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Katana is a Japanese sword characterized by a curved, single-edged blade with a circular or squared guard and long grip to accommodate two hands. True Katana offered by our site is unparalleled. These Katanas are truly inspired and unique due to the craftsmen always evolve forging processes to create various blades like Damascus steel, clay-tempered T10 high carbon steel and high manganese steel, and so on. Creating handsome display pieces for your home and office, it is also the best gift for your families and friends.

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Handmade Japanese Katana Sword With Black Scabbard
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Handmade Japanese Katana Sword 1045 Carbon Steel
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Handmade Japanese Sword With Blue Lightning Blade
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Handmade Real Japanese Katana Sword With Red Scabbard
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Jarrod Grano Washington, United States
Oct 01, 2022 13:35

Bought it as a gift for my little brother. Wanted to wait a couple weeks so I could get some solid feedback on it from him.

With that being said, he absolutely loves it. He has been into swords for years, and wanted to get a real sword, not some Chinese stuff. He knows all the "nerdy" stuff, such as blades construction, and he can 100% say this is as real as they get. It comes very sharp as well, which is nice because it's "battle ready"
The word some pre oiled in a plastic film. They are packed neatly, and 100% protected. My only complaint is that it came in a box with the company name in big letters. I live in a pretty bad area, so to come home and see that box, that tells exactly what's inside was kinda infuriating. I'm not well off by anymeans, so $200 is a lot of money.

Other than that, customer service is great, they get back to you within hours. Very professional and easy to deal with.

Use their discounts that they always send via email, and check the site frequently. There are insane deals on here even before factor in their sometimes 20-40% off.

I'll definitely be buying Truekatana again.

Handmade Shirasaya Wakizashi Sword T10 Carbon Steel Without Tsuba Handmade Shirasaya Wakizashi Sword T10 Carbon Steel Without Tsuba
Hammond Florida, United States
Sep 29, 2022 15:55

Perfect replica and a fantastic looking sword. Would definitely order from here again and recommend to all my friends.

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Jaren Thomas Lee Kentucky, United States
Sep 24, 2022 06:03

I am very pleased with the quality of this bokken. One thing to note is that the blue is not as bright as the picture shows. When you look at the photos you would assume it will be royal blue, but in person it is actually closer to navy blue. This however wasn't a negative for me as I actually preferred the muter colors because they blended together better and in all honestly this is keeping true to the Japanese culture of not standing out. The designs on the tsuba are just as elegant as the picture and the wooden blade is prettier than the images depict it. It was well worth it. Definitely would recommend this store/website.

Handmade Japanese Wooden Katana Sword With Brown Blade And Black Scabbard Handmade Japanese Wooden Katana Sword With Brown Blade And Black Scabbard
Leaiyna Cine Florida, United States
Sep 15, 2022 18:07

Love it! Very good quality, I will definitely order from here again.

Handmade Japanese Katana Sword 1060 Carbon Steel With Blue Blade And Scabbard Handmade Japanese Katana Sword 1060 Carbon Steel With Blue Blade And Scabbard
Tom Higgins Texas, United States
Sep 12, 2022 08:36

I'm confused as to whether the swords are real or not. The website says they are. The literature that comes with the sword indicates they are replicas for display purposes only. Which is more accurate?

Thank you.

Handmade Japanese Pocket Tanto Knife Damascus Steel Handmade Japanese Pocket Tanto Knife Damascus Steel
Thomas Woroby , Canada
Aug 18, 2022 08:19

Very pleased with the Tanto; the Fitment and workmanship is excellent!
There are only minor 2 niggles...
There several small black spots on the silver tsuba (possibly paint , as
I could not feel an edge to the dots, which I would have felt if the plating was failing).
the second niggle...it is kinda sharp, but should have been sharper...
Minor, in my opinion...The Hamon is beautiful, The blade is well polished, and
the overall feel and balance is very good...
Will purchase from TrueKatana again.

Tom

Handmade Japanese Short Tanto Sword T10 Carbon Steel Real Hamon With White Scabbard Handmade Japanese Short Tanto Sword T10 Carbon Steel Real Hamon With White Scabbard
David Lee Wright Jr West Virginia, United States
Aug 10, 2022 14:17

Love the sword it came as advertised looks great and is really sharp this is my second sword and I will be ordering more.

