If you are looking for a great representation of a Japanese katana, or what is commonly referred to as a “samurai” sword then this 40 Inch Gold Japanese Katana Sword w Dragon Tsuba and Scabbard is a very good choice. A katana is a moderately curved sword that has a slender, single-edged blade with a circular or square-shaped hand guard (tsuba) plus a long grip so it can be wielded with both hands when needed.
Typically, katanas possess lengths greater than 60 cm or 23.6 inches long. These swords have a reputation for being extremely sharp and lethal. Since it has been historically associated with the Japanese warrior class called the Samurai, the sword has become known by this name in the West.
Medieval Knights or Gunslingers
Although the Samurai can be traced back in time to the late 1300s, their existence was little known in the West until the age of European exploration began. Since then, the Samurai, who follow the Bushido, a code that typifies the philosophy of the “Way of the Warrior,” have been looked upon in the West like Medieval knights and at the same time like the tales of gunslingers that sold their skills to whoever paid the price in the days of the lawless Old West in America.
In fact, for some time in the late 50s and 60s, American movie audiences embraced many Oriental cinematic productions reflecting the tales and lives of the Japanese Samurai with a great deal of emphasis placed upon choreographed sword fights. When the katana became the weapon of choice during the warring days in feudal Japan, it was worn with the blade face up so its bearer could quickly withdraw it from the scabbard and strike a target and as quickly return it to its resting place.
Although this movement had been perfected for centuries before the western portions of the United States were visited and the emergence of a gunfighter anti-hero occurred, the Samurai’s sword-drawing movement was reminiscent of a shootout in the Old West.
Weapons as Art
Just like many gunsmiths in the West went to great lengths providing not only an efficient weapon when designing a gun but also works of art, sword makers also produced fabulous works of art, particularly in the design of the katana’s tsuba, or hand guard.
These hand guards started out as a practical component that aided in weapon control as well as protecting the wielder’s hands. It was for preventing the user’s hand from sliding onto the highly sharpened blade when thrusting at an opponent as well as protection against the opponent’s blade striking the hand.
Great Sword Features
This 40 Inch Gold Japanese Katana Sword w Dragon Tsuba and Scabbard includes an overall 27.5 inch blade size with a 10.5 inch handle made from imitation fish skin along with a dragon decorated hand guard (tsuba).