The Katana: A Closer Look At The Iconic Japanese Weapon

If someone asked you to close your eyes and picture a Japanese warrior, the first image that would appear for many people is that of a robed or armored samurai holding a katana.

Frankly, there is no other weapon that is so singularly attached to a culture or way of life than the Japanese katana. This weapon dates back to ancient feudal Japan and was carried by Samurai soldiers. The sword as a weapon is one of the most basic inventions of mankind, but in the right hands the creation of a proper katana is a complex process that results in a piece of art that could slice a man in twain.


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