Japan Sword Art

Katana & Tachi

  • Katana (), Long Sword. General term for the traditional sword with a curved blade between 60 and 80cm. Worn with the edge upwards in the Saya. Developed from the Uchi-gatana, from the begin of the Edo period.
  • Tachi( 太刀),  A big sword generally longer and more curved than the later katana, with curvature cantered from the middle or towards the Nakago, continuing in to the Nakago. Tachi’s were worn suspended, with the edge downward. The tachi where developed/produced normally before the 15th century. Lengths of a Tachi can be between 75 and 120 cm.