Who ever came up with the idea of dividing a Samurai Sword into two parts
The blade and the handle – and calling them a Ninja Sword? After all, what sort of ninja would be so impolite if going round giving everyone real first name, last name, regardless of their social status? Okay, so now you can safely assume that being actually a real Ninja and can confidently take on the part of the young student, and enter the world of authentic Samurai swords. There is a lot to consider when beginning the Samurai Sword Collection, but it will be worth it, trust me!
To begin with, there are a lot of different kinds of authentic swords available, for various prices. If you’re starting out, I recommend starting with an Asian style Katana, which are much cheaper, but can still be considered high quality. However, these are still only Japanese swords, meaning you cannot use them in any DSA certified combat situation, unless you want to have a conversation with the Dojo President, about the Dojo’s rules regarding Non-Certified Swords and whether or not they would accept your challenge to prove you know what you’re talking about. But we can get onto more serious matters now.
all of which can potentially be used for training
You need to start looking at swords from the most famous of Japanese swords makers, the Choshiramis. While this might sound a little silly, if you’ve ever seen a picture of one of these swords, or if you were able to see one in real life (I’ve seen one in the States, in a book store, for a very reasonable price), then you’ll understand what I’m talking about. There are many great looking Japanese swords out there, with some being very beautiful, and a number of them having very intricate detail. While the detail may not be as deep as that of the Samurai Sword, it is definitely considered a real shinoba (a very small sword).
Of course, if you don’t have access to a library (which is highly unlikely in North America), then there is always the wonderful world of internet shopping. One of the best places to start looking is eBay, although you must take care to be sure that you are buying a real antique. In fact, if you are not 100% certain about a particular item, I would highly recommend that you check out Amazon’s shaolin supplier section, since there have been a lot of successful transactions there over the last couple of years. While it may not be as popular as Ebay, there is definitely a large number of authentic swords being sold there.
If you are looking for a slightly cheaper option
Now, let’s touch on a couple of the more popular options for Samurai Swords in the west. The most famous, and probably most realistic, choice is the Genuine Japanese Wakizashi. The term “Genuine” comes from the fact that these swords are made by the very same sword smith that created the original Japanese blades, so they truly are a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork. The Genuine Wakizashi is also usually signed and dated by the craftsman, allowing you to rest assured that the sword was actually used during one of Japan’s many wars. Although these swords are the highest quality, they are also the most expensive, up to twice as much as any cheaper replicas can cost.
I recommend checking out the many cheaper Chinese-made replica swords available online. While these swords may look similar to the Genuine Wakizashi, they are definitely a fraction of the price and can certainly perform just as well. Of course, just because a Japanese sword is quite expensive doesn’t mean you should be scared off of collecting them, simply because they are so expensive. The fact is, even with the high prices of authentic swords, there are plenty of great places to buy them from, all over the world. So, in the end, it all boils down to your own preferences and what you are looking for in a Japanese sword.