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Japanese katana. Japanese katana history, info and katana parts. Traditional Japanese katana swords.
Japanese katana is a famous sword, well known for its sharpness and cutting ability. Katana is associated with feudal Japan, samurais and bushido codex.
Katana sword evolved as a more sleek and compact alternative to the tachi. Its origins go at least as far back as the Kamakura Period, with several blades dated from that time residing in various national repositories.
Its growth in popularity is believed to have been due to the changing nature of close-combat warfare. The quicker draw of the sword was well suited to combat where victory depended heavily on fast response times. The katana further facilitated this by being worn thrust through a belt-like sash (obi) with the bladed edge facing upwards. Ideally, samurai could draw the sword and strike down the enemy in a single motion.
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