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The Eternal Quest For the 40.5 Inch Japanese Officer Katana Sword is Answered

The Eternal Quest For the 40.5 Inch Japanese Officer Katana Sword is Answered

The Eternal Quest For the 40.5 Inch Japanese Officer Katana Sword is Answered

I started my long quest for the 40.5 inch Japanese Officer Katana Sword with Black Scabbard after hearing about these types of unique swords at a dinner party that my husband and I went to. The husband of our hostess was continually talking about these Japanese weapons and how great they were, having seen them at someone else’s home recently. I could practically see my husband drooling over the descriptions of these swords that our friend was furnishing to all of us.

As he went into more and more detail about the decorative features and superb craftsmanship of these authentic Japanese blades I knew I needed to find one for my husband. I had been wondering what to get him for his birthday and now I had the perfect answer right within my grasp.

The History and the Search

My husband is a history buff, loving to read up on all periods of history. However, his favorite articles on ancient history come from the times when Japan and the Samurai warriors seemed to dominate the landscape. We have a number of wonderful art pieces throughout our home and all of them are in some way commemorating these ancient warriors. We even have some other ancient swords on display but a 40.5 inch Japanese Officer Katana sword with black scabbard is quite special and unique in its own right.

I began my search for this perfect gift, knowing that my husband’s birthday was only a couple of weeks away. While searching, I learned that these Japanese blades were used by the officers who were a part of the Japanese army.

As such, they were designed for both strength and beauty, most of which have a stainless steel blade, ivory handle, and usually a red design on it. Because of the fact that it has this ornate design this feature ensured that the 40.5 inch Japanese Officer Katana Sword with Black Scabbard was distinctly different from the other swords that my husband had in his collection and would make a perfect gift for him.

Since my husband is also involved in the art of Japanese sword fighting, the strength of this sword in addition to its beauty was a draw. I knew that he could choose to use the sword in a couple of different ways. He could impress his sword fighting friends with his new Katana blade, or he could hang the sword on the wall of his study, adding glamour to his already impressive collection.

Most of the swords I discovered in my research efforts were about forty inches long and the best models would even come with a black scabbard in which to sheath the blade for a stunning visual display. Some of the swords that I looked at had real ivory as the handle, but I knew, with my husband’s affinity for animals, he would not feel right about owning a sword that contained real ivory. So, I took my search in a different direction, looking for a Katana sword that had the look and feel of real ivory, without actually being made of it.

Fortunately I discovered the perfect style being offered for sale online. The one that I chose was a perfectly detailed 40.5 inch Japanese Officer Katana sword with Black Scabbard. There was even a brilliant red design featured on blade’s handle. The crimson coloring of the handle was offset by a faux ivory background, and the sword’s scabbard was black with some red fabric woven in as well.

I waited in anticipation for the Big Day to arrive. I believe that I was more excited than my husband when I handed him the carefully wrapped package. His face showed the surprise and awe that I expected and his favorite birthday gift is now hanging in a place of honor right on his office wall, just as I supposed it would.

40 Inch Gold Japanese Katana Sword W Dragon Tsuba and Scabbard - Review

40 Inch Gold Japanese Katana Sword W Dragon Tsuba and Scabbard – Review

40 Inch Gold Japanese Katana Sword W Dragon Tsuba and Scabbard - Review

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.

40 Inch Gold Japanese Katana Sword W Dragon Tsuba and Scabbard - Review

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).

Samurai Swords and The Swordsmiths

Samurai Swords and The Swordsmiths

Samurai Swords and The Swordsmiths

Back in the early times of sword manufacture, the production of super strong high-grade carbon steel wasn’t even a vague dream. But we know, as history has taught us, that sword makers of ancient times still managed to produce superb quality, strong weapons.

So just how was this possible all those hundreds of years ago? How did these ancient swordmakers manage to craft weapons of such high-quality? What was the secret to this skill of taking poor quality ore and turning it into the finest quality steel blades? Well, it seems the process of Japanese samurai swords making was an highly advanced artform. It wasn’t as simple as casting a sword shape with molten steel and sharpening an edge. What the swords makers would do was to hammer the heated and softened steel flat, and fold it over and hammer it flat again, and repeat this process over and over, maybe by upto as much as thirty times.

This was a very long and labor-intensive process, but in the constant folding and hammering of the steel, it would create internally something comparable to layers. Take a book and fold it parallel to the spine, roll it up and you’ll see what a swords structure inside would look like, and also see how strength increases. This gave the sword a superior strength. As in much of Japanese culture, like Martial Arts for example, many advancements and ways are attributed to emulating natures ways and by observing natures patterns.

It is sometimes thought by some that the idea for this ‘folding’ to create the ‘rings/layers’ inside the samurai sword came about by looking at the cross section of the inside of a tree trunk and observing the way these almost layer like rings of wood gave the tree the strength to stand upto natures forces without breaking very easily, but merely bending with the wind. This is thought by some to be the idea which gave birth to the folded steel concept of Japans samurai swords.

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