- The Aikuchi Katana looks like a regular katana but without a tsuba. 'Aikuchi' is a style of mounting in which the tsuka and the saya meet without a tsuba in between. Originally used on the koshigatana (a precursor to the wakizashi) to facilitate close wearing with armor, it became a fashionable upper-class mounting style for tanto from the Kamakura period onwards. The fuchi-kashira has the "Mitsudomoe" crest which was used by the following notable figures: Maeda Toshiie at the Siege of Suemori in 1584, one used by Kobayakawa Takakage at the Battle of Pyokje, Korea in 1593, and one used by Itakura Shigemasa at Shimabara in 1638. It also has a kogatana (small knife) on the saya.
- From the popular Japanese eroge visual novel game that’s been adapted into manga and anime, Fate/stay night, we present to you Saber’s Caliburn. Caliburn: Golden Sword of the Victorious, is the holy sword that is the symbol of the king pulled from the stone of appointment by King Arthur under the guidance of Merlin. With the words "Whosoe'er pulleth out this sword of this stone is rightwise king born of England" engraved in a golden inscription on its hilt, it became the symbol of England's king of knights once it was pulled from the stone. Machine Made version
- "Rurouni Kenshin: Hitokiri Battousai / Udo Jin-e Katana 1050 Movie Series" In the live action movie Rurouni Kenshin, this was the katana that Kenshin Himura used when he was still known as Hitokiri Battousai. When the war ended, he abandoned this sword and was later picked up by Udo Jin-e which he used all through-out the movie.
- "Rurouni Kenshin: Kenshin Himura's Sakabatou Katana 1050 Movie Series" Sakabatou (Reverse Blade) Katana – is a fictional type of Japanese sword popularized by the anime/manga Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X). The cutting edge on this katana is on the side that curves inward. On a normal katana, the outward curved side of the blade is sharpened, while the inward curved side of the blade is blunt. This version of the Sakabatou was based on the live action movie: Rurouni Kenshin.
We sent Ram Maquimot of Batangas, Philippines a katana to review and perform some cutting test. We sent him our new Tora Katana 1060 Series. We chose Ram to do the tests because of his skills in tameshigiri and he also knows a lot about Japanese style swords since he's an aspiring swordsmith. Near...
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HISTORICAL CLASSIFICATION OF WAKIZASHI AND THE TAXONOMY OF NIHON-TO BASED ON THEIR BLADE LENGTH AND FUNCTIONS/PURPOSES.* S. Alexander Takeuchi, Ph.D. Department of Sociology University of North Alabama January 24, 2004 I. The Semantics of Wakizashi in Historical Context: The...