum security requirements. It never has to be sharp, its blade has to be more durable than that of the katana since it is usually made of zinc or aluminum to be lighter and it has to have a full tang or full tang to resist movement. If you wish, before deciding, we can advise you on a model that we have in our catalogue. <strong>Don't hesitate to ask us.</strong></p></blockquote>
<h2>History of the Bokken</h2><p> Word formed by 2 Japanese compositional elements: BO (wood) KEN (sable). The bokken is a wooden saber that is used in different martial arts of Japanese origin. (Ninjutsu, Kenjutsu, Aikido...) The idea of this sword was to replace the steel Katana when training.</p><p> This wooden saber became popular between 1300 and 1500 AD, as it was first used by warriors drawn to the art of dueling, rather than fighting an opponent to the death on the battlefield.</p><h2> Characteristics of the Bokken</h2><p> There are Bokkens of different sizes. They usually measure between 100 and 105 cm in length, but there are also smaller Bokkens for training the little ones. Formerly made of more fragile woods, they are currently made of either pressed oak wood (more robust) or a more modern material such as polypropylene, whose main advantage is that it does not break.</p><h2> Types of bokken</h2><p> Wooden bokken: the most common. You can find them in most Dojos. There are oak wood, red wood (a more advanced and professional use), bamboo, pressed beech...</p><h2> Polypropylene Bokken</h2><p> the most resistant. Unbreakable, no matter how much use they are given, they do not wear out. It should be noted that these Bokken are exactly the same as the wooden ones, both in size, weight and handling.</p>
<img src="/img/cms/demonslayer.jpg" alt="Katanas Anime" title="katana anime" width="1903" height="600" /> <p style="text-align:justify;">In our katana store you will find all kinds of decorative samurai swords, for practice or training. Whether you are looking for an anime katana or a functional katana, we can help you choose the katana that best suits your needs.</p> <h2>what is a katana</h2> <p style="text-align:justify;">The katana is a sword of Japanese origin that has a single edge and is usually curved. The katana was born between the 10th and 12th centuries when it was used against heavy cavalry. The katana is the best known Japanese weapon in the world and is the quintessential weapon of samurai warriors.</p><p> The best known type of katana today is the <strong>Oda Nobunaga</strong> whose creator was daimyō.</p> <a href="/img/cms/4387.jpg"> <img src="/img/cms/4387.jpg" alt="Kitt completo de katana" title="full katana kit" width="731" height="245" /> </a> <h3 style="text-align:justify;">Origin of the katana</h3><p style="text-align:justify;"> The origin of the katana dates back to 700 AD They made katanas with a single straight edge known as <strong>chokuto</strong> and their size was 30-90 cm.</p><h3 style="text-align:justify;"> The katana in its different eras</h3><p style="text-align:justify;"> With the spread of Buddhism, highly ornate double-edged katanas appear, losing a certain ergonomics and functionality.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> In the Kamakura era, the katana appears as we know it today, highlighting the three master armorers, <strong>Masamune, Yoshimitsu and Yoshihiro</strong> .</p> <h2>parts of a katana</h2> <h3>katana blade</h3> <h4 id="elementor-tab-title-2331"> <a href="">sheet</a> </h4> <p>Obviously the blade is the fundamental part of the katana . The traditional ones were forged in steel with more than 4% carbon.</p> <h4 id="elementor-tab-title-2332"> <a href="">Kissaki</a> </h4> <p>The tip of the blade with the peculiarity of being on the edge, unlike European swords.</p> <h4 id="elementor-tab-title-2333"> <a href="">Boshi</a> </h4> <p>Kissaki tempering line. Only katanas tempered with the differential method have it.