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Functional Japanese Swords

(Battle Ready) Hand Forged Japanese Samurai Swords

We offer many Practical Functional Japanese Samurai swords produced by several premier forges including Hanwei - Paul Chen & Skyjiro Forge. These battle ready functional Katana are hand forged like original authentic Japanese Samurai swords. Several Katana features are available from differentially tempered , through tempered, forged & folded blades for iaido, kendo, martial artists and collectors alike. These blades available today would have been worthy fighting swords for the Feudal Japanese Samurai.


Tatsumaki Katana

Tatsumaki Katana

By: Dragon King

The clouds gather in the sky as the sun sets golden on the horizon as the birds find their refuge. The roar of the wind ....
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Price: $1107.99 USD

Iga NinjaTo
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Iga Ninja-To

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

The neighboring Kouga and Iga clans of feudal Japan were bitter enemies for centuries and their warring Ninja families h...

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Price: $497.99 USD

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Practical Pro Katana
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Practical Pro Katana

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

The Practical Pro Katana is built as an economical cutting sword for heavy targets, with an extended tsuka and a thicker...

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Price: $448.99 USD

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Baika Tanto
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Baika Tanto

By: Dragon King

From the creative mind of Frenchie Jin, CAS proudly presents the Baika Tanto from the Dragon King forge.

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Price: $659.99 USD

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Winter Sun Katana
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Winter Sun Katana

By: Dragon King

The macaque (Japanese snow monkeys) know survival requires communal support.

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Price: $399.99 USD

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Spring Sakura Katana
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Spring Sakura Katana

By: Dragon King

Japanese history teaches us that there was no greater glory for a samurai warrior to fall in battle in a field of scatte...

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Price: $399.99 USD

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Mokko Renshu Katana
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Mokko Renshu Katana

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

This Mokko Renshu Katana features a through hardened 5160 steel blade in the Shinogi Zukuri style with no groove (hi).

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Price: $351.99 USD

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Dragonfly Katana
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Dragonfly Katana

By: Cold Steel

The classic Japanese battle sword in all its incarnations has been celebrated for centuries, not only for its elegant li...

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Price: $607.99 USD

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Practical Plus Tanto
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Practical Plus Tanto

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

The Practical Plus Tanto gives the martial artist the opportunity to own and use a Hanwei tanto created for the very pop...

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Price: $233.99 USD

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Practical Ninja
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Practical Ninja

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

The Practical Shinobi Ninja-to, whose construction patterns closely that of the Practical Katana, is a wonderful additio...

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Price: $312.99 USD

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Orchid Katana
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Orchid Katana

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

The Orchid Katana is as quick as it is beautiful with a relatively light blade of folded K120C and striking koshirae.

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Price: $1143.99 USD

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Bushido Katana  Folded Series
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Bushido Katana - Folded Series

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

Bushido, or Way of the Warrior, defines the code of conduct an honorable Samurai must follow and the Hanwei Bushido kata...

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Price: $1143.99 USD

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Mukade Katana
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Mukade Katana

By: Bugei

A limited edition of only 10, the Mukade Katana produced by Ron Chen in his forge in Taiwan.

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Price: $4999.99 USD

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Moroha Zukuri  Raptor Katana
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Moroha Zukuri - Raptor Katana

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

Forged in the Kissaki Moro Ha Zukuri style, the blade design of the Moroha Zukuri Katana is based on a Tachi blade belie...

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Price: $395.99 USD

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Shi Shi Tanto
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Shi Shi Tanto

By: Bugei

The Shi Shi Tanto is a great companion piece to the Shi Shi Katana.

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Price: $1099.99 USD

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Peace Wakizashi
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Peace Wakizashi

By: Bugei

The Peace Wakizashi was designed by Keith Larman of Summerchild Polishing as both a companion piece to Bugei's popular P...

