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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.


Kenshin Katana
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Kenshin Katana

The Kenshin Samurai Sword is a starter katana highlighted with the respected Daimyo Uesugi Kenshin theme. This beginners....
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Price: $149.99 $135.05 USD

Purple Samurai Warrior Katana
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Purple Samurai Warrior Katana

The Purple Samurai Warrior Katana is a starter katana adorned with images of the training of the Samurai.

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Price: $129.99 $116.95 USD

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Hand Forged Dragon Katana
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Hand Forged Dragon Katana

This katana is forged for the beginner in a classic dragon samurai theme.

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Price: $229.99 $207.88 USD

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Forged Samurai Tanto
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Forged Samurai Tanto

The tanto was the shortest blade in the Samurai's arsenal during Feudal Japan.

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Price: $92.99 $83.74 USD

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APOC Survival Katana
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APOC Survival Katana

By: APOC

Before the seven seals are torn away.

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Price: $180.99 $170.75 USD

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Frenchie Jin Bamboo Tanto
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Frenchie Jin Bamboo Tanto

By: Dragon King

No doubt, solely conceived in the mind of Frenchie Jin, this exquisite and unassuming conceals more than just a cool pie...

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Price: $268.99 $253.80 USD

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Practical Tanto
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Practical Tanto

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

The Practical Tanto gives the martial artist the opportunity to own and use a Hanwei tanto at the cost of an economy tan...

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Price: $157.99 $149.06 USD

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War Horse Katana
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War Horse Katana

By: Dragon King

The earth trembles and the air thunders as thousands of hoofs strike the ground over the horizon.

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Price: $474.99 $448.21 USD

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Summer Lotus Katana
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Summer Lotus Katana

By: Dragon King

Frenchie Jin, creator of the Seasonal katana series, or as we refer to as "The sword of the seasons" has created a beaut...

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Price: $435.99 $411.43 USD

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Toyotomi Hideyoshi Katana
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Toyotomi Hideyoshi Katana

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

Toyotomi Hideyoshi, born Hiyoshimaru in 1536, rose from peasant status to chief minister of the emperor in 1585 in attem...

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Price: $914.99 $863.46 USD

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Tokugawa Katana
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Tokugawa Katana

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

One of the great unifiers and legends of feudal Japan, Tokugawa Ieyasu, was a master tactician as well as political stra...

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Price: $914.99 $863.46 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: $703.99 $664.31 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: $474.99 $448.21 USD

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Ogami Itto Katana
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Ogami Itto Katana

By: Dragon King

Dragon King Founder, Frenchie Jian, was inspired as a young man by the Lone Wolf and Cub series which sparked his intere...

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Price: $1107.99 $1045.66 USD

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Date Masamune Katana
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Date Masamune Katana

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

The artisans at Hanwei pay homage to the One-Eyed Dragon of Oshu, Date Masamune.

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Price: $544.99 $514.31 USD

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Lotus Seed Katana
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Lotus Seed Katana

By: Dragon King

A beautiful symbol of the circular journey of enlightenment, the lotus seed starts its life in the muck before growing i...

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Price: $896.99 $846.51 USD

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Fletching Katana
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Fletching Katana

By: Dragon King

Until the introduction of firearms, the lethal power of archery revered in Japanese culture holds even to this day.

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Price: $474.99 $448.21 USD

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Savior Katana
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Savior Katana

By: Dragon King

The Savior Katana by Dragon King embodies the power of the Kami throughout the entire motif.

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Price: $835.99 $788.88 USD

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Tenka Fubu Katana
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Tenka Fubu Katana

By: Dragon King

Dragon King pays homage to the renowned military leader, Oda Nobunaga of the Sengoku period in the Tenka Fubu Katana whi...

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Price: $834.99 $787.96 USD

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Kohaku Katana
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Kohaku Katana

By: Dragon King

Dragon King delivers yet again a simple yet most powerful katana motif in the Kohaku Katana.

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Price: $835.99 $788.88 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: $435.99 $411.43 USD

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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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