Functional Oriental Katanas

Few swords have a reputation like the katana. This legendary blade is purported to be one of, if not the finest sword design to ever be made. The claim is slightly dubious, but the fact is that few medieval swords are as intricate in design and construction as the katana. And at Dark Knight Armoury, we carry a number of katana that live up to their legend in both looks and functionality, both. The single most definitive feature of the katana is not the iconic curve, but the construction. Historically, katana were not made from singular pieces of steel, but instead, were made from pieces of steel that were folded, over and over again, until virtually all imperfections were removed. Beyond this, even the construction of the blade could be impressively intricate, featuring layers of hard, medium, and soft steel to create the perfect balance of flex and rigidity, as well as a fine cutting edge that gave the katana is legend. Many of the katana featured here at Dark Knight Armoury are made from more modern steels then the tamahagane of Ancient Japan, and are made using more modern techniques, but many still echo the versatile power and strength that a warrior would expect out of the katana. We offer a number of different swords for the modern samurai to choose from, ranging from more stylized pieces that incorporate elements of fantasy and fiction, to more traditional pieces that echo the values and style of an ancient world. Some are designed with use in mind, featuring blades that are made for cutting, while others that are fully functional have an appealing look that makes them equally suited for display. To the samurai, the katana was very much a living part of their being - often Romanticized as the soul of the samurai. So if you see yourself as a samurai in the modern day, consider this the chance to find yourself, and your soul, by browsing through Dark Knight Armourys selection of fine Japanese swords. And even if you are no samurai, you can still take the time to appreciate the form and effectiveness of our functional oriental katana.
Airship Captains Katana
501393
Sailing the skies and protecting airships from vile pirates is a dangerous job, but only if you do not have a good sword at your side! When you are captain of your own ship, no sword is as perfect as this Airship Captains Katana.
Price: $195.00
APOC Survival Katana
SD35510
The APOC Survival Katana at a glance looks atypical except for the classic Japanese styled blade. But fans of Gus Trim will recognize his subtle style and perfection in a design that is historically unusual for this famed sword maker.
Price: $189.00
Arrowhead Katana
SD35330
There comes an exhilarating rush when an arrow is released from a fully drawn bow. As fast as the arrow flies so will the Arrowhead Katana pierce the hearts of your enemies, honor and glory finding residence in this spectacular sword!
Price: $399.00
Autumn Leaf Katana
SD35210
The symbolism of the gingko leaf for longevity is about as ancient as the tree itself. The Autumn Leaf Katana embraces this rich metaphor of endurance in its decorative motif, evoking the true beauty of the season.
Price: $449.00
Bamboo Citadel Katana
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Hand-crafted from exceptionally high quality materials, the Bamboo Citadel Katana is as beautiful as it is functional, and it features a spectacularly unique, limited edition design, of which only 100 models will ever be produced.
Price: $2,799.00
Bamboo Katana
SH1002
In 1876, the Samurai were banned from carrying their swords. This attempt to end a thousand year tradition was not received well by the proud warrior class and the stick katana was born.
Price: $740.00
Bamboo Mat Katana
SH2438
Our eye-catching Bamboo Mat Katana features a chu-kissaki blade of Hanwei high-alloy HWS-2S steel, which combines its impressive performance with a striking O-choji hamon.
Price: $1,200.00
Bamboo Print Handmade Katana
NP-F-570-BAM
Functional for lighter use and a beautiful work of art, the Bamboo Print Handmade Katana offers the best of both worlds. This hand-forged katana features gorgeous ornamentation and is made of 1045 carbon steel with a long fuller.
Price: $99.90
Black Raijin Sakura Katana
MC-RY-3039B
The Shinto god of thunder, lightning, and storms, Raijin has a demonic appearance and is generally shown beating drums. The Black Raijin Sakura Katana displays eye-catching Raijin artwork on the tsuba of the sword.
Price: $800.00
Black Wood Katana
MC-TR-034L
When you want an oriental sword with a utilitarian design that you can use to practice your skills, then the Black Wood Katana makes a good option. This functional Japanese sword has a practical design without unnecessary frills.
Price: $90.00
Blue Blade Katana
MC-TR-031BL
Katana come in many distinctive and eye-catching designs inspired by Japanese artwork and culture. The Blue Blade Katana displays an additional noteworthy element in the brilliant blue coloration of its carbon steel blade.
