domingo, 9 de julio de 2017

Nodachi? Odachi? Uchigatana? Katana? Japanese Sword Types Explained

Some of the more commonly known types of Japanese swords are the katana, wakizashi, and tachi.
The type classifications for Japanese swords indicate the combination of a blade and its mounts as this, then, determines the style of use of the blade.
In modern times the most commonly known type of Japanese sword is the Shinogi-Zukuri katana, which is a single-edged and usually curved longsword traditionally worn by samurai from the 15th century onwards.
Japanese swords are still commonly seen today, antique and modern forged swords can easily be found and purchased. Modern, authentic nihontō are made by a few hundred swordsmiths. Many examples can be seen at an annual competition hosted by the All Japan Swordsmith Association, under the auspices of the Nihontō Bunka Shinkō Kyōkai (Society for the promotion of Japanese Sword Culture).

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