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I have updated info on several of the swords on the page. I have also added the anatomy page, which lists the various parts of the sword. check it out!
Update: After having studied a great deal on the subject, I have corrected some information on this page and added more details and facts. As always, corrections and criticisms are welcome. If you find a mistake, please email me.
NEW!!!Classic Katana video
This classic video clip shows a traditional sword exercise. Unfortunately, I do not know the names or titles of the men in the film.
Welcome to Dan's samurai swords page. The information
available on this page applies to the various swords and other weapons
which were used in the feudal age of Japan. Use the links on the left
to learn about different weapons used in the feudal age. If there is
anything you'd like to know that is not covered on this site, feel
free to email me.
A Brief History of The Feudal Age
Japan's feudal age began back in the 13th century, and while historians
would debate that the feudal system existed before then, there are few
historical records of Japan before then. The orignal Samurai were
mounted archers who would call out a challenge before attacking. Over
the course of several hundred years wars in different areas and several
attacks by Mongolia caused Samurai warfare to evolve into mounted
combat in close quarters, unmounted combat on a massive level, and
The Feudal era began when the family of the emperor, using their bloodline
to claim authority over the land, would start their own regimes all
over Japan. This caused civil war on a massive level, with the different
feudal lords, or Daimyo, fighting to take each other's territory.
The Warring States era took place between the 15th and 16th centuries.
It wasn't until the 16th century that Japan began to unite under the
rule of Shoguns, an authority based upon military discipline. This led
to the Gempei war, which eventually led to the end of shogunal authority
and, eventually, the Meiji Restoration, a period of peace and prosperity.
After the Gempei war period of the 17th century, Japan was almost entirely
united and the Shogunal system of government became obsolete. It was
during this time period that the more common image of the Samurai
as a lone wanderer came into being, and when the sword became the
symbol of the warrior.
Sources and credentials: I have been studying feudal Japan for as long as I can remember and have read various books on the subject of it's weaponry. I am also been a student of Long Island Ninjutsu Centers and a member of the Genbukan World Ninpo Bugei Federation and Kokusai Jujutsu Renmei. I have received lectures on this subject from my teachers, Sensei Joe Bertagni and Renshi Allie Albergio. Since my formal education on the subject is limited, I am always open to receiving corrections or additions to the information provided. Any accurate information used will be credited to it's source. If you live on Long Island or in Bermuda or Costa Rica and would like to arrange a trial lesson, please visit LIninja.com. If you live elsewhere and would like to become a student of the Genbukan World Ninpo Bugei Federation, please visit Genbukan.org and find the dojo nearest you.