Price: $80.00
Bronze Dragon Katana with Dragon Scabbard
MC-RY-3200
Shown as serpentine water deities, Japanese dragons appear in many legends and pieces of artwork. The Bronze Dragon Katana with Dragon Scabbard draws upon the mythological creature for the inspiration of its elegant ornamentation.
Price: $600.00
Brown Raijin Sakura Katana
MC-RY-3039R
The Shinto god of thunder, lightning, and storms, Raijin has a demonic appearance and is generally shown beating drums. The Brown Raijin Sakura Katana displays eye-catching Raijin and Mount Fuji designs on each side of the tsuba.
Price: $800.00
Condor Tactana Sword
BK-CTK500208HC
Combining the cutting power of a traditional katana with the convenience of a shorter sword, the Condor Tactana Sword gives you the best of both worlds. This tactical katana looks and functions like a dream for sword enthusiasts.
Price: $229.95
Copper Flower Damascus Katana
MC-RY-3206
Few functional swords possess the intricate detail and beauty of the Copper Flower Damascus Katana. This gorgeous samurai sword showcases a floral motif throughout its design on the guard, menuki, kashira, and scabbard.
Price: $340.00
Copper Tone Damascus Katana
MC-TR-026
The unique coloration of this oriental sword ensures that it will stand out in any collection of katana. The Copper Tone Damascus Katana draws upon Japanese folklore for its ornamentation, making this a stunning functional blade.
Price: $140.00
Crane Print Handmade Katana
NP-F-570-CR
The Crane Print Handmade Katana makes a superb addition to any oriental sword collection with its traditional design and beautiful details. The blade of this functional sword is crafted from 1045 carbon steel and features a fuller.
Price: $99.90
Damascus Cloud Katana
NP-F-914
What could be more whimsical and imagination-stirring than a cloud? This Damascus Cloud Katana displays these transient puffs of air on its scabbard. The iron guard on this Japanese katana features a striking detailed cutout design.
Price: $195.00
Damascus Dragon Katana
NP-F-703-A
Throughout Japanese mythology and folklore, dragons are often depicted as large, wingless, serpentine water deities associated with rainfall and bodies of water. This Damascus Dragon Katana displays the mythical creature in its design.
Price: $362.50
Damascus Katana with Golden Dragon Scabbard
MC-TR-008
Serving as a functional sword and stunning piece of art, the Damascus Katana with Golden Dragon Scabbard embraces the best of both worlds. This hand-forged katana displays gorgeous ornamentation to complement its Damascus blade.
Price: $120.00
Damascus Katana with Marble Bamboo Scabbard
NP-F-916-WD
The Damascus Katana with Marble Bamboo Scabbard is a full-tang, battle ready sword. Constructed with a Damascus steel blade featuring a fuller and temper line, this sword is great for cutting, training, and any other use you can find.
Price: $267.90
Damascus Katana with Marble Dragon Scabbard
NP-F-916-BK
This stunning Damascus Katana with Marble Dragon Scabbard demands attention. Well suited to be the center of your katana collection, this sword features a Damascus steel blade with a fuller and visible temper line for authenticity.
Price: $267.90
Damascus Katana with Red Blossom Scabbard
NP-F-916-RD
Hand-forged from beautiful Damascus steel, the Damascus Katana with Red Blossom Scabbard is an exciting sword to behold. Battle ready in every way, this sword will satisfy the needs of even the most demanding katana enthusiast.
Price: $267.90
Dark Sentinel
SH2066
Combining the slashing power of the Samurai Katana with the agility and thrusting ability of fine European dueling swords, the Dark Sentinel is a handsome sword with a bite.
Price: $165.00
Dragon Print Handmade Katana
NP-F-570-DG
The Dragon Print Handmade Katana is a beautiful work of art, a weapon sure to win over your samurai warrior spirit. This hand-forged katana features gorgeous ornamentation and is constructed from 1045 carbon steel with a long fuller.
Price: $99.90
Dragonfly Katana
07-88DK
Thicker, wider, and heavier than its feudal era inspiration, the Dragonfly Katana features gorgeous traditional style made with updated materials and techniques for the modern warrior. Its black iron furnishings bear a dragonfly motif.
