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Katanas, Japanese Samurai Swords | Authentic or Replica (2)

Bushido Katana Functional Shirasaya

Musashi Zatoichi Sword, Full Tang w/ Natural Scabbard

Bushido Katana Functional Shirasaya | Musashi Zatoichi Sword, Full Tang w/ Natural Scabbard

Even though it's price-competitive with many display-only swords, the Bushido Musashi Natural Shirasaya Sword was built for real work. If the cost of a genuine cutter has been holding you back, consider this entry-level blade from Musashi Swords. Nothing about it looks cheap, making it an excellent choice for display ...





Musashi Miyamoto Shirakawa Katana, Forged Spring Steel

Martial Arts Battle Ready Sword

Musashi Miyamoto Shirakawa Katana, Forged Spring Steel | Martial Arts Battle Ready Sword

This Musashi 1060 Shirakawa Katana combines hand forging and efficient machine processes to bring sword enthusiasts a functional cutter with classic features. At this level you'd expect an etched hamon -- this one is real, the mark of traditional clay edge tempering.

To many of us, a major factor in whether a ...





Martial Arts Training Sword Set

Practice Wood Bokken, Sponge Daito

Martial Arts Training Sword Set | Practice Wood Bokken, Sponge Daito

Few people with an interest in swords have no interest in how to use them. Most collectors will not become highly skilled, but those who do want to learn the basics should follow the wise training regimens and start with something that isn't deadly. In the Japanese style, that ...





Dragon Claw Fantasy Katana from Sword Demon, Open Mouth

High Carbon Stainless Steel Blade

Dragon Claw Fantasy Katana from Sword Demon, Open Mouth | High Carbon Stainless Steel Blade

The Open Mouthed Dragon Claw Katana from Sword Demon is another interesting sword for the collector who finds inspiration in fantasy weaponry and is unconcerned with practical issues. The stainless steel blade comes unsharpened and was never intended for actual combat or even real-world cutting practice.

The cast metal fittings ...





Bushido Katana Set w/ Wakizashi & Tanto

3 Sword Display Stand

Bushido Katana Set w/ Wakizashi & Tanto | 3 Sword Display Stand

The classic black look of this Bushido 3-Piece Katana set is more in keeping with the character of that Japanese military tradition than are many of the colorful and garish sword sets created today for collection and display. Sleek black lacquered scabbards bound with black nylon cord complement ...





Naruto Grass Cutter Katana Sword

Kusanagi Anime Display Replica SK714

Naruto Grass Cutter Katana Sword | Kusanagi Anime Display Replica SK714

Fans of the Japanese anime TV series Naruto will instantly recognize the Kusanagi or grass cutter sword with which Sasuke Uchiha acquired his legendary Chidori Nagashi technique. Those who don't know the show will still find this a good basic katana even though it's inspired by a cartoon story. The ...





Ryumon Dragon Katana

Forged Replica Display Sword w/ Scabbard

Ryumon Dragon Katana | Forged Replica Display Sword w/ Scabbard

Although the Dragon Katana Hand Forged Sword from Ryumon does catch your eye easily enough with a well-decorated scabbard and ornate fittings, be cautious if you expect this sword to be a good cutter. The steel used in the blade -- 1065 carbon steel -- could be excellent, depending on the quality ...





Paul Chen Hanwei Sword

Miyamoto Musashi Daito Katana | Japanese Military Replica

Paul Chen Hanwei Sword | Miyamoto Musashi Daito Katana | Japanese Military Replica

Inspired by the personal weapon of Miyamoto Musashi -- one of feudal Japan's greatest swordsmen and author of the famous book of strategy The Book of Five Rings -- this daito or long sword would have been used in conjunction with a shorter wakizashi. Musashi's dual weapon style saw him through ...





