Fantastic article with detailed description and history of the Katana. My only knowledge prior to this was in the video games I play. It was always one of my favorite weapons to use in games like Ultima Online.

They almost seem to have a religious significance which I love. It's a shame they no longer hold the symbolic value they once did but I think there's a history there that can never be erased.

I couldn't believe shark skin was used! I guess it makes sense given the geographical location of Japan but still, it is quite the process from beginning to end. One of the things I love about the Japanese is their dedication to a craft. This guy spent 30 years trying to craft the perfect Katana. How amazing is that?

Thank you for sharing. This was a very interesting and educational post that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Cheers!

Thank you :)

Great article, @kocinka. Very interesting information about the katana. I would only suggest you add the prices in $, too... because not many people know how much a Yen is in $ or €. :-P

Thanks for sharing.

Good point @trincowski :) I must add this information, thank you :)

You're welcome. Keep up with the good work. :-)

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Hey @kocinka, I think it is both a weapon and a work of art :) Swords are beautiful and represents a deep part of the Japanese culture. I love watching Samurai movies such as the Last Samurai. Thank you for sharing with us the history and culture and the makes of a sword. I would never have known that it takes 15 cycles of folding, heating and forming of the blade and that it has a thickness of 15,000 layers. No wonder it is so strong and durable. And I also know that Japanese knives are much sought after too for its similar strength and characteristics. I am always amazed and intrigued by Japanese culture :)

Yes, Japanese culture is very interesting that's why I try to tell something about it :)

:) Interesting and kawaii! Sometimes I wish I have the money to buy everything in their souvenir shops :D Happy weekend to you @kocinka!

An excellent article about the Japanese sword. It is true as you said, it is both a weapon and also a work of art.
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Thank you :) I always try to make my another article better than the previous one but I know that I still have a lot to improve ;)

Swords have held an important part of the Japanese culture since ancient times, it's nice to see how they still treasure that part of their culture even now. I love seeing how they adore these swords in movies...

Its amazing the labour that goes into creating just one sword, it definitely isn't something just anyone can handle but well, these guys put in their all into making it...

For me, it will be more of a piece of art than a weapon. I live the designs on the Katana, are the designs suppose to be the same all the time?

Designs on Katana can be very different, swords are usually personalized and for example there may be family crest on katana :)

Ooh.. That is incredible. Now, i want to get a Katana. Thing is i don't have a family crest🙃 lol

It's amazing how culture, which is nothing more than repeating something constantly over time has become perfection with the manufacture of the catana for hundreds of years.

I like the detailed way in which you put the data, a mixture of deities, war and art.

I have always admired the melting of metals in asia, it proves again and again that it was they who taught the Europeans how to make iron and steel.

The way to elaborate so complicated gives him exactly that category of work of art beyond the uses that can continue giving it is a jewel of Japanese ancestral craftsmanship.

Thank you for sharing countless facts about this fabulous sword.

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Thank you :)

It's both ! I think :D

Very good article :) Nicely researched, and I like the pictures that you use :)

Katana has always been a weapon but today I think it is more a piece of art, but of course you can still kill someone with that ;) thank you :)

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Katanas, for me they are a work of art that is used as a weapon, the demonstrations of their use that you shared are exceptional. I love knives but I only have one collection of small knives and six cutters that I use to cut anime and cardboard. Thanks for sharing

Very interesting article...

When I was young, samurai films were a bit famous in our country which made me thought that samurai is the sword. I did not know the correct terminology until I was a teen when a friend clarified it during a casual conversation. Still back in my younger days, I have been thinking of finding a pair of katana which I wished to display as X on my wall someday. I still think of that from time to time until few minutes ago with...

A sword of artistic value can be bought for about one million yen.

Whoah! Hahaha! I did not realize it is that expensive. How much more that I wanted a pair? 😂

... Haraikawakagura. It's a holy dance with Japanese swords.

The dancers must be very good and well trained to dance with such a dangerous weapon. 😲

Thank you for sharing your well-researched write-up here. It is indeed a very interesting to learn different cultures from different countries.

Thank you for such interesting post about the Japanese swords and the beautiful variety of their types with decorations of handles. I watched recently a documentary about the sharpest knives and of course it was a Japanese knife as well as Katana presented too, they showed how the process of creating goes on and still there are few masters whose work costs a fortune, but it is like in movies, they show how just the fallen feather was cut into two once it was landed on the sharp edge of the knife. Very educating post and it is obvious you made a research before putting the information together :)

Hah you totally made me think of this vid

Also, the book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi. It's a martial arts bible, I'm sure you've heard of it already, right?

Man I can totally imagine how proud would I be if I owned a katana which is heated and molded 3 days..and then again re-heated etc etc.

I love how much details you shared about katana. I've been always fascinated by these Japanese swords but I have never learned anything about them. Now, you told me about the history, their use and how they are made and I feel like WOW, 15000 layers? Incredible!

So many details! There is such a long history of using katana and so many interesting details. Your post is very educational.

Thank you for sharing and have a nice day!

Howdy from Texas kocinka! This is such an amazing post. To read the history and significance of the Katana in cultural, art and warrior senses is amazing and to know that there are still master sword makers still making them in Japan is inspiring.

This is a tremendous post and so educational, great job! I have to ask if you do posts on ancient weapons or is this an unusual one for you?

Thank you @janton, usually I don't write about weapons but this is Japanese weapon so it's interesting for me ;)

howdy today kocinka! Well it was a wonderful and educational post so keep up the good work!

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