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Dequan Mason California, United States
Aug 10, 2022 13:30

I really love my Katana ❤️❤️❤️
Great craftsmanship!!!!

Handmade Japanese Katana Sword With Golden Blade And Leopard Tsuba Handmade Japanese Katana Sword With Golden Blade And Leopard Tsuba
Parker Brian Utah, United States
Jun 24, 2022 13:09

Love this sword it’s really nice but it could be sharper considering they said it was battle ready but it’s not sharper than most my knives. But overall I love it and I’m really happy with my purchase. These blacksmiths really know what they are doing

Handmade Chokuto Ninjato Sword High Manganese Steel With Black Leather Scabbard Handmade Chokuto Ninjato Sword High Manganese Steel With Black Leather Scabbard
Jason Franke Colorado, United States
Jun 22, 2022 13:54

Good blade. Good weight, good edge, not a bad sword all in all. I'm getting the white one next...

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Types of samurai swords

Types of samurai swords

An ancient elite class of men, the chosen few, only the best of the best had the honor to be called Samurai in medieval Japan. They made up the ruling class of the military and later rose to be the highest class in the Japanese hierarchy. These Samurai warriors were equipped with a range of weapons such as spears and guns, and bows and arrows, but their main weapon and symbol was the sword. There are five main streams of the samurai sword, namely Katana, Wakizashi, Tanto, Nodachi, Tachi, Chokuto, Kodachi, Odachi, Uchigatana swords. 


Katana

The most iconic and well-known of all the Samurai swords; the katana is distinguished by its long blade and handle that is made to accommodate two hands and strike from a large distance. It has a curved, slender, single-edged blade with a circular or squared guard. The Katana has a set of dimensions that separate it from other samurai swords. A traditional katana will measure 3 to 4 feet in total length, with the hilt taking up one-fourth of the total and a characteristic curvature of more or less than 1 inch. 


Wakizashi

The wakizashi is similar to the katana but shorter in length. The average Wakizashi is about 50 cm long and was usually worn together with the katana by the Samurai of feudal Japan. When worn together the pair of swords was called daishō, which translates to “large and small”. This sword acted like a side weapon and was worn by the Samurai at all times. 


Tanto

The Tanto, although not technically qualifying in the category of swords, is the traditional Japanese dagger. It can have a single or double edge. It acts like a Wakizashi and is worn at all times. The main purpose of a tanto is to be used as a stabbing instrument but having a pretty sharp edge, it can be used to slice and cut. The Tanto has become more ornate over the years and towards the end of the Samurai era, they were mostly used as decorative pieces, and still are mostly used in decorations to this date. 


Tachi

The sword is the predecessor to the Katana; the tachi is a japanese sword that is more curved and longer than a katana. Has an average length of 75 cm. It was primarily made for Samurais on horseback where they needed more length and curvature to effectively charge foot soldiers. 


Odachi

ōdachi ("big big sword")/Nodachi ("big field sword"): Very large tachi, some in excess of 100 cm, and usually a blade of the late 14th century.


Nodachi

Nodachi approximately translates to “field sword” or “great sword”. They are larger and longer than a typical katana. They were typically used as weapons for foot soldiers and were effective against cavalry and open field encounters. They are not very effective in close range or constricted space.


Kodachi

A shorter version of the tachi, but with similar mounts and intended use, mostly found in the 13th century or earlier.


Chokutō

A straight single edged sword that was produced prior to the 10th century, and without differential hardening or folding.


Uchigatana

A development from the tachi in the 15th century. Worn with the edge upwards in the obi.


While all of these are types of bladed weapons used by the noble Japanese warriors, each and every one has its unique characteristics and uses. It would be unfair to ignore all the different types of swords, just to popularize one over the others. A wider approach is needed to recognize the skill and genius of the Japanese Samurai and craftsman.


Katana Size

  • Overall Length: 41 in
  • Blade Length: 28 in
  • Handle Length: 10 in
  • Scabbard Handle: 30 in
  • Blade Width: 1.27 in
  • Blade Thickness: 0.27 in
  • Weight: 2.45 lb


Katana Parts (Structure)

What are the parts of the Katana?