Hanwei Tsuru Iaito Sword

Paul Chen | Japanese Martial Arts Practice Training

Hanwei Tsuru Iaito Sword | Paul Chen | Japanese Martial Arts Practice Training

Practicing the movements of Iaido, the art of drawing the sword, traditionally involves a progression of weapons which gradually lead the swordsman to competence with a real blade. Iaito, like the Tsuru Iaito from CAS Hanwei, are the step below the real thing. Built to handle with the same feel and ...





Best Katana: CAS Hanwei Kami

Japanese Martial Arts Sword w/ Damascus Forged Blade

Best Katana: CAS Hanwei Kami | Japanese Martial Arts Sword w/ Damascus Forged Blade

Old tempering processes became so complex and time consuming that few manufacturers today even attempt their reproduction. Higher quality modern alloy steel and new ways of producing high quality blades only occasionally compete with the old standards. Almost never does anyone manage to blend the two approaches.

Through the Kami Katana by CAS ...





Hanwei Gorin Iaito Forge Katana

Paul Chen | Martial Arts Training Sword

Hanwei Gorin Iaito Forge Katana | Paul Chen | Martial Arts Training Sword

If you're considering the purchase of this sword, be aware that it's part of a training tradition and not intended for combat. This is a well-made training sword, and does cost more than a bokken, or wooden training sword. Actually a lot more -- enough that many people will think they ...





Kyoumou Tora Practical Katana

Japanese Martial Arts Sword | Valiant Armory

Kyoumou Tora Practical Katana | Japanese Martial Arts Sword | Valiant Armory

If you've ever been disappointed by a display katana's inability to cut, consider the Kyoumou Tora Practical Katana from Valiant Armoury. Part of this Texas company's Practical Cutting series of real swords and katanas, the Kyoumou Tora will actually slice through rolled tatami targets. Not only does it cut, it also ...





Ninja Gaiden Ryu Hayabusa Dragon Ninja Sword

Anime Replica Katana

Ninja Gaiden Ryu Hayabusa Dragon Ninja Sword | Anime Replica Katana

For collectors of anime swords and for fanatical fans of the game Ninja Gaiden, this 42" katana will be a familiar friend. The mainstay weapon of hero Ryu Hayabusa, the Dragon Ninja Katana was essential to both victory and revenge. The original Dragon Sword was said to be ...





Trademark Global Bamboo Ninjutsu Cane Sword

Japanese Katana

Trademark Global Bamboo Ninjutsu Cane Sword | Japanese Katana

This bamboo cane sword, imported by Trademark Global, reproduces an old hidden weapon from Japan called the shikomizue. This particular type of weapon would have been a favorite of ninja agents skilled at concealment and disguise. Global's 41" bamboo stick sword, with a hidden 27 1/4" katana style blade ...





Tokugawa Ieyasu Japanese Bushido Samurai Katana

Martial Arts Display Sword

Tokugawa Ieyasu Japanese Bushido Samurai Katana | Martial Arts Display Sword

Honoring the first Tokugawa shogun of Japan--Tokugawa Ieyasu, an intriguing master of kenjutsu and military strategy who survived 90 battles during his long and tumultuous life, loved hawking, and habitually bit his nails--this sword is actually typical of many that personify the famed general. In small ways they may be historically ...





Bleach Sword

Plum Tree Soul Reaper Anime Replica Katana | Fantasy Japanese Blade

Bleach Sword | Plum Tree Soul Reaper Anime Replica Katana | Fantasy Japanese Blade

This model of a replica sword from the hit anime show Bleach can be found in two different styles. We've seen one version with a leather-wrapped handle, but it's not as common. You'll find this one more often. It has a beautiful burgundy cord wrap around the handle as well as a couple ...





Last Samurai Sword Of Battle

Movie Replica Weapon Review | Display Stand

Last Samurai Sword Of Battle | Movie Replica Weapon Review | Display Stand

Our previous Last Samurai sword set was a three-piece work of art. However, if three-piece display sets aren't what you're looking for, and you'd rather save some cash to go with a single-sword factory-sharpened set, try this Sword Of Battle replica.