</p> <h4 id="elementor-tab-title-2334"> <a href="">yokote</a> </h4> <p>Line dividing the kissaki (tip) from the body of the blade.</p> <h4 id="elementor-tab-title-2335"> <a href="">Hasaki (ha)</a> </h4> <p>Hardened edge of the blade.</p> <h4 id="elementor-tab-title-2336"> <a href="">Mune</a> </h4> <p>The side opposite the hasaki, trailing edge of the blade.</p> <h4 id="elementor-tab-title-2337"> <a href="">hee</a> </h4> <p>Part of the blade between the shinogi and the hamon.</p> <h4 id="elementor-tab-title-2338"> <a href="">Monkey-Uchi</a> </h4> <p>Near the kissaki (blade tip).</p> <h4 id="elementor-tab-title-2339"> <a href="">shinogi</a> </h4> <p>thickest part of the leaf Only some katanas have it, those without it are called Hira-Zukuri.</p> <h4 id="elementor-tab-title-23310"> <a href="">Shinogi-ji</a> </h4> <p>Between the shinogi and the mune.</p> <h4 id="elementor-tab-title-23311"> <a href="">Sori</a> </h4> <p>It is not a physical part but it is the measurement of the curvature of the blade.</p> <h4 id="elementor-tab-title-23312"> <a href="">nagasa</a> </h4> <p>katana blade. Single-edged curved blade.</p> <h4 id="elementor-tab-title-23313"> <a href="">Hello (Bo-hello)</a> </h4> <p>Blade groove, in the style of European swords to reduce weight.</p> <h4 id="elementor-tab-title-23314"> <a href="">hamon</a> </h4> <p>Line on the sheet in the form of a wave. It is a secondary effect that is done by differentially tempering the blade.</p> <h3>katana</h3> <h4 id="elementor-tab-title-1561"> <a href="">Tsuka</a> </h4> <p>katana . It is always strung with silk or cotton and the most traditional models have ray skin.</p> <h4 id="elementor-tab-title-1562"> <a href="">habaki</a> </h4> <p>Metal piece located at the base of the blade before the seppa and tsuba. Its mission is to give stability to the sword when sheathed.</p> <h4 id="elementor-tab-title-1563"> <a href="">Munemachi</a> </h4> <p>Notch made in the back of the spine. It is the part of dividing the blade and the nakago (tang)</p> <h4 id="elementor-tab-title-1564"> <a href="">hamachi</a> </h4> <p>Notch in the cutting edge that divides the blade from the tang. It guarantees, like the munemachi, the perfect fit between the habaki and the blade.</p> <h4 id="elementor-tab-title-1565"> <a href="">tsuba</a> </h4> <p>Keeper of the katanas. It is usually round and highly decorated, although its mission is to protect the hand.</p> <h4 id="elementor-tab-title-1566"> <a href="">seppa</a> </h4> <p>Metal piece located on both sides of the tsuba that protects it.</p> <h4 id="elementor-tab-title-1567"> <a href="">fuchi</a> </h4> <p>Metallic ornament located between the guard and the handle of the katana . Normally with decorations of nature.</p> <h4 id="elementor-tab-title-1568"> <a href="">Menuki</a> </h4> <p>Decoration to improve grip (usually with animals, dragons or mythology).</p> <h4 id="elementor-tab-title-1569"> <a href="">Nakago</a> </h4> <p>Spike of the sword that goes under the handle.</p> <h4 id="elementor-tab-title-15610"> <a href="">Mekugi</a> </h4> <p>Fixing pins of the sword with the spike made of bamboo.</p> <h4 id="elementor-tab-title-15611"> <a href="">Tsukaito</a> </h4> <p>katana . It is always strung with silk or cotton and the most traditional models have ray skin.</p> <h4 id="elementor-tab-title-15612"> <a href="">Same-Kawa</a> </h4> <p>Ray or shark skin that wraps the handle of the katana . Located under the tsuka-ito.</p> <h4 id="elementor-tab-title-15613"> <a href="">same-fairy</a> </h4> <p>Ray skin to wrap the tsuka.</p> <h4 id="elementor-tab-title-15614"> <a href="">Kashir</a> </h4> <p>The equivalent of a sword pommel. It usually has a recess to pass the tsuka-ito.</p> <h3>katana</h3> <h4 id="elementor-tab-title-7081"> <a href="">skirt</a> </h4> <p>katana . It is usually made of wood and has a bow to tie to the belt.</p> <h4 id="elementor-tab-title-7082"> <a href="">Kurikata</a> </h4> <p>Ring through which the sageo is passed.