Katana or catana is the name of the Japanese saber with a unique and curved edge used by the samurai.
The Japanese Katana is a weapon that has always produced fascination in the observer. It combines perfectly lethality and beauty, hence its value as an art object. While most military weapons are the product of the evolution of work tools or farming implements, swords were forged specifically for war, and often possess a legendary aura.
From the mythical Excalibur to the Spanish Tizona, there are also Japanese swords wrapped in mystery. The most valuable sword in the world is the best forged katana in history, the one called: Honjo Masamune, 700 years old. He has been missing since 1946, when a sergeant of the 7th cavalry (part of the US occupation forces) took her from a Tokyo police station to the weapons depot ... where she never turned herself in.
The advantage of an ornamental katana consists, above all, in the relation between price and aesthetic quality. As it is not going to be used in battle, it does not need to be forged in expensive tamahagane steel (translated: steel jewel). Neither will it take a craft work for months involving several master craftsmen.
The advantage of historical weapons, is the possibility of replicating them, because there are real swords on which to base the copy. If they have been destroyed or lost, there is usually reliable documentation about their appearance. In the case of famous katanas, there are copies of the hamon of the blade (the drawing that forms throughout the forge) to make the most reliable reproductions.
The hamon is unique in each katana, identifies it as a fingerprint and in itself constitutes an artistic expression. It also serves to know the era and the artist who forged it, because its creation has more of alchemy and art than simple smithy.
If you practice some type of Japanese fencing, such as kendo or kenjutsu, you will need to train functional katanas or wooden bokken. Medieval Factory offers a range of swords that will satisfy the demands of practitioners of both martial arts.
You can also add the wakizashi, or middle sword, to the katana; and the tanto, or dagger. The three weapons, together or separately, can be purchased in a set with their base, and are very decorative.