The Handle and Scabbard


  • Kashira: The Kashira is the very end bit of the sword, basically the butt cap. You might think of it as a money jar ‘KASHira’. Pronounced: Ka-shee-ra.


  • Menuki: This part of the sword is ornamental and can depict almost anything. You can get dragons, sunsets, or really whatever strikes your fancy. They will most often be related to the theme of the sword. To help you remember, think about how many parts there are to the sword. It would be a lot easier if there were a MENU to help remember them all. Pronounced: Meh-noo-ki.


  • Tsuba: This one’s easy: it's the hand guard. This can be themed, decorated, or plain, depending on the style of the sword. Pronounced: Sue-bah.


  • Seppa: The spacers on the sword. If you were a samurai, you might commit SEPPuku by thrusting the sword into yourself, all the way up to the Seppa. Pronounced: Sep-pa (a long double 'p').


  • Saya: The next one is the Saya or also called Scabbard. This part is used to protect the blade while dormant, or when not being in use. It helps avoid unnecessary injuries from handling the Katana.


  • Kurigata: The cord is tied around this knob. Traditionally, it would be made from buffalo horn. There are no clever ways to remember this, you’re going to have to rely on brain power alone. Pronounced: Kooh-Reeh-Gah-Tah.


  • Koiguchi: The koiguchi makes up the mouth of scabbard. I like to think of a Koi carp opening it’s mouth for food. Pronounced: Koy-Goo-Chee.


  • Sageo: The sageo is the cord found on samurai swords. Only the very best sword SAGE can work out the OH-so-difficult knot used to tie the cord. Pronounced: Sa-Geh-Oh.


Moving Up the Sword


  • Ito: The Ito is the handle wrap and holds it together. IT’s OH so hard to wrap properly. Pronounced: Eee-To.


  • Fuchi: The next is the Fuchi, which is basically the metal sleeve that keeps the Tsuka locked together.


  • Samegawa: The third is the Samekawa, which is another form of hilt wrapping, sitting under the Tsukaito. Stringray skin and shark skin are the most common skins used in the early times. Now, synthetic materials can be used as a replacement.


  • Mekugi: The fifth part is the Mekugi, which are small pegs created from bamboo. They affix the sword’s Tang in place underneath the handle.It may not look like it, but the Mekugi are actually important. They are durable and flexible so that the sword could remain intact when taking impact.


  • Ha: The blade of the Katana. Laugh at your friends as they attempt to remember all the parts of the Samurai Sword. HaHaHa. Pronounced: Ha.


  • Habaki: Another part is the Habaki, which is the metal collar located at the base of the blade’s sword. Its purpose is to increase stability and keep all parts balanced and tight.


  • Munemachi: The collar notch. Can be used for measuring the length of the blade, starting from the notch all the way to the tip. Pronounced: Moo-Neh-Mah-Chee.


  • Bo-Hi: Used to lighten the sword, but sometimes called the blood groove. Pronounced: Boh-Hee.


The Blade


  • Nakago: The tang of the blade. You should not oil this part of the blade. With time it’ll get a black protective patina. Pronounced: Nah-Kah-Goh.


  • Sori: The curvature of the samurai sword. Soh-ree, your sword has been bent… Pronounced: Soh-Ree.


  • Nagasa: The length of the blade. Pronounced: Nah-Gah-Sah.


  • Hamon: The famous hardened edge of the samurai sword. Pronounced: Har-Mon


  • Boshi: The tip Hamon. Pronounced: Boh-Shee


  • Kissaki: The very tip of the blade. Pronounced: Kiss-Sah-Ki


In today’s time, of course, the process of creating a functional katana has improved and technologically-abled. But according to some who have insights and experienced the traditional Katana, the blades produced during the Edo period will always be priceless.


The process, the intimacy and the passion between the Swordsmith and its sword, will never be replaceable. This is what makes the katana so special.

Katana Parts (Structure)

FAQs

A katana is a japanese sword characterized by a curved, single-edged blade with a circular or squared guard and long grip to accommodate two hands. 


