An Overview Of Japanese Blades
The history of Japanese swords can be traced back to the year 900 A.D. Ever since the ancient times, the Japanese considered the sword as a main weapon used by warriors in the battlefield. During those times, and even up to the present, swords presented a hierarchy of power. The more intricate the sword is, the higher the rank of a person owning the sword was.
Japan has experienced tumultuous civil wars which then led to the widespread practice of martial arts in the country, particularly during the Kamakura period. Because of this, martial arts was given utmost significance in the Japanese peninsula, especially by the Royal and elite families. The art of war had become a major practice in Japan since then until this very day.
Japanese royal families were deeply threatened by the series of war that took place in the country and they felt the need to strengthen their defense. The sword has become important weaponry in the history of Japan after bow and arrows were considered to be weak artillery. Swords have distinct physical attributes which make it better than bows and arrows.
Japanese warriors, during the prehistoric times use a variety of Japanese swords, and this is still very evident today. Each type of sword has a specific function and significance to its owner. There are long swords and short swords which are meant to fit various physical features of the owner of the sword.