It's made from good quality 440 stainless steel and ...





Cheness Cutlery Spring Steel Japanese Katana

Samurai Budo Martial Arts Sword

Cheness Cutlery Spring Steel Japanese Katana | Samurai Budo Martial Arts Sword

Finding an affordable combat quality katana can be difficult. Sword making has not died out, but traditional sword makers are far fewer in number now. Though you might get an excellent deal at the foundry door, by the time the blade has traveled through several levels of importers and ...





Zatoichi Sword Cane

Movie Iaido Sword | High Carbon Steel Japanese Katana

Zatoichi Sword Cane | Movie Iaido Sword | High Carbon Steel Japanese Katana

This recreation of the famous sword cane wielded by the revered blind Iaido master Zatoichi in movie after excellent movie is good enough that owners want to know if it cuts. Paul Chen, the designer of this replica weapon, engineered a working blade that is still within the financial reach of ...





Zetsurin Warrior Japanese Battle Ready Katana

Samurai Martial Arts Sword

Zetsurin Warrior Japanese Battle Ready Katana | Samurai Martial Arts Sword

An economically priced and functional katana with a good reputation, the Zetsurin Warrior is hard to find now. Buyers liked the simple things about it, like being able to actually cut through training targets. The black sheath, covered with imitation ray skin, and the white nylon cord wrapped handle ...





Bleach Renji Abarai Katana

Japanese Anime Replica Sword

Bleach Renji Abarai Katana | Japanese Anime Replica Sword

The hit Japanese anime show Bleach provides us with yet another sword to bring to your attention: a katana inspired by one of the show's main Soul Reapers, Lieutenant Renji Abarai.

The katana probably best represents Renji's character due to its crimson overtones. In the series, Renji's red ponytail sets him apart ...





Practice Katana Swords

Sponge Covered Black Daito Set

Practice Katana Swords | Sponge Covered Black Daito Set

In order to fully prepare for the elite experience of wielding a real, battle-ready sword in your martial art of choice, training with a daito set (or practice sword) is essential. It's best to get a quality set that will provide you with superb balance, keep you safe during sparring sessions, and ...





Final Fantasy VII Sephiroth Masamune Katana

Carbon Steel Replica Samurai Sword

Final Fantasy VII Sephiroth Masamune Katana | Carbon Steel Replica Samurai Sword

In the Final Fantasy saga, the warrior Sephiroth mistakenly believed himself to be the last of the god-like Ancients and through that self deceit was drawn to the path of evil and his eventual downfall. Masamune, his six foot long katana, is reproduced with some expertise in this massive 68" replica.

Perhaps ...





Hiro of Heroes Sword

TV Replica Katana | Tempered High Carbon Steel

Hiro of Heroes Sword | TV Replica Katana | Tempered High Carbon Steel

Hiro Nakamura, a Japanese executive bored with modern life, suddenly develops the ability to travel in time, the audacity to do that, and as a result, the need for a good sword. He finds it on display in a museum.

While I do not recommend time travel, or liberating museum pieces ...





Hand Forged Kill Bill Sword

Clay Tempered Practical Blade | High Carbon Steel Samurai Katana

Hand Forged Kill Bill Sword | Clay Tempered Practical Blade | High Carbon Steel Samurai Katana

Is it possible to make a good katana using traditional methods of hand forging and clay tempering and market it for a reasonable price? Handmade Swords claims to have done it with this practical version of the sword favored by O-Ren in the hit movie Kill Bill. The ...





Japanese Kill Bill Snowflake Shirosawa Movie Sword

Replica Samurai Full Tang Carbon Steel Katana

Japanese Kill Bill Snowflake Shirosawa Movie Sword | Replica Samurai Full Tang Carbon Steel Katana

One of the more popular and professionally portrayed killers in Kill Bill (the movie) was Oren Ishii, the vengeful orphan girl who rose to boss level in the Yakusa with the help of her Snowflake Shirasaya katana. Lucy Liu did a wonderful job in that role and still reminds me ...





Last Samurai Handmade Engraved Movie Replica

Japanese Sword Set

Last Samurai Handmade Engraved Movie Replica | Japanese Sword Set

As a sword enthusiast, if you ever wanted to have something in common with Tom Cruise, this is the way to do it. This is the official movie replica set for The Last Samurai, and as far as three-piece sets go, it's among our favorites so far! We can ...





Paul Chen Hanwei Folded Steel Tiger Katana Blade

Shirasaya, Optional Blood Groove

Paul Chen Hanwei Folded Steel Tiger Katana Blade | Shirasaya, Optional Blood Groove

If you have the means to add some finishing touches to your own blade, then you'll want to take a look at this Paul Chen Hanwei sword.

It's an installment in Paul Chen's Tiger series, similar to his Tiger Katana but available now in a wooden Shirasaya design. There are two ...





InuYasha Tetsusaiga Katana

Anime Replica Sword

InuYasha Tetsusaiga Katana | Anime Replica Sword

Here's another anime replica sword that's not a bad deal either. It's from the InuYasha series. The name of the sword is Tessaiga meaning "iron-crushing fang," and is wielded by InuYasha himself. It's otherwise called the Sword of Calamity, and is the untransformed version of the Tessaiga.

The Tessaiga stretches ...





Bleach Sword

Anime Replica | Black Blade, Chain

Bleach Sword | Anime Replica | Black Blade, Chain

This is the final sword of Bleach's Ichigo, named Tensa Zangetsu, found on the Bleach anime series. Collectors really like to comment on its reserved design. Normally, Bleach swords in their final form have a lot of flair and decor, whereas the Tensa sword is the opposite. So they prefer to ...





Shinwa Noble Series Katana

Fully Functional High Carbon Sword

Shinwa Noble Series Katana | Fully Functional High Carbon Sword

This is a basic, but fully functional katana. Plain and simple. Shinwa would have you believe it's something special - They claim that their Noble series swords are above and beyond many others because they aren't "cheap imitations." Strong words. But are they true?

Well let's take a look, ...





Toshiro Hitsugaya Bleach Sword

Anime Zanpakuto | Replica Katana

Toshiro Hitsugaya Bleach Sword | Anime Zanpakuto | Replica Katana

This fantasy sword is inspired by the Japanese anime/manga series Bleach. It's the blade of 10th Division Captain Hitsugaya Toushiro, and is a very detailed and authentic replica of the original manga sword.

Honestly, due to the price, we didn't expect this Zanpakuto sword to be high in the quality department... but ...





Paul Chen Hanwei Practical Plus Elite Katana Sword

Paul Chen Hanwei Practical Plus Elite Katana Sword

Let's call this one a mid-range sword... a nice piece of equipment that's not too expensive, but is pricey enough that you've got to be serious to consider it. Let's get into the pros and cons of the Practical Plus Elite...

There's no doubt it's a strong, durable sword. The blade ...





Handmade Damascus Japanese Tiger Katana

Battle Ready Sword

Handmade Damascus Japanese Tiger Katana | Battle Ready Sword

The Tiger and Rose Katana is a beautiful collector's item. It has an extensive history of ancient samurai heritage embedded in each facet of its design, which is refreshing to see.

And it's not just for looks. This sword is battle-ready and sharpened with folds of Damascus steel, layered by hand and ...





Cold Steel Wakizashi Samurai Sword

Japanese Warrior Series | Full Tang Blade

Cold Steel Wakizashi Samurai Sword | Japanese Warrior Series | Full Tang Blade

This is Cold Steel's pair to the Warrior series' katana: the Warrior wakizashi. The retail price is the same as the katana, though this sword is eight inches shorter.

The wakizashi's blade, handle, and components are all crafted identically to its katana counterpart. The fully-sharpened, battle-ready blade is 1055 spring ...





