Japanese Katanas, Japanese Swords, Samurai Swords and Samurai Katanas
Few swords have a reputation like the katana. This legendary blade is purported to be one of, if not the finest sword design to ever be made. The claim is slightly dubious, but the fact is that few medieval swords are as intricate in design and construction as the katana. And at Dark Knight Armoury, we carry a number of katana that live up to their legend in both looks and functionality, both. The single most definitive feature of the katana is not the iconic curve, but the construction. Historically, katana were not made from singular pieces of steel, but instead, were made from pieces of steel that were folded, over and over again, until virtually all imperfections were removed. Beyond this, even the construction of the blade could be impressively intricate, featuring layers of hard, medium, and soft steel to create the perfect balance of flex and rigidity, as well as a fine cutting edge that gave the katana is legend. Many of the katana featured here at Dark Knight Armoury are made from more modern steels then the tamahagane of Ancient Japan, and are made using more modern techniques, but many still echo the versatile power and strength that a warrior would expect out of the katana. We offer a number of different swords for the modern samurai to choose from, ranging from more stylized pieces that incorporate elements of fantasy and fiction, to more traditional pieces that echo the values and style of an ancient world. Some are designed with use in mind, featuring blades that are made for cutting, while others, fully functional, feature an appealing look that makes them equally suited for display. To the samurai, the katana was very much a living part of their being - often romanticized as the soul of the samurai. So if you see yourself as a samurai in the modern day, consider this the chance to find yourself, and your soul, by browsing through Dark Knight Armourys selection of fine Japanese swords. And even if you are no samurai, you can still take the time to appreciate the form and effectiveness of our functional oriental katana.