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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.


Takeda Shingen Katana
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Takeda Shingen Katana

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

A legend of many names, the Tiger of Kai, Shinano no Kami, and competitor for power to Tokugawa Ieysau , Oda Nobunaga an...

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Price: $463.99 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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WarFire Katana
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WarFire Katana

By: Dragon King

The scouts have reported, the civilians are behind the walls as dust stirs on the horizon: war is at your doorstep.

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Price: $439.99 USD

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Oda Nobunaga Katana
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Oda Nobunaga Katana

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

Of the legends of feudal Japan, the name Oda Nobunaga needs little introduction.

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Price: $839.99 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: $439.99 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: $773.99 USD

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Tatsumaki Katana
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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.

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Price: $1107.99 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: $773.99 USD

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Hana Katana
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Hana Katana

By: Dragon King

A simple design may be associated by some as a lack of sophistication but such is not the case with the Hana Katana from...

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Price: $403.99 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: $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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Practical Iaito Katana
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Practical Iaito Katana

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

The Practical Iaito Katana provides an economical yet authentic sword for the Iaido practitioner.

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Price: $329.99 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 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: $131.99 USD

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Practical Plus Katana
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Practical Plus Katana

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

In an effort to provide a katana that will perform well in the rigors of daily cutting practice required by many martial...

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Price: $431.99 USD

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Practical Wakizashi
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Practical Wakizashi

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

The ever-popular Practical Wakizashi from Paul Chen give the martial artist the opportunity to own and use a Hanwei swor...

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Price: $246.99 USD

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Ocean Tanto
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Ocean Tanto

By: Citadel

Citadel's swords and tanto are completely hand-made one off customs made entirely in their small shop in Phnom Penh, Cam...

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Price: $999.00 USD

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Lotus Citadel Katana
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Lotus Citadel Katana

By: Citadel

The Lotus is made in the same manner as the more costly Ocean and Bamboo Citadel katana but with a focus on cutting prac...

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Price: $2199.00 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 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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