The katana is one of the iconic bladed weapons of Japan, typically wielded by warriors known as samurai. Traditional Japanese katana possess a single-edged, curved blade that took days or even weeks to construct. The forging process was considered a sacred art. Functional katana remain well-known for their strength and sharpness. These ornate Japanese swords often display elegant tsuba, or sword guards, and menuki ornaments bound within the wrapped cord of their handles. Most of our Japanese shirasaya and collectible katana come with a scabbard to prevent damage or dullness of the blade. We carry an amazing range of beautiful samurai katana crafted by some of the top manufacturers from around the world. These oriental swords are great for displaying in your home or martial arts training. Many of them also pair well with matching wakizashi that serve as companion blades.