The katana is the main weapon that samurai use and they carry it on them no matter what they are doing, eating, sleeping and most importantly when they are in battle.
A most beautiful original Edo piece from one of the greatest and historical clans in samurai history, beautifully preserved, by a great family smith name Kaneuji.
The samurai formed a one of a kind class.
In some parts of the country, particularly smaller regions, daimyo and samurai were more or less identical, since daimyo might be trained as samurai, and samurai might act as local rulers.
The early Samurai emphasized fighting with the bow and arrow.
However, with every new owner [and early blades may have had 20 owners] the blade could be reduced if required to fit, and the shorter samurai would need shorter swords however long the considered norm may have been.
During this time warlords and their samurai armies waged civil war.
Armour continued to be worn and used in Japan until the end of the samurai era (Meiji period) in the 1860s, with the last use of samurai armour happening in 1877 during the Satsuma Rebellion
It is the Kamon [samurai clan symbol] of paulownia tomentosa.
A very similar samurai sword, bearing the same name and signature Tokumune smith, Mito Ju Norimune [Tokumune of Mito], sold in Czerny's International Auction House in Italy last September, lot number 246, for 10,000 Euros.
Like European knights, the samurai served a lord (daimyo).
Armour continued to be worn and used in Japan until the end of the samurai era (Meiji period) in the 1860s, with the last use of samurai armour happening in 1877 during the Satsuma Rebellion.
The samurai were roughly the equivalent of feudal knights.
It's kodzuka is most rare, in that it's hilt is a representation of a formed samurai sword's tang with it's signature with the large chrysanthemum mon.
Therefore, this act was a privilege reserved for the samurai.
After combat losses and defections, Saigo had only 300 to 400 samurai remaining of a force of over 20,000 which had besieged the government garrison in the city of Kumamoto only six weeks earlier.