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Price: $1199.99 USD

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Old Pine Katana
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Old Pine Katana

By: Bugei

The Old Pine Katana features our tried and tested powdered steel used in all of our sword lines for the last decade.

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Price: $1599.99 USD

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Shi Shi Katana
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Shi Shi Katana

By: Bugei

The Shi Shi dogs, or lion dogs, were believed to be ancient guardians against evil and were often seen in pairs.

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Price: $2099.99 USD

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Dragonfly Koshirae Katana
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Dragonfly Koshirae Katana

By: Bugei

The Dragonfly koshirae katana has a distinctive style, a thinner lighter blade individually hand forged and folded from ...

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Price: $1399.99 USD

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Samurai Wakizashi
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Samurai Wakizashi

By: Bugei

The Bugei Samurai Wakizashi is a great companion piece to the Samurai Katana.

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Price: $999.99 USD

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Samurai Katana
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Samurai Katana

By: Bugei

The Samurai Katana is the strongest and best performing Japanese style blade ever offered at this price.

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Price: $1499.99 USD

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Hanwei - Legends of Japan Samurai Tanto Practical Plus Series Economical Katana Folded Steel Katana Differential Tempered Katana Through Tempered Katana Forged Mono-Steel Katana Dragon King - Swords Of The Seasons Wakizashi

What is a Functional Japanese Sword? (Functional Katana)

A functional Japanese Sword also called the functional katana, is a forged Japanese sword that is not only decorative and collectible but is fully usable for the martial artist. Functional katana are produced by hammering a high carbon steel billet or folded steel billet into shape. After rough shaping of the sword blade occurs, the katana blade is hardened by either through tempering or traditional differential tempering. Through tempering is practiced on katana production but is more common on the functional European sword. The Japanese sword is more likely to have a differential temper so the swords cutting edge is harder while maintaining proper flex with a softer spine.

The functional Japanese sword comes in the full length katana, the mid-length wakizashi sword, as well as the short tanto. The tanto and wakizashi were the blades traditionally used for seppuka or harikiri by a dishonored samurai. Unlike the often larger European styled swords the Japanese katana is recognized by the single edged, curved blade. The Katana blade was often passed down through generations of samurai in a family. Each katana blade is outfitted with different furniture or katana fittings. If the samurai sword was on display or carried in a parade it would likely show off an ornate tsuba (guard), with matching accessories of a particular theme. When the katana was outfitted for battle it would have a simpler, more utilitarian tsuba and perhaps a battle wrapped handle (katate-maki tsuka).

The term “battle ready katana” is popularly used to describe the functional katana and we do use the term on our website as well. We do prefer to use “Functional Japanese sword” over the term “battle ready sword” because we feel it more accurately describes the katana that we offer. Not all swords are dressed for battle and some forms of katana are purposely forged without an edge for the martial art Iaito and would have never been carried by a samurai into battle.

Can I learn how to use a Katana?

Using a katana is a lot of fun but should always be done with safety in mind. The Japanese cutting katana has a finely polished, sharp edge that cuts quite easily through proper sword targets or tatami mats. While learning to cut don't be discouraged if your cuts are not as clean as you would like them to be. The samurai started training at 5 years old to perfect and master the art of the katana. When starting use of the katana you may want to start as the samurai would with a boken or training sword. If you decide to pursue sword cutting you may wish to study and practice tameshigiri through proper instruction. You may also consider the martial art form Iaito through a dojo and learn the intricate steps of practical drawing of the katana as would have been studied by a Japanese samurai. If you want to learn more advanced Japanese sword fighting technique, you may want to practice the sport of kendo. Kendo uses bamboo swords or kendo shinai, and protective samurai armour for samurai sword fighting. Whether you enjoy cutting tatami in your backyard, collect samurai swords that have been seen in hundreds of movies, or seriously practice sword martial arts, you will equally respect what it must have been like to be a samurai warrior heading into battle as you hold your own functional Japanese katana.

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