Ryumon Shirasaya Katana

Hand Forged Full Tang | Japanese Samurai Sword

Ryumon Shirasaya Katana | Hand Forged Full Tang | Japanese Samurai Sword

Ryumon's dark redwood katana is another beautiful reason why Ryumon should be a contender on everyone's shopping list. This is a high-quality sword, and it's available at an affordable price too (if you know where to look).

The blade is full-tang and has been sharpened by hand. It's made from high ...





Cold Steel Warrior Functional Katana

Full Tang Japanese Samurai Sword

Cold Steel Warrior Functional Katana | Full Tang Japanese Samurai Sword

So, here's Cold Steel's version of an "economy" battle-ready sword.

The Warrior katana is a quality sword, just like you'd expect from Cold Steel. It's very similar to the Imperial series, actually. The blade is made from 1055 spring tempered high carbon steel (one of the toughest steels around) measuring 60-64 ...





Ryumon Katana

Hand Forged Full Tang Blade | Battle Ready Samurai Sword

Ryumon Katana | Hand Forged Full Tang Blade | Battle Ready Samurai Sword

Grab a napkin. Seriously. You'll need it to wipe the drool off your chin after taking in all that this Ryumon katana has to offer. It's a professional-grade sword with an elite decorative touch... much too handsome to use in battle.

We honestly can't find anything wrong with the way this sword was made. ...





Sengoku General Katana Sword

Combat Ready Full Tang | Handmade Japanese

Sengoku General Katana Sword | Combat Ready Full Tang | Handmade Japanese

The Sengoku General katana has a good balance of functionality and flair. If you're an art lover, an historian, or a collector of battle-ready swords, you shouldn't have any doubts as to whether or not it's a quality piece of work.

It's 28.5 inches in length, perfectly balanced, full tang, razor-sharp, and ...





Full Tang Rurouni Kenshin Sword

Reverse Blade Sakabato

Full Tang Rurouni Kenshin Sword | Reverse Blade Sakabato

This isn't a "flashy" sword. It's not overlaid with solid gold, or carved with intricate Japanese characters. But it is still a product of quality craftsmanship.

The noteworthiness comes from the battle-ready construction of its blade. The 27.5-inch blade is full-tang, made from one solid piece of high carbon steel, ...





Kill Bill Sword Set

Hattori Hanzo Katana | Bride and Demon

Kill Bill Sword Set | Hattori Hanzo Katana | Bride and Demon

If you're a sword collector with a Quentin Tarantino movie or two on your shelves, chances are you'll start drooling once you get a glimpse of this katana set.

That's right: this is a "Kill Bill" sword set. The two swords are named the Demon and the Bride, respectively. You'll ...





Masahiro Katana

Hand Forged Samurai Sword | Wheel of Dharma Tsuba

Masahiro Katana | Hand Forged Samurai Sword | Wheel of Dharma Tsuba

This is a gorgeous sword from Masahiro that has been made from top-notch materials. It was the sword wielded by Morpheus in "The Matrix", though this particular model is not marketed that way.

The blade has been hand-forged from high-carbon 1065 steel and mirror-polished. It is quite sharp out of the box and hefty ...





Cold Steel Katana

Japanese Samurai Sword | Ray Skin Handle, Wood Scabbard

Cold Steel Katana | Japanese Samurai Sword | Ray Skin Handle, Wood Scabbard

This is a beautiful katana sword, designed to look great on any wall you mount it on, at 41 inches.

It's also fully functional, with a 24-inch double-edged blade that's sharpened with a blood groove.

The blade is made from superior quality 1050 high carbon steel, mirror polished for that extra touch. It measures just ...





Antique WW2 Japanese Sword

Katanas and Replica Samurai Swords | Militaria

Antique WW2 Japanese Sword | Katanas and Replica Samurai Swords | Militaria

Delving into the world of Japanese sword collecting is a bit like drinking from a fire hose. There's a lot of information out there and it's difficult to make sense of it all. For a new collector, it's hard to distinguish fakes from the real thing, and it's tricky to learn ...





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