The Japanese sword is probably the most perfect cold weapon ever produced by mankind. With few exceptions, it is curved and single-edged. Japanese sword was perfected during the Heian Period (794-1185) and continued to be the indispensable weapon of samurai, the “warrior class” of feudal Japan - and symbol of their spirit - until the end of the nineteenth century.
By convention, Japanese swords are divided into four types accordingly to their length, but nomenclature has changed over the centuries and one should also remember that “katana” is the general term for Japanese “sword”.
The following samurai swords are currently for sale: