Among the traditional weapons of a samurai were lance, spear, bow and arrow, and other firearms, of course the sword. Kenjutsu is the generic term of all forms of the Japanese martial art with sword (sword art).
Swords were already forged in Japan in the 4th century, whereby the first swordsmiths and their forging techniques probably came from Korea and China. Most swords up to the 9th century had a straight blade ground on both sides.
Later, the blade was forged curved into a sabre shape and sharpened only on one side, whereby both sides of the blade were also hardened differently. This type of swords caused deep cuts and could separate whole limbs.
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- The Swords of the Samurai - Daisho, Katana and Wakizashi
- Wall bracket for the Samurai Swords from the 3D printer
The Swords of the Samurai - Daisho, Katana and Wakizashi
Traditionally the Samurai, also as a sign of his social position, always possessed at least two swords (pair of swords; Daisho). This pair of swords consisted of the Katana, known since the 15th century, and the somewhat shorter Wakizashi.
The Katana (long-sword) is approximately 80 cm to scarcely over one meter long. The Wakizashi (short sword) is shorter and handier with about 60-80 cm. The Samurai swords were mostly made individually as desired and differed partly strongly in length, strength and curvature as well as decoration of the edge.
Beside the Katana and the Wakizashi there was also the Nodachi (also called Odachi), which was an even longer sword than the Katana. With 1.20 meters and more, it was very long and unwieldy, which together with its elaborate ornaments made it more of a ceremonial sword than a weapon for battle.
In addition, there was the heavier variant of the Katana , the Dotanuki. A Katana weighs about 800g, a Dotanuki mostly over 1 kg. Legend has it that it was the only sword with which a samurai and his armour could be divided into two halves.
Wall bracket for the Samurai Swords from the 3D printer
For a long time I didn't really know where to put the swords. I had bought a stand, but it was very big and I didn't have enough space for it. Just hanging it on the wall wasn't that easy either, because I wanted something simple. No shelf or giant holder etc.. The long awaited purchase of my 3D printer came just in time.
These holders were then printed 4 times (2 per sword) for the two swords using the 3D printer . Each one has a hole for a screw which in combination with the matching dowels forms a solid base.
Absolutely stable and the small inaccuracies which arose during printing can be reworked without problems with some sandpaper and are no longer noticeable on the wall, because also a large part of the holder disappears behind the swords.
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