Price: $899.99
On Sale For: $720.00
Engraved Dragon Mahogany Katana
MC-RY-3044
Many katana straddle the line between artwork and functional blade, displaying intricate ornamentation that makes them such beautiful collectibles. The Engraved Dragon Mahogany Katana is an excellent example with its ornate look.
Price: $420.00
Fletching Katana
SD35320
The art of wielding a katana, much like archery, requires patience, persistence, control, and strength. The Fletching Katana fuses the traditional Japanese sword with emblems that tells the tale of great samurai archers of legend.
Price: $499.00
Flower Print Handmade Katana
NP-F-570-FL
This excellent Flower Print Handmade Katana is a tribute to the popularity of the katana as both a weapon and an elegant cultural piece. It is hand-forged from quality 1045 carbon steel and features a long fuller with real hamon.
Price: $99.90
Gold Lion Katana
07-88ABK
A beautiful reproduction of the everyday sword of the samurai, the Gold Lion Katana comes in a significantly lighter design that makes it faster in the hand and more comfortable to wear all day when tucked into an Obi.
Price: $899.99
On Sale For: $720.00
Golden Bamboo Katana
MC-RY-3202
Associated with traits such as integrity, tenacity, and elegance, bamboo makes a fitting choice for the ornamentation of this samurai katana. The Golden Bamboo Katana comes with a hand-carved and painted bamboo scabbard.
Price: $600.00
Golden Flower Black Wrap Katana
MC-TR-032GD
Whether you are looking for a functional sword or a decorative katana to showcase in your home, the Golden Flower Black Wrap Katana makes an excellent choice. This ornate katana features elegant detailing and a carbon steel blade.
Price: $180.00
Golden Flower Red Wrap Katana
MC-TR-032RD
Whether you are looking for a functional sword or a decorative katana to showcase in your home, the Golden Flower Red Wrap Katana makes an excellent choice. This ornate katana features elegant detailing and a carbon steel blade.
Price: $160.00
Golden Oriole Katana
SH1018
The elegantly simple lines of the Golden Oriole Daisho (SH1018, SH1019) have long been favored by admirers of the Japanese sword. Add the Golden Oriole Katana to your collection as a beautiful example of this style.
Price: $990.00
Gray Crane Damascus Katana
MC-TR-035
The Japanese crane is viewed as a sacred creature symbolizing luck, longevity, and fidelity. The Gray Crane Damascus Katana features the beautiful bird in the design of the guard with its wings stretched to form the outer circle.
Price: $300.00
Great Wave Katana
SH5004
The Great Wave Katana displays the renowned Tomoe motif used frequently for family crests and shrine decoration. The koshirae are crafted in blackened iron and feature the Tomoe mon.
Price: $960.00
Green Handle Damascus Dragon Katana
MC-TR-020BK
The dragon remains one of the most popular creatures of mythology and legend, even in the Japanese culture and artwork. The Green Handle Damascus Dragon Katana forms its tsuba in the shape of one of these serpentine water deities.
Price: $130.00
Green Sakura Jintachi with Black Scabbard
MC-TR-014BK
The jintachi is a modern-day design of ancient tachi swords, which were used by samurai prior to the development of the katana. The Green Sakura Jintachi with Black Scabbard serves as an excellent example of the Japanese blade.
Price: $140.00
Hana Katana
SD35110
The Hana Katana embodies power, form, and function in the simplest of accoutrements. The exceptional design calls for a simple motif that will enhance, rather than overpower, the total look of this sleek and functional Asian sword.
Price: $459.00
Hand Forged Damascus Japanese Katana
NP-F-900
Fusing techniques from different cultures, this Hand Forged Damascus Japanese Katana is an extraordinary sword. The blade of this functional sword is made from quality Damascus steel with a long fuller and a Rockwell hardness of 52.
Price: $427.90
Hand Forged Floral Katana
NP-F-922
When you think of flowers, the first place your mind usually goes is not to the most lethal fighting class in Japan. This Hand Forged Floral Katana will change that. Made of 1060 carbon steel, this blade is ready to do your bidding.
Price: $655.00
Hand Forged Wind Dragon Katana
NP-F-921
The Hand Forged Wind Dragon Katana features excellent craftsmanship. It utilizes a 1060 carbon steel blade with visible temper line. This battle ready blade is hardened to a Rockwell of 50 and comes ready for cutting and slashing.
Price: $269.90
Handmade Katana with Mt. Fuji Scabbard
NP-F-915
This gorgeous samurai sword makes a fantastic addition to your oriental sword collection with its traditional design. The Handmade Katana with Mt. Fuji Scabbard features a slightly curved 1045 carbon steel blade with round iron guard.
Price: $209.90
Honshu Boshin Katana
UC3176
This legendary katana combines innovation and tradition, making for a perfect blade for any swordsman. Our Honshu Boshin Katana is made of a high carbon steel and features a textured tpr covered handle for an ergonomic no-slip grip.
Price: $216.96
Honshu Full Tang Tactical Katana
UC3026
Step onto the battlefield with authority as you wield the Honshu Full Tang Tactical Katana. This modern take on a traditional weapon will serve you well as you cross the battlefield or it can be a stunning accent to your decor.
Price: $300.00
Hunter Katana
SH2471
Raptors are known among the most vicious birds of prey throughout the animal kingdom. This Hunter Katana showcases the raptor against the classically deathly katana blade, signifying the brutal hunting prowess of its wielder.
Price: $1,800.00
Imperial Citadel Katana
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Forged for the Emperor himself, the Imperial Citadel Katana is a masterful work of art that only the noblest of samurai may carry, adorned in the golden courage of a warriors heart with the symbol of the royal family of Japan.
Price: $2,999.00
Imperial Katana
07-88K
Expertly crafted, the Imperial Katana uses traditional materials for its fittings, and its blade is made of heat treated 1055 carbon steel and polished by hand. This iconic samurai sword is as beautiful as it is battle-ready.
Price: $879.99
On Sale For: $704.00
Japanese Katana with Dragon Guard
NP-F-913
This Japanese Katana with Dragon Guard will make a great addition to your cutlery collection. It comes in a beautiful black scabbard that provides protection for the piece when it is not in use, and it features a mythical dragon theme.
Price: $175.00
Japanese Katana with White Scabbard
NP-F-1803-WT
Katana were one of the traditionally made Japanese swords used by the samurai of ancient and feudal Japan. This Japanese Katana with White Scabbard continues the tradition, offering a beautiful sword you will be proud to show off.
Price: $300.00
Kaeru Katana
SH2467
If you have ever believed that a sword cannot be a work of art, then perhaps a look at this Kaeru Katana will change your mind. This Japanese sword is absolutely stunning, possessing rich detail that really sets this sword apart.
Price: $1,500.00
Kohaku Katana
SD35180
The koi kohaku, a type of carp, battles up the rivers and climbs up waterfalls to reach its destiny. This speaks to the symbolism of overcoming all adversity to achieve your goals. The Kohaku Katana is inspired by this tenacious fish.
Price: $879.00
Koi Katana
SH2465
Supposedly, the Koi is brave and fearless, facing waterfalls, hardship, and even death with a courage that compares to that of the samurai. For that reason, we pay homage to both the warrior and Koi fish with this stunning Koi Katana.
Price: $1,290.00
Kondoru Katana
BK-CTK10152875HC
Katana were one of the traditionally made Japanese swords that were used by the samurai of ancient and feudal Japan. The Kondoru Katana offers a simple version of this classic weapon, a terrific piece any Samurai would be proud of.
Price: $329.98
Last Samurai Sword Replica
MC-MAZ-021
Fans of the Last Samurai movie are sure to enjoy adding this Japanese sword to their collections! The Last Samurai Sword Replica reproduces the tachi used by Captain Nathan Algren with excellent attention to detail and quality.
Price: $140.00
Leaf Print Handmade Katana
NP-F-570-LF
Some would argue that the katana is the perfect sword. Both gorgeous and effective, it is hard to argue with this Leaf Print Handmade Katana. The lovely blade is hand-forged from 1045 carbon steel and hardened at a Rockwell of 58.
Price: $99.90
Limited Edition Asano Clan Sword
MC-MC-47R001
From the movie 47 Ronin comes the Limited Edition Asano Clan Sword. Hand-forged from 1045 high carbon steel, this blade is a great piece based on an adaptation of Japans national legend and an example of the bushido code.
Price: $150.00
Limited Edition Tengu Sword
MC-MC-47R003