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Japanese Tachi Sword

Japanese Tachi Sword

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Sword is the most important weapon used by Samurai, and today, Samuai's spirit lives on in the form of sword.
Sword is the most important weapon used by Samurai, and today, Samuai's spirit lives on in the form of sword.

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Japanese Tachi Sword
By Handmadesword.com PR Dept.www.handmadesword.comHandmadesword.com, the wholesale Japanese sword House All rights reservedThe
tachi
(
太刀
:
たち
) is aJapanese sword, often said to be more curvedand slightly longer than thekatana. However Gilbertson, Oscar Ratti, and AdeleWestbrook state that a sword is called a tachi when hung from the
obi 
(belt or sash) with the edge down, and the same sword becomes a katana when wornedge up thrust through the girdle. The "tachi" style was eventually discarded infavor of the katana. The
daitō
(long swords) that pre-date the katana averageabout 78cm in blade length; larger than the katana average of around 70cm. Asopposed to the traditional manner of wearing the katana, the tachi was wornhung from the belt with the cutting-edge down, and usually used by cavalry.Deviations from the average length of tachi have the prefixes
ko-
for "short" and
ō-
for "great" attached. For instance, tachi that were
shōtō
and closer in size to a
were called
kodachi 
. The longest tachi (considered a 15th century
ōdachi 
) in existence is more than 3.7 meters in total length (2.2m blade) butbelieved to be ceremonial. During the year 1600, many old tachi were cut downinto katana. The majority of surviving tachi blades now are
o-suriage
, so it is rareto see an original signed
ubu 
tachi.The tachi was used primarily on horseback, where it was able to be drawnefficiently for cutting down enemy footsoldiers. However, on the ground it was stillan effective weapon, but awkward to use. This is why its companion, the
uchigatana
(the predecessor of the katana) was developed.It was the predecessor to the katana as the battle-blade of feudal Japan's
bushi 
(warrior class), and as it evolved into the later design, the two were often

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