The 6 Best Katana Swords of 2020

Katana is one of the most famous and popular swords ever made. It originates from the far east, Japan. In ancient times, the only samurai could use katana, so people of Japan call katana samurai sword. Katana is a slightly curved and single-edged sword that delights people easily. However, we will talk about the history and buyers’ guide later because we will now review the best katanas of this year.

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Ace Martial Arts Supply, Handmade Katana Musha

by All-Knives
Original Musha katana, 40 inches, full length is 40 inches, blade is sharp.
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Ace Martial Arts Supply Zetsurin - MUSHA (Burgundy)

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Overall length is 39.25 inches, blade is sharp, blade material is carbon steel.
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Tomoe Crest Tsuba, Handmade Samurai Katana

by All-Knives
Blade material is 1045 steel, wooden handle wrapped in cotton.
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Clay Tempered Katana with Rosewood Saya

by All-Knives
1095 Steel, Clay Tempered Blade, full length is 40 inches.
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Colored Sharp Katana Sword

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Length is 40.6 inches, multi-colored blades and sheaths, 1060 folded steel.
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xinan2018 Samurai Katana

by All-Knives
Handmade sword, blade is sharp, made of high-quality carbon steel.
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Ace Martial Arts Supply classic samurai sword

Classic blue samurai sword made by Ace Martial Arts Supply

Overview

by All-Knives

Your and also our problem is the size of the katana. Because of size, the pictures of the products are not the best. Because the katana is very long and we can’t see everything in one picture. So we suggest you to not rely on photos, but you should read each review in detail.

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Pros
Handmade
Excellent sword
Cons
Nothing

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In essence, all the swords on the list are very long. The average length is about 40 inches, so don’t pay much attention to the size, because that difference is a few inches. And trust us, it won’t mean anything to you. However, the overall length of this katana is 40 inches, while the blade is 28 inches long.

Due to the large length of the sword, it is also necessary to have a long handle. This type of weapon has two-handed handles, and it is 12 inches long.

In order not to damage the sword when it is not in use, it is necessary to have a Saya (Saya is the type of sheath for katana). That’s why with the Musha blade, you will get high-quality Saya.

 

Zetsurin katana from Ace Martial Arts

Japanese warrior holds handmade Zetsurin katana with a gold handle

Overview

by All-Knives

In the previous overview, we said that the dimensions of the swords are almost identical, so it is with this, and it is 39.25 inches long (like a sword before). But just because they are the same length that does not mean they are the same. In essence, this Zensurin katana is quite different from the previous one, so let’s see what makes it different.

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Pros
Original Musashi katana
Cons
Nothing extra

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The length of the blade is 28.25 inches, and it is made of carbon steel. With the katana, you also get a Saya which protects and shields the edge from external influences. Saya can be black or red; we suggest red because it is more beautiful and elegant.

The handle is wrapped in white tskua textiles, and its length is 11 inches. Also, you will get a traditional Japanese throwing knife for free.

 

Sharp Handmade samurai katana

Red samurai katana with tempered blade nailed to a tree

Overview

by All-Knives

The previous two weapons were almost identical. The next sword is different but not revolutionary. Also, you can buy this sword in more than 30 different designs.

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Pros
Multiple designs
Cons
Nothing extra

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The designs we just talked about relating to the handle type. It does not refer to the type of the wrapped material, but the kind of guard. Namely, the guard of the handle can be in a circle shape, rectangular, or with no guard. Of course, each shape has multiple designs, and you will probably find the best for you. Also, the handle is wrapped in a very quality cotton cord.

The entire length is 41 inches, of which the blade is 28.5 inches long. The blade is made of high-quality Japanese 1045 steel.

 

Shijian Japanese blade with Bamboo Saya

Shijian Japanese blade is placed in Saya made of black bamboo tree

Overview

by All-Knives

It doesn’t matter which samurai katana you choose. It is far more important what design you want. Almost all katanas are similar; there are only small differences in dimensions between them. But what makes them different are the handle, Saya, guard, and blade designs.

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Pros
Full tang
Bamboo Saya
Cons
Nothing

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Previous manufacturers had nothing to offer other than Saya, which is mandatory. Shijian, unlike the previous ones, offers free engraving in English or Chinese language. That is an excellent thing if you plan to give this samurai sword to someone.

The length of the whole sword is 40.9 inches, the blade is 27.8 inches, and the handle is 10.6 inches. As you can see, the dimensions are identical, as in the previous overviews. Also, the materials do not differ much. The blade is made of 1095 clay tempered steel, and the handle is wrapped in tskua textiles.

 

Colored Japanese sword from Shijian

High quality samurai sword from Shijian with blue, pink, gold, red, and brown blade color

Overview

by All-Knives

The best way to find the right one is to compare it to the other swords on the list. Of course, we will do it for you, so you do not waste time. But we will not talk about which sword is the best, but we will talk about their advantages and disadvantages in relation to each other.

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Pros
Colored blade
Handmade sword
Cons
Nothing

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The first big difference you will notice is the color of the blade. You will probably be surprised because it is common for the blade to be grey or black. That’s why Shijian has made an exception here and introduced a very innovative thing to the market. The edge can be in blue, pink, gold, red, and brown. Of course, each color has several different designs, so it won’t be easy to choose the most beautiful one.

