Decorative katanas that are replicas of those used by the samurai.
A decorative katana is an ornament and, despite its imposing appearance, is not a weapon suitable for training. Your place is on a stand above the fireplace in your living room, in your room or in the office. They are swords with unbalanced blades (unbalanced), with a welded handle, forged in stainless steel or another alloy unsuitable for real combat.
Decorative katanas, because they are not forged like the real ones (nor in tamahagane steel more expensive than gold), are very beautiful objects at affordable prices.
DECORATIONS IN THE DECORATIVE KATANAS
Some parts of the decorative katanas that stand out for their decoration are the following:
Tsuba Iron disk that acts as guard of the handle for the protection of the hand. It differs from the great cross-shaped arriaces of the western swords, among other reasons, because the katana is a cutting weapon. It is one of the main ornaments of the sword.
There are different types of tsuba, materials, methods and craft schools. They depend on the time, the province of origin and the master forjador. Decorative katanas, depending on the model you choose, can be provided with several different tsubas to change your style.
Tsuka The handle of the sword. Traditionally it was made with wood covered with leather, stripe or shark skin. The Tsuka-ito is the rope or braided weave on the handle. From silk or cotton yarn, a good way to recognize a quality katana is to check if the braid is firm and the diamond pattern is regular.
Menuki Set of ornamental metal pieces of the tsuka. They are positioned in a way that improves grip. You can confirm if a decorative katana is of quality if the menuki are oriented correctly. When the menuki represent animal figures, the head (or body if the head is turned) will point towards the leaf. If they are representations of plants, the roots are those that will point towards the leaf.
Skirt. It is about the katana sheath. It is made of lacquered wood, decorated with various reasons, and has a cord to attach it to the obi or belt. There is also the white sheath, or shirasaya, which is an unfinished wooden sheath that was traditionally used to store the katana for long periods of time when it was not used. Some samurai used the shirasaya as a customary sheath.