</p> <h4 id="elementor-tab-title-7083"> <a href="">Sageo</a> </h4> <p>Hanging cord made of silk, cotton or leather that is passed through the hole of the kurikata.</p> <h4 id="elementor-tab-title-7084"> <a href="">Koiguchi</a> </h4> <p>Vanina inlet mouth.</p> <h4 id="elementor-tab-title-7085"> <a href="">kōjiri</a> </h4> <p>Tip of the katana sheath.</p> <a href="/img/cms/Parts_Of_A_Samurai_Sword.jpg"> <img src="/img/cms/Parts_Of_A_Samurai_Sword.jpg" alt="Nomenclatura de una katana en partes" title="Nomenclature of a katana in parts" width="562" height="1216" /> </a> <h2>MARTIAL ARTS USING THE KATANA</h2> <p>In different martial arts the katana is used; The curious thing is that each one has different peculiarities.</p> <img src="/img/cms/black-and-white-sword-sports-manga-samurai-sacramento-396310-pxhere-com.jpg" alt="Práctica con katana" title="Practice exercise with katana" width="1168" height="900" /> <h3 style="text-align:left;"><strong>aikidō</strong></h3><p style="text-align:left;"> It is the typical fight with samurai sabers.</p><h3 style="text-align:left;"> <strong>iaido</strong></h3><p style="text-align:left;"> katana unsheathing practice. It is a defensive practice.</p><h3 style="text-align:left;"> <strong>kendo</strong></h3><p style="text-align:left;"> It is a discipline that teaches fighting with wooden or bamboo katanas. Opponents wear protections.</p><h3 style="text-align:left;"> <strong>Jiu Jitsu</strong></h3><p style="text-align:left;"> This discipline is dedicated to personal defense, sometimes against weapons, in this case against katana attacks.</p><h3 style="text-align:left;"> <strong>Karate</strong></h3><p style="text-align:left;"> In karate, the use of the katana is taught only to students with great discipline and skill. One of the most modern ways of using the katana is the "freestyle kata": an imaginary and spectacular combat, where the karateka demonstrates his skills to some judges accompanied by a musical background.</p><h3 style="text-align:left;"> <strong>Tameshigiri</strong></h3><p style="text-align:left;"> Martial art where the cut with katana is practiced.</p> <h2>TYPES OF KATANAS (BASED ON FUNCTIONALITY)</h2> <p>According to our criteria, we have differentiated the katanas in the catalog into different categories based on functionality:</p><h3> <strong>decorative katana</strong></h3><p> Suitable to hang or carry on the belt. They do not usually come sharp, nor balanced. The garments used for all those who want to have a katana at home.</p><h3> Katana for basic practice</h3><p> Suitable for decorating and for practicing drawing. Some may have a marked edge. They are not balanced. Advised for beginners.</p><h3> <strong>Katanas for standard practice</strong></h3><p> Suitable to start the first training sessions: unsheathed and some smooth movement. Some are balanced and can be used to cut. Recommended for beginners with months of experience.</p><h3> <strong>Katanas for intermediate practice</strong></h3><p> Suitable for training without making extreme movements or difficult cuts. Some can be used for cutting and are usually well balanced. Recommended for experts.</p><h3> <strong>Katanas for superior practice</strong></h3><p></p><p> Suitable for training the cut and for rehearsing movements without risk. Recommended for experts and teachers. These katanas usually cut a lot and come perfectly balanced. Some of them are true works of art.