The ninja sword has become a staple in popular culture. It is often romanticized as being the ultimate weapon for stealthy assassinations, but it was actually not invented until after ninjas had already been active for several centuries. The earliest forms of these swords were originally used by samurai warriors and were typically forged from katana blades or daggers. Despite … Read More
A sword is a piece of art, history, and culture. It is also a great tool for exercise and physical activity if you are taking the time to practice with it. Just like any other valuable possession, it needs to be cared for in order to preserve its value. You wouldn’t drive your car without oil or water would you? … Read More
A katana is a Japanese sword that has been in use for over 2000 years. These swords have been used by samurai warriors throughout Japan’s history, and they are recognized as the symbol of the samurai. The authentic blades sold on the market today vary in quality, but there are several things that you need to know before buying one. … Read More
It can be a daunting task to find the perfect sword for your needs. The best way to buy a katana is to educate yourself about them, their history, the materials used to make them, and their market before you start shopping. This article will help guide you through the process of making such an important purchase. Read along this … Read More
Katana samurai swords are an item that many people collect. It has grown in the public’s popular psyche due to the various movies and television shows depicting samurais. Collecting katanas or samurai swords will not only make great decorative pieces to a home, but also help the buyer keep in mind the values of the samurai. The best katana samurai … Read More
The Wakizashi entered into Japanese history around the 15th or 16th century. The Tokugawa shogunate during the Edo Period decreed that samurai were required to wear the daisho. Interestingly enough though, the Wakizashi was not an exclusive blade. Common folk and merchants were found wearing wakizashis due to the thread of bandits in the region.
Samurais have captured the imagination of people the world over due to the romantic pop culture depictions in comics, TV shows, and movies. One could say it would be the honor that they live by. Others would point to their discipline. In truth, there are many things about samurais that catch the people’s imagination and attention. For now, we’ll look at the weapons of the samurai, specifically the tanto.
This Friday July 4, 2014 we celebrate the 238th anniversary of The Declaration of Independence. Although it took several more years to win the Revolutionary War and have our independence recognized by the English government we celebrate the day the document was signed and passed by the Continental Congress. Our union was originally formed under the Articles of Confederation which … Read More
Excalibur Brothers has recently received a new shipment of Thaitsuki Nihonto swords. These highly sought after swords are often available only on a pre-order basis as usually the number of swords received are not enough to fill existing backorders and often times can take 3-6 months to receive from the time of order. Fortunately this last shipment left us with a … Read More
Kenau Reeves stars in the first Hollywood adaptation of the Japanese folk story 47 Ronin. Reeves play Kai a “half-breed” from an English sailor and Japanese mother. He had been rejected and exiled by his own people. After the murder of a samurai master by a wicked and mystical Shogun, a group now leaderless samurai knows as the 47 Ronin … Read More
Some folks don’t feel that decapitating villains can be deemed sexy. Think again! Hollywood has proven otherwise time and time again when girls seeking revenge have pulled out their swords and knives from the decorated sheaths around their gorgeous waists! Isn’t that enough to drive any man mad? After all, intelligence, power, and good looks demand due respect and attention. … Read More
Lovers of swords and knives have been engaged in a battle that seems to reach back as far as our interest in all things that bash, slice, and dice. Which one is more effective: the terrifying sharpness and formidable strength of the Samurai swords, or the blunt force of the European longsword? First let’s take a look at both. Katana … Read More