different designs for Japanese swords
Japanese swords are an example of Japanese swords which have evolved from medieval swords which were originally used in China during the Muromachi era. During this time, Japan was often referred to as Japanesee, meaning Japan the Southern Sea. Muromachi was also a period of war for Japan, and samurai swords were very popular with samurai warriors, being used for cutting meat, especially during rages or tournaments. During this time, a number of different designs for Japanese swords came about, starting from the Katana, which was a small sword that was very popular with the warriors, to the Katana Chimono, which was a longer sword. In the Muromachian period, katana designs evolved into many different styles including those famous swords of today.
One particular technique that came about was the razing of old trees to make them grow back stronger, which was done by Japanese swords forge. This new process was done so that the tree would be able to produce more new swords forged from its wood, and the Japanese swords forge was born. Soon after this, Japan began to heavily participate in world wars one after another, and many new swords were forged in Germany and Italy during this time.
San wa sai
With technology today, and the use of computers for accounting purposes, it is quite easy to find information on the old Japanese samurai swords. While the Japanese had no large scale weapons until the nineteenth century, the use of technology for a great weapon was welcomed by Japan. With this in mind, they soon created the first modern Japanese sword and used it as a replacement for their katana. The new swords were known as San wa sai, which literally means, ‘swords of steel.’
The design for the first Japanese samurai sword was created by a Japanese named Tamane, who is said to be a friend of the first Japanese samurai. Tamane created what is called the ‘Larger Sake’ or the ‘Great Sword’. This design came later in the nineteenth century. The single-edged blade was longer than a typical Japanese sword, and was only two to three inches in length. It was also much heavier than a typical Japanese sword, which would make it impractical for most civilians.
After the Great Shogunate changed the Japanese samurai into a more effective fighting force, they began to use shorter swords. The name for these swords was, ‘Tsuba’, which means, ‘the short sword’. This design was adopted from Chinese weaponry. As a result, the katana became known as the tachi.
Tachi-katana weapons were often mass-produced, as seen with the example of the Japanese samurai swords above. After the end of the century, Japan finally started producing their own cache, as opposed to purchasing them from other countries. This new design is the direct result of changes that occurred in Japan after WW II. These changes, coupled with Japan’s entry into the Second World War, led to the mass-produced katana that we know of today.