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How to Choose a Katana

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The katana is a traditional Japanese sword with a single-edged, curved blade, a circular or square guard, and a long grip. Katanas were developed later than tachi but were still used by samurai during feudal Japan. The blade was held with its edge facing upward. Here are a few tips for choosing a katana. Hopefully, you'll enjoy learning how to use a katana!
Material

The traditional katana sword is made of high-carbon steel, a substance referred to as tamahagane. To make a blade of this material, smelters must shovel 25 tons of iron-bearing river sand into a clay furnace called a tatara. The tamahagane that comes out of the tatara reaches temperatures of approximately 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit. It takes approximately 16 hours to make two tons of tamahagane. Tahigahane is heavy and has a fine crystalline structure. It costs as much as fifty times more than ordinary steel.

While the price of single-grade steel is relatively low, the carbon content of the steel will affect its future hardness. The higher the carbon content, the more metallurgical work and cost will be. In semi-industrial katanas, three nuances and industrial heat treatment are used. The high silicon content of the steel (9260 spring) allows the sword to bounce back from almost a ninety-degree bend.
Shape

The katana's blade is typically round, with a few variations. Some styles, such as the hamon-style, have thick, almost parallel edges, and are known as bizen. Others are straight and flat, and the shape of the blade is often termed tsuka. Several schools developed unique katana styles over time, however, and many of them share a common base shape.

A katana's blade is typically 60 to 75 centimeters long. The katana's sori is more prominent on the older models, which were often used on horseback. The blade's edge is also straight, which gave the katana an advantage in parrying. However, this katana shape quickly lost favor and was replaced by a more curved version. The katana's curved edge was not an easy feat to achieve and was largely neglected until the 20th century.
Forging technique

One of the most important steps in the forging process of a katana is bringing the blade to a soft state. This process can take hours, or days, depending on the type of metal and the size of the blade. Once a blade is soft, the smith can use various techniques to keep it from losing its shape or getting damaged. The first step is to bring the blade to a temperature where it can be easily cooled. Once the temperature has reached the desired temperature, the next step is to apply heat to it.

The blade is forged using different types of steel. Its tip is shaped like a basic blade with curves and bevels. The tip should have two sections, one long and sharp, and the other shorter and thicker. The blade should have a tapered end and a point at its tip. The blade is then polished. The hammering process is also used to sharpen the blade.
Blade shape

The katana blade is one of the most popular weapons in Japanese martial arts. This sword can be easily spotted by its distinctive shape. Historically, swords with very long blades were used in over-the-shoulder draws. The evolution of foot-fighting required a new style of fencing with point thrusts and shorter blades for fast cuts and parries. In this context, the blade shape was further modified, and the strong curvature, originally designed for slicing, was replaced with a lesser curvature, adapted for quick cuts and parries. Thus, the katana form was born, and it remained as the preferred combat style until 1876, when the use of swords was prohibited as a primary weapon.

The Japanese Katana comes in a wide variety of shapes and lengths. The most common shape is the 'Shinogi' katana, which provides speed and cutting power. It also has a distinct yokote separating the main blade from the tip. This type of blade shape was derived from the 'kiriha'-zukuri, which originated in China in the Sui Dynasty. The shape of the blade is influenced by the size, shape, and thickness of the shinogi and the yokote.
Chiisagatana

Often mispronounced as "chisa-gatana," the chiisagatana is a Japanese short sword. It is also referred to as a "merchant's sword." This name is a misnomer because it is a katana, which is a long sword, not a ninja sword. However, collectors often believe these myths, so beware of them if you're looking for an authentic sword.

If you want to use the katana as a primary weapon, you should learn the basics. The katana has a default Blood loss buildup of 45, so a quick, consecutive hit can cause serious damage. This katana is especially dangerous if you're a dex-based class, which usually has a higher base Dexterity. Here are the details:

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