The samurai did most of his fighting with the long katana, shown above. Its forged steel blade was the secret of its strength.
At the birth of a samurai—the servant warrior to a daimyo, or lord—a sword was present in the room. And when he died, survivors placed his swords beside him in the expectation he would defend his daimyo from demons in the afterlife. Continue reading “Daisho: Mystical Blades of the Japanese Samurai”