</p><blockquote></blockquote> <a href="/img/cms/katana-funcional-tienda-medieval.jpg"> <img src="/img/cms/katana-funcional-tienda-medieval.jpg" alt="Katana funcional" title="functional Katana" width="702" height="728" /> </a> <a href="/img/cms/katana-decorativa-tienda-medieval.jpg"> <img src="/img/cms/katana-decorativa-tienda-medieval.jpg" alt="Katana decorativa último samurái" title="decorative Katana last samurai" width="723" height="745" /> </a> <a href="/img/cms/katana-de-trafalgar-law-one-piece.jpg"> <img src="/img/cms/katana-de-trafalgar-law-one-piece.jpg" alt="Katana one piece-trafalgar law" title="Katana one piece-trafalgar law" width="900" height="900" /> </a> <h2>THE RITUAL OF CLEANSING</h2> <a href="/img/cms/kit-de-limpieza-de-katanas.jpg"> <img src="/img/cms/kit-de-limpieza-de-katanas.jpg" alt="Kitt para limpieza de katanas" title="Katana cleaning kit" width="900" height="900" /> </a> <p>The cleaning of the weapon was a true ritual and the samurai warriors spent hours to leave their sabers perfect, clean and nicks. The katana was used to kill the opponent (and sometimes themselves - Harakiri) and needed to clean its blade and guard from the blood of battle. In the same battle the samurai cleaned the blade of the katana with the sleeve of his uwagi (Kimono jacket) but when he returned, he had to follow the following steps to leave the katana perfect.</p><ul><li> <strong>Sit in seiza position and draw the katana :</strong> Sit on your knees with your heels against your back and draw the katana slowly.</li><li> <strong>Pass the rice paper:</strong> to remove dirt and dried oil.</li><li> <strong>Throw Uchigomori:</strong> use the "pom-pom" by tapping very lightly on the blade.</li><li> <strong>Pass the oil:</strong> uniformly and cleaning the excesses.</li><li> <strong>Sheath the sword.</strong></li></ul>
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How are the Japanese Swords
There is a wide variety of traditional Japanese swords that differ in their size, how they are used, and how they are made. They represent culture and tradition beyond time. Perhaps the best known is the katana , Shinogi-Zukuri , a long sword with a single edge and a curved blade.
Japanese weapons of all time
The tachi is a longer and more curved Japanese sword than the katana .
It is the short sword version of the tachi .
Traditional sword with elongated and curved blade greater than 60 cm. Perhaps the best known today outside of Japan
Straight, double-edged sword with a slightly curved symmetrical blade.
Single edged straight sword.
Much larger sword than the tachi .
Sword with a long one between the katana and the tanto .
Polearm similar to the naginata but with a straight blade.
Dagger or short single-edged knife.
Polearm with a single-edged blade.
Polearm like spear.
The Japanese bow, one of the oldest that was shot while riding a horse. This is the Japanese kyudo art.
At first it was used as an agricultural tool. It is a blunt dagger with a long point used for threading.
They are 3 polearms that were popularized by Japanese warriors in the Edo era. They were also originally farm tools that were eventually adapted for war.
A classic of Japanese action movies, the tonfa are wooden or metal handle sticks. At the time that they are held with the hands they are glued to the arm. It is similar to police batons.
The unforgettable nunchucks made popular by Bruce Lee. Two sticks linked by a chain that are used as a defense. Many names have been used, I remember them as a child as "luchacos".
The ninja stars. They are throwing weapons made of metal and with sharp edges. Also very popular in manga series like Naruto.
The fukiya is a ninja weapon, it is a small tube with a thin hollow shaft. Inside a needle to blow and stick it into the enemy. Come on, what we know as a blowgun.
It is a wooden katana for training. Today it is used for the practice of kendo and Japanese fencing.
ancient japanese weapons
japanese sword parts - katana
THE SWORD OF THE SAMURAIS
The traditional katana that we all know was the weapon of the samurai. In our catalog you can find all kinds of katanas but we recommend that before buying you make sure of their functionality. You will find several categories that are based on the use that can be made of each of them.
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