Handmade Ceremonial Tachi Sword
The tachi sword is the predecessor to the katana. While both types of samurai swords boast sharp blades, traditional tachi swords differ from katanas in their length, shape, and and how they are carried. Typically longer than katanas, tachis have a deeper curvature. Unlike the katana, which was worn cutting edge up, the tachi sword was worn suspended with the cutting edge down. Although the katana eventually became the long sword of choice among samurai, high ranking samurai of the Muromachi period still wore tachi swords. Under the Tokugawa Shogunate of the Edo period, tachi swords were enacted as ceremonial swords for official samurai. Even in more modern times, Japanese swords have been used as symbols of rank. In World War II, imperial gunto swords were carried by military officers, where they served as both badges of office as well as effective weapons.
The design of this tachi sword incorporates elements from both the samurai culture and military history of Japan. The 11 inch long tsuka (handle) is wrapped with real white ray skin, the rough texture keeping the tsuka-ito (handle wrappings) in place. The synthetic silk handle wrappings have a refined brown color, similar to the color of a Japanese WWII sword. Beneath the diamond pattern of the tsukamaki style wrapping are the silver colored menuki (handle ornaments). During imperial Japan, the menuki of ceremonial military swords featured three cherry blossoms, symbolizing service to the emperor. Representing the transience of life, cherry blossoms held significance for samurai warriors as well. Blooming in glory on the battlefield but dying in service, samurai's life was compared to a cherry blossom. Much like the menuki of Japanese military swords, the menuki of this tachi is a set of three flowers, a powerful symbolic detail on this traditional katana.
This ceremonial military style katana also has sword mountings that resemble the mountings of Japanese imperial swords. Each piece of the koshirae (sword mountings) has an elegant design with a slightly textured surface. Like a military gunto, this tachi has a kabuto-gane pommel with a sarute (knot loop), the authentic white rayskin of the tsuka visible beneath. Between the handle and handcrafted blade are the fuchi (collar) and tsuba (guard). The ornate cross shaped tsuba has bronze colored inlays that contrast against its silver color. The pommel, collar, seppa (washers), and guard are all made from solid brass and have a shining silver powder coating finish. As a tribute to the honored samurai of old, the fuchi and kabuto-gane are adorned with the Takeda clan mon (emblem). This clan gained notoriety under the influence of Takeda Shingen, a renowned ruler of the Sengoku period.
With its magnificent handle details, this Japanese style tachi may appear to be strictly ornamental. However, this tachi sword has a sharp 27 inch long blade. This hand-forged clay tempered blade is crafted from 1060 carbon steel. A genuine midare / gunone hamon line runs down the length of the blade, proof of its authenticity. This blade is sharp on one edge and has no blood grooves. Like a tachi, the blade as a deep, graceful curve. Overall, this carbon steel katana is 39.5 inches long and weighs 2 pounds 7.5 ounces while unsheathed. To preserve the integrity of this fine handcrafted blade for years to come, this tachi comes with a katana care kit for proper maintenance.
Even the saya (scabbard) of this gunto style katana is fashioned off the scabbards of imperial Japanese military swords. The saya is fitted with silver colored haikan suspension mounts and a ishizuki at the end. Like the sword mountings of the tsuka, the haikan are embellished with the crest of the Takeda clan. The saya itself is made of wood, but its exterior has a metallic appearance and feel. The dark gold color of the saya is decorated with a samurai scene, the engraved silver colored warriors and flowers dancing across the sheath. When sheathed, this gorgeous ceremonial katana is 41 inches long and weighs 3 pounds and 13.5, ideal for display. Although this Japanese gunto style sword is sure to be a treasured weapon in your historic swords collection, it comes with its own sword bag and box for storage when not on display. The black cloth sword bag has a tie and gold colored kanji symbols, while the beautiful storage box has an exquisite gold colored phoenix and dragon pattern. The gold colored scales and feathers are paired with scarlet, teal, and orange details that stand out against the nearly-black dark blue and red cloth. When paired, these two legendary creatures can represent balance of yin and yang or the imperial family, the emperor being the dragon and the empress the phoenix. This ornamental box has three gold colored latches to keep it secured shut as well as a handle.
Samurai swords carry rich cultural and historical significance in Japan. This Japanese style tachi sword honors the craftsmanship and history of the swords used by samurai as well as WWII military officers. These authentic hand made katanas make excellent gifts for historians and military scholars and would be a showpiece of any historic weapon collection. Add one of these Handmade Ceremonial Tachi Swords to your own collection today!
Handmade Ceremonial Tachi Sword Highlights:
- Imperial Japanese Military Style Design
- Sharp Hand-forged Clay Tempered Blade
- Blade Crafted from 1060 Carbon Steel
- Midare / Gunome Style Hamon Line
- Real White Rayskin Tsuka (Handle)
- Brass Tsuba (Guard) with Silver Powder Coating
- Brass Fuchi and Seppa with Silver Powder Coating
- Kabuto-gane Pommel with Sarute (Knot Loop)
- Brown Synthetic Silk Tsuka-ito (Wrappings)
- Triple Cherry Blossom Mennuki (Ornaments)
- Wood Saya (Scabbard) with Haikan Suspension Mounts
- Silver Colored Ishizuki and Haikan
- Gold Colored Saya with Engraved Samurai Scene
- Takeda Clan Crest on Sword Fittings
- Overall Length Sheathed: 41 inches
- Overall Length Unsheathed: 39.5 inches
- Weight Sheathed: Approx. 3 pounds 13.5 ounces
- Weight Unsheathed: Approx. 2 pounds 7.5 ounces
- Tsuba Diameter: Approx. 3.5 inches
- Handle Length: Approx. 11 inches
- Blade Length: Approx. 27 inches
- Black Cloth Sword Bag with Tie and Kanji
- Ornate Dragon and Phoenix Box for Storage
- Includes a Katana Care Kit
- Imperial Style Sword - Resembles a Guntō!
- Great Gift for Military and History Enthusiasts
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