This is a good choice representing a katana, or “samurai sword,” in the 40 Inch Gold Spiral Dragon Red Katana Sword Plus Extras is a great selection. This particular model includes a gold dragon theme throughout the construction of what is a premium-styled red katana. This is one of the best swords offered here displaying a gold dragon on the hilt with each end piece a silver dragon cap. You can tell right off that a great deal of detail attention accompanied the creation of this sword.
Traditionally, Japanese sword makers were held in deep regard for their attention to detail creating many katanas for the warrior Samurai class. A katana could be specifically designed and created for one individual that would become associated with its owner much like a specifically manufactured set of pearl-handle six shooters would be created for a famous gunslinger in the U.S. Old West of the mid to late 1800s.
In fact, the practice of iado, the drawing of the sword and cutting of an opponent has been compared to the art of the shootout where two gunmen stared each other down in a dusty street in an old West town until each drew a gun from a holster and fired at their opponent.
Duels Fought For Centuries
The art of Japanese swordsmanship that includes use of a katana is known as kenjitsu. Practitioners settled scores with a katana in hand much like the duels between gentlemen on the European continent during the same time period from the 1600s to mid to late 1800s. One of the most famous Japanese swordsmen was named Miyamoto Musashi who was known for his creation of a fighting style known as Niten-ryu and the author of The Book of Five Rings that teaches strategy, tactics as well as philosophy written in the 17th century and studied still today.
He is credited with creating a two-sword technique that became a staple of kenjitsu known as niten-ichi (Tow Swords as One) which he noted was inspired by the two-hand drumming technique employed by Buddhist monks. Musashi is said to have travelled throughout Japan participating in challenge duels. He participated in more than 60 during his lifetime never losing one. In fact, legend has him at age 13 in his first duel that resulted in the death of his opponent. He might have been proud to wield a sword such as this 40 Inch Gold Spiral Dragon Red Katana Sword Plus Extras.
This 40 Inch Gold Spiral Dragon Red Katana Sword Plus Extras sports a superbly crafted stainless steel blade that slips into a hard red-colored scabbard with high gloss finish. The sword has a long, two-fisted handle of a red snakeskin-style with gold molden artwork enhancements wrapped in red cord. The extras include a 7.875 inch stiletto with a 7.5 inch knife that hide away firmly fitted in the scabbard. The overall presentation length is 40 inches with a 26.125 blade length and a 10.75 inch long handle.