The samurai were a warrior class of Japan, who rose to power and eventual control of 12th-century Japan.
The photos below were taken during the final years of the Samurai and were colourised in order to truly show what it would have been like seeing Samurai walking down the street.
If you’ve received your sword and it’s not as sharp as you’d like, or through endless use it’s lost its edge, then knowing how to correctly sharpen your sword is a must-have skill for any sword collector or enthusiast.
There are three main methods for sharpening a sword which we’re going to look at in this article:
f you’re looking to buy yourself an authentic Katana Samurai Sword, something which has been hand-crafted in Japan (called a Shinken or True Sword), expect to pay £10,000 or more. If you’d rather buy something traditional but made outside of Japan, you’ll likely pay anywhere between $150 and $2000, this would be for a sword that is for all intents and purposes crafted in a traditional manner.
You may be asking yourself, why do swords made in Japan cost so much? What’s the difference between a ‘real’ Japanese Sword and something which is affordable and looks the same and comes from outside Japan?...