Weapon lovers all over the world know all about the Japanese katana. Literally translated as sword, this weapon is a symbol that influenced the shaping of Japan as we know it today. Widely used by the samurais in the 15th century, the katana is a long sword that was used in conjunction with other similar weapons. As opposed to its partner weapons, the katana was mainly used in open combat due to its size and cutting power. It was meant to be used with both hands.
Though it was definitely used as a weapon in the past, today, the katana is one of the most prized items many a collector’s treasure horde. An original katana is quite rare and expensive today. Of course, you can find “copies” easily but the original ones are sought after. It is said that there is a secret to creating the katana, which was lost with the last sword master’s death.
[tags]weapons, katana, sword, samurai[/tags]