How do you identify an authentic katana sword?
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How do you identify an authentic katana sword?



Interestingly, the katana is one of the most iconic swords in Japanese culture. The history of katana sword dates back to the 20th century. Most martial arts enthusiasts or collectors have the katana sword. How do you know you are in possession of the authentic katana sword?

The katana sword was used by samurais back in the day. Compared to other swords, the katana is lightweight. Read and learn how to know the authentic katana sword.

The blade
A genuine katana sword is forged from hardened steel, and the curve is distinct. Amazingly, the shape of the katana sword is known as sori. Also, the hardened steel is smooth and flowing. In addition, the name of the smith or city is always engraved on the sword.

Find out the history of the katana
To verify the authenticity of the katana sword, you need to do research on its history. Ask the seller of the katana to provide the history of the sword. In addition, you need to consult Japanese history books or some specialized website to find out if the katana sword is authentic.

Check the inscription on the katana blade
Another important thing to check the authenticity of a sword is the inscription on the blade or mei. In addition, the inscription is crucial in identifying the genuineness of the sword. The authentic katana has an inscription that shows the craftsman's name. You can trace the history of the katana with the inscription on it.

Check the quality of the blade
An authentic katana is made from a specific steel. The quality of the katana sword will also let you know if it's the original or not. An authentic katana is forged from steel known as tamahagane. The tamahagane is a combination of iron and sand. Meanwhile, some katana blades are forged from steel and tempered to make it hard. The counterfeit katana blades are often shiny and not made with the tamahagane.

Reach out to katana expert
The best way to know the originality of a katana is to reach out to an expert. Several collectors have mastered how to identify the counterfeit and original katana. A katana expert can examine the blade and tell you who made it and other details you would want to know. A katana expert will show you how to identify an authentic Japanese sword.

Conclusion
To preserve the culture and history of the katana sword, only certified katana swordsmiths in Japan are allowed to forge it. Furthermore, obtaining the license to forge the katana sword in Japan is not an easy task.
However, you can buy a replica of the katana sword if you are a fan. The original katana made by a swordsmith in Japan is quite expensive. To identify the original katana, ensure that it is forged by a certified swordsmith, and made from the tamahagane steel. Finally, the katana is a symbol of culture and defence. Owing a katana shows your deep interest in the Japanese culture.










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