The sword dimensions are as follows: the overall length is 40.6 inches, the blade is 27.6 inches, and the handle is 10.24 inches long. Also, with the purchase of a sword, you get the option of free engraving on the blade.

 

Xinan2018 Battle katana

Xinan2018 Battle katana is made entirely according to a Japanese traditional recipe

Overview

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And finally, last but not least. All the previous swords we talked about were some combination of modern and traditional. None of them was made entirely according to a traditional recipe. That’s why we put this samurai katana last so we could separate it from the others because it’s quite different.

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Pros
High-quality
Cons
A little more expensive

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The first and most interesting part of every sword is the blade. When you look at it, you will think that it is made of some stone, because the layers are visible on it. Actually, the blade is not made of stone but is made of Damascus high carbon steel, which in itself looks like in the picture. Also, the blade is long 41 inches.

Saya looks like it is made of snakeskin, but it is actually made of bamboo wood. It only has a design reminiscent of snakeskin.

Because of all the previous things we talked about, Xinan2018 make this sword a little more expensive than the others. If you want to have a real traditional Japanese blade, this is the right one for you.

Best katana buyer’s guide

There are many more characteristics of the katana that we will not list. So you don’t waste time on the internet looking for these features, we will leave you this video made by Single Handed Warrior. This video will tell you everything we didn’t say and help you buy the best katana.

Blade length

No matter what kind of weapon we are talking about, we always start with the blade length because it is the most critical part of the weapon. The katanas are larger than regular types of swords, so a slight difference between them will not be a problem. The usual blade length of katana is between 23 and 28 inches.

Blade thickness

Weight and impact strength depend on the thickness of the blade. If you are a large body build, a thick sword will not be difficult to use, but if you are smaller, than it will be necessary for your sword to be a little thinner. If you use a katana to cut objects, you will need a thin blade, as it will weigh heavily and reduce more damage. The best thickness of the katana blade is between 0.2 and 0.25 inches. But all this we have stated may not make sense, because all katanas have a similar thickness.

Best materials for katana’s blade

According to customers, the biggest problem is the quality of the blade. If an edge is poor quality, then the overall quality of the sword will be reduced. Also, the life of a sword will depend on whether you put it on the wall or use it in the wild. If you use it in the wild, then life will be much shorter. But if you put it on the wall, and it will last forever.

There are many metals used for swords creations, but steel is the best for katana. Let’s see what kinds you can use.

1. Carbon steel

There are two types of carbon steel. The fist is 1045, and the second is 1095. These names will mean nothing to you until we explain them. 1045 steel is quality and cheaper than 1095 steel. In essence, 1045 is a budget option for a blade. The 1095 carbon steel is more durable and reliable, but a sword made of that type are more expensive.

2. Spring steel

Between carbon and spring steel are small differences, and we will now list those differences. The 5160 steel has chromium into it, and it is very resistant to impact. The 9260 spring steel has added silicone into it, but it is still durable.

Maybe this spring steel has some advantages, but carbon steel is much better.

A sharp sword made of carbon and spring steel placed on a table

Weight of katana sword

The weight of the sword will undoubtedly depend on the characteristics we mentioned recently: material, length, and thickness. When considering everything and taking the best measures from each component, your sword should weigh 2.2 to 2.8 pounds. The weight will not be necessary for someone because they will put the sword in the showcase, but someone who will use it for something that man will have to play with weight.

Handle length

As we mentioned before, katana is a two-handed sword. So you don’t need to pay attention to the length of the handle. When you take a sword with both hands, the handle must be several inches longer than your two fists. The handle of the katana should be a little less than your three suppressed fists. But when it comes to numbers, the length should be 9 to 13 inches.

Best materials for handle

If you didn’t know, all katanas are full tang swords, so you have to look only for wrapped handle material. Experts categorize materials for katana as comfortable and pliable, while no one uses hardwoods or metals.

1. Leather

As with any review of sword, axes, or knives, we always mention leather as one of the most popular materials for handle. So it is for samurai swords too. Of course, if you want to enjoy comfortable and quality leather, you will have to spend a little more money than for other materials on the list.

2. Rayon

Rayon is a kind of textile that is using a lot for katana. The material is comfortable, good quality, and it last long time.

3. Textile

Cotton is a budget option for handle material. Textile is a traditional material that wraps the handle. It gives a shimmery color, so the sword looks much more beautiful.

Handle wrapped in high quality black tsuka textile

Best Saya materials

1. Leather Saya

We didn’t put leather on the list because it’s among the best. But put it to explain to you why you do not need to use it for Saya. Leather is the best material for short swords and knives. But it is not suitable for long knives because when you pull out a sword, the leather Saya will twist.

2. Saya of wood

Wood was and remained the most popular material for a sheath. You can combine other materials with wood. For example, you can add metal to make the sheath stronger or add leather to look more beautiful.

3. Metal sheath

Metal is the next option for sheath. It is not very popular as wood, but it is OK. The metal sheath is much stronger than the previous materials, but it is much more heavier.

Best material for katana shelf

Some katana on our site come with a shelf, but some katana comes without a shelf. So in a few theses, we will tell you what materials you can use to make a shelf. Instead of buying one, you can make it at home for your sword.

The best option for a shelf is wood, it is cheap, good quality and traditional. It will look better than plastic or other materials. Metal is another option for the shelf, but it is less popular. It is a kind of katana modernization, someone maybe likes it and someone may not, it is your choice.

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