7 Reasons Why You Should Value Your Katana Above Other Swords
The Katana represents the spiritual essence of the Samurai warriors of feudal Japan. The Katana sword is one of the deadliest weapon of Japan. Not evokes a reaction than this sword used by the Samurai. An image commonly seen in movies shows the samurai with his horse galloping into battle carrying his flag and his samurai sword. In real life, the truth is equally fascinating. The sword embodies the warrior’s Bushido code. The sword is inseparable since birth until the day he dies and even after then when he faced his demons in the afterlife.
The earliest record shows how these Japanese swords are both highly prized and admired. The care and technical skills using traditional methods to produce a finished product is a cherished work of art. This is a sword not just for used for practical purpose alone. It is not surprising that in feudal Japan when Daimyo’s met they admire each other’s sword. Even alliances were sealed with the gifting of a rare sword to show respect to the other party. In this regard, the sword is used to woo others in arms. In samurai families the swords are handed from generation to the next. The weapon is passed on from father to son.
Why The Katana is Admired and Highly Regarded
- Katana has historical significance. It is not just a weapon for battle and self-defense alone
- Swords are intricately designed and forged. Each parts are designed in such a way that it complements the other parts
- Japanese blades are among the world’s finest
- Finely made Katanas are worth tens of thousands of dollars. A good investment for anybody planning to buy and sell. It would not hurt to collect some while doing this
- Learn from the sword masters. What better way to learn how to use the Katana than learning from the masters of this sword
- Practical use for trainings and competitions. True Katanas can be a good weapon of choice for those who have advance sword skills. As in any martial arts continued practice makes it perfect. Even those who are in their advance levels never fails to practice everyday
- Master the art of pure concentration. This is when the samurai will execute a smooth movement known as nukiuchi. This is compared to hitting the bulls’ eye in one swift movement. Fight like the legendary samurais of old
The Katana has managed to deliver death to hundreds of thousands not just in the battlefield in feudal Japan. This sword was attributed to a mixture of Chinese and Japanese craftsmanship. The Katana is different from other blades because of the blade’s edge. It allows the warrior to slice his opponent in one quick single motion. In fact, the art of drawing and cutting is practice to perfection. The most well-known Katana can be traced from the Japan’s greatest sword smith after Japan rose in political and military power. As evidence of its usefulness, the Katana was used even during World War I. When using the Katana, it would be a good idea to wear protection. It would not be an enjoyable experience to practice with this sword and accidentally get hurt out of ignorance.
To master this sword is to empty the mind of everything. This is a mental conditioning process better known as no-mindedness. It is a quick no hesitation striking movement in the blink of an eye before the opponent can deal his blow. Some refer to this movement as lightning strike because of how it is executed. It is worth watching opponent’s facing each other in a man-to-man combat. This is often captured in films however, the reality is that the finale could have devastating results like both of the opponents fall into the ground dead at the same time. This is why in this modern age, such competition are not aimed to kill but, to win over a friendly sport competition. The prize would be to be recognize as somebody who wields the sword in a way that will show his skills. Still, a kendo student will show a “Kiai” before he delivers the final blow. This is how far as it gets, before the opponents bow to show respect towards their foe.