|Katana, or samurái sword, is a Japanese sword by excellence and it is known as a slightly curved single-edged saber. Currently, it is considered the most perfect and effective hand weapon with which the Japanese fought for long periods of time in Japan.
Nowadays it is known as a primordial element for interior design. Before explaining if these swords can be used for decoration, the story that is behind these majestuous pieces will be explained.
fig. 1 Samurái with a katana
Firstly, the katanas were the most precious belongings of the Japanese warriors due to its seal of distinction. In 1588, its use was so common among samuráis that it was declared as an exclusive privilege for these warrior social classes. The katanas had a symbolic function, which was the ritual of “Hara-Kiri”. This consisted of nailing down the sword from left side to right side and then returning to the centre. It was a ritual by which all samuráis had to kill themselves if they lost a battle.
Due to the ritual, katanas are since then a sacred weapon that represents the moral values of samuráis. As it is now considered a decorative object, as mentioned previously, its process of creation is going to be explained. This mainly consists of four main parts:
fig.2 Sword cap
As it was clearly observed, this process is the same for any kind of katanas. However, decorative katanas differentiate diametrically from martial arts katanas. Therefore, this is the only difference that exists between katanas, as the decorative ones remain on the wished place of the house and they are simply kept there.
Katanas are a combination of three fundamental elements: artistic beauty, solidity, and precision.