The katana is generally defined as the standard-sized, moderately curved Japanese sword with a blade length greater than 23.86 inches. It is characterized by its distinctive appearance: a curved, slender, single-edged blade with a circular or squared guard and long grip to accommodate two hands.


Western historians have said that the katana was among the finest cutting weapons in world military history. 

Having a regular cleaning routine in place is key to maintaining your katana. 


You can purchase a traditional sword cleaning kit that will have everything you need. There are three steps: removing oil, polishing the blade, and oiling the blade. 


Using a sheet of rice paper from the kit or soft cotton cloth, remove any oil that is still on the blade from the previous maintenance. Take the powder ball and tap it lightly against the blade about every two inches or so along its length. Take a fresh piece of rice paper and rub the powder over the blade to polish it. Do this until both sides of the blade have been polished and the powder completely removed. Take the bottle of oil and apply a few drops along the length of the blade on each side. Use a fresh piece of rice paper to spread the oil evenly on the blade.

The most iconic and well known of all the Samurai swords; the katana is distinguished by its long blade and handle that is made to accommodate two hands and strike from a large distance. It has a curved, slender, single-edged blade with a circular or squared guard. The katana has a set of dimensions that separate it from other samurai swords. A traditional katana will measure 3 to 4 feet in total length, with the hilt taking up one-fourth of the total and a characteristic curvature of more or less than 1 inch. 

A full tang katana is the sword where the tang extends to almost the whole length of the handle, which makes the blade and the handle the same piece of metal. This gives to the sword certain rigidity and makes it a very solid piece to enjoy.


Full Tang katanas are handmade swords. They can be made of various stainless-steel types according to the Carbon Concentration. The forging is the essential part of the production because it allows the samurai sword to be solid and relatively light. Commonly, the piece of metal is repeatedly heated by fire and hammered while the metal is being folded. The mounting of the different parts is a very delicate operation that has its origins deep in the Japanese civilization. Samurai are used to cherish their Katanas as their trusted partners, and they handle them with love and care. 

Clay tempered katana are swords made according to a particular process of blade reinforcement. During the forging, there are steps to go through involving several steps and some compounds mixture, used by the entire swords forger, yet each has its own formula. The compound mixture is none but Clay recipe that each forger has a secret ingredients list. Clay tempering is supposed to be an art more than a sword works. Clay tempered katanas are said to be more resistant and durable. Clay treatment must be operated by professionals to be efficient. Also, each steel type is supposed to be responsive to different clay compositions. 


Traditionally, Carbon Steel is obtained by firing up a particular type of charcoal within a Clay Tub for approximately 72 hours. Iron powder should be added at determined amounts to associate appropriate quantity of Carbon. At the end, the obtained Steel is Stainless; its solidity depends on the amount of Carbon that associates to Iron. The steel obtained is referred to by four digits number which designates Carbon by the two first digits and the percentage of Carbon within the steel. Thus, 1045 Carbon steel refers to Carbon steel material that contains 0.45% Carbon fraction. It is called Medium Carbon Steel as well because that carbon concentration is the minimal required for the Steel to be used for industrial purposes; there are lower concentrations of carbon, but the materials are not suited for industrial use. 1045 Carbon Steel is suited for making katanas because it is cheaper than the other materials used for this industry. It is softer and easily forged. The proper application of the hardening techniques and the Clay treatment, certainly produce amazing steel that can be forged in real pieces of arts.


1060 Carbon Steel is a high carbon steel. The number 1060 refers to a material made of an alloy of Iron with a Carbon tenor of about 0.60%. Other elements can be found mixed to this alloy, but their tenors are not very significant. 1060 Carbon Steel Is harder than 1045 Carbon Steel; this property makes this steel harder to forge. The high Caron tenor makes the 1060 Steel more durable, but it is not high enough to compromise its pliability. The swords made of 1060 Carbon Steel keep their edges sharp longer and they are more expensive. It is the favorite steel material of famous swords companies.


