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Japanese Swords: Beyond the Katana

Japanese swords are more than just katanas and samurais. Made in a variety of lengths for different tasks, these revered blades have a place of honor in the very foundation of Japan. They remain symbols of strength, poise, beauty, and savage combat.

The styles that Sean McCarthy reviews here are not meant to be an all-inclusive list, but instead review several of the more commonly seen sizes of Japanese swords.

Dating back to circa 700 AD, these single edged, curved swords have been a part of Japanese culture, military conflicts, and craftsmanship for centuries. That history makes fine versions such as these iconic and collectible artifacts of a proud nation.

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