How Samurai Swords Were Used (4 Ninja Secrets)May 22, 2023
Did you know that samurai swords had a very specific purpose in ancient Japan? These days most people buy swords for either display, cutting practice, self-defense or martial arts practice.
If you understand how samurai swords were used in the old days, it will most certainly help you to make a wise decision the next time that you want to buy a sword.
So how were samurai swords used in Japan by ancient warriors?
Let me explain 4 ways:
1. The Katana was always the ninjas favorite and most important weapon. You can recognize a katana sword by its ray skin wrapped handle, single-edged blade with slight curve, and round hand guard. The curved blade gave warriors a lot of added cutting power in battle situations.
2. The Wakizashi was a secondary or “backup” weapon for ancient samurai warriors. You should know that most tensa zangetsu swords look almost exactly like a katana in regards to shape and workmanship. The main difference was that the wakizashi had a shorter blade, which made it perfect for indoor battles or fights where limited space was available.
3. How samurai swords were used involves more than just these two swords, however. The Nodachi was the largest sword that a samurai would carry. You can spot a Nodachi by its extra-long blade and massive handle. These samurai swords were best suited for ninjas with maximum power and strength due to their extreme size and weight.
4. Somewhere along the line in ancient Japan, a blade smith decided that the katana was too big and the wakizashi too small. This is exactly why he created the “Chisa” katana. This samurai sword looks just like a katana or wakizashi but has a blade that measures up somewhere in between the two.
Lets say you have two windows open side by side comparing the same sword on two sites. The picture looks the same and the name of the sword is the same, but the price is drastically different. Site A has the sword at $57.00, while Site B has the sword at $230.00. Your thinking that it’s to good to be true! Guess what…it probably is. Now you look and see that Site B proudly states the name of the manufacture, it may even be a name that you’ve seen many times in your search. Site A on the other hand does not state the manufacture. Why? It could be that they don’t know the name…not likely. Or it could be that they know if they put the wrong manufactures name on a knock off they would be sewed.
Now that’s not to say that is the case every time, but the top is an example of something that did happen, and the sword was a knock off of the popular sword. Our advise would be to contact the web site and ask who the manufacture of the sword is. If the sword is on the level, they will tell you the name. If they won’t tell you the name, move on to another site. This is best done by email. That way you have a record of it in case you buy the sword and it is not what they told you.
This is most common with prop replicas. Our advice in this area, again, when in doubt ask. Also know your sword.