1060 Carbon Steel katanas inherit the durability and the hardness of the steel material. 1060 Carbon Steel Katanas require more effort to produce. The edge is durable, and the sharpness lasts longer. It is more resistant to corrosion and oxidation and therefore requires less maintenance processing than the 1045 Katanas. Though, it is very important to clean the blade and polish it after every extensive use to ensure the durability and the sharpness, and to keep the edge healthy. 1060 Carbon Steel Katanas are expected to be heavier than those made of 1045 Carbon Steel, because of the steel properties. These Katanas create curves while being forged. This is the property of high and medium Carbon Steels: they keep a certain softness which makes them to develop ideal curves  during the clay tempering processes and folding operation. The differential hardening and the folding operations, which are meant to harden the blade can increase the weight of the piece; this situation is handled by an aesthetically implanted blood groove that help eliminate the extra weight but keep the resulting spine from the differential Clay Tempering process.


1060 Carbon Steel Katanas have the medium rank between 1045 and 1095 Carbon Steel Katanas. It appears that they are appreciated for their durability, their hardness and for their affordable price if compared to properties. The easiness of forging reduces dramatically the price of the 11060 swords and makes them very popular.


1060 carbon steel katana is customizable from the forging to the mounting processes. You can chose the Hamon type, the sharpness of the edge, the hardening type and even the forging process. 1060 Carbon steel is hard steel but it is susceptible to hand forging, special press mechanical devices and to milling by dedicated machinery. Opting for 1060 Carbon Steel material is to choose low price material that can be forged into resistant and valuable pieces.

1095 Carbon steel is carbon steel that contains 0.95% of Carbon. Actually, it is called very high carbon steel. This carbon percentage results in hard steel, which is hardly forged by hands. The heat treatment must be conducted delicately because the carbon tends to leak at a certain temperature and if improperly heat treated.


?Heat treatment is to be operated very carefully because it is a delicate operation: improper treatment can result in loss of the carbon fraction and therefore the non-obtaining of the martensite, which can result in the loss of the whole material. The 1095 Carbon Steel comes to be softer than the Stainless Steel, yet it is easier to handle, durable, and more resistant. But among the Carbon Steels, 1095 is the hardest and perhaps the best choice for making swords intended to last longer while being roughly and frequently used.


The Carbon element makes the obtained steel relatively resistant to oxidation even if it has no chromium to be considered stainless. Although, the acquired durability which excels the durability of the Stainless Steel, makes Carbon Steel more preferred for making Swords.


1095 carbon steel katana inherits the hardness and the toughness of the Carbon Steel material. The Swords are intended to regular use and very frequent Dojo cuts. For outdoor displays and shows, 1095 Carbon Steel katanas are more suitable than the 1060 and 1045 Carbon steel Katanas; the last one is already preferred when it is about decorative use. The hardness of the Steel makes the forging process into sword a tough operation and increases the price value of the resulting piece, if handmade. This characteristic induces excellent durability for the 1095 Carbon steel Swords. The durability and the Edge Sharpness are reinforced by the Differential hardening process. It is important to notice that Clay tempered 1095 carbon steel katana are resistant to corrosion and are more resistant to oxidation; they are perhaps stainless. These swords are easier to sharpen and they do not need to have a thick layer of what the swordsmen call 'meat'; the edge keep its sharpness for long time.


The hardness of the 1095 Carbon Steel katana is inherited from the Steel material used for the forgery. Actually, forging Katanas fusing 1095 Carbon Steel appears to be harder than forging swords from others Carbon Steel types. Thus, the price of a 1095 Carbon Steel Katana tends to be higher.


Although 1095 Katanas are tougher than the others Carbon steel Swords they are still susceptible to abrasion and to corrosion if they are not properly cleaned and carefully maintained. Thus, applying cleaning process and using the recommended oil and tools to proceed may augments the durability of the edges and keep the 1095 Carbon Steel katanas properties for long time.


The toughness of the blade, which allows it to be the favorite choice for frequent functional use, may require particular pieces to mount on the blade to form the final Katana. Already, the Carbon steel type has imposed the forging process.


1095 Carbon Steel Katana are full tang katanas because of the hardness of the material and its resistance to shocks which require a tough handle mounted on a tang that is solid enough. Differential Clay Tempering results in a hardening the edge and keeping the spine softer, this operation may increase the durability of the edge and enhances the resistance to corrosion, therefore the edge will support the frequent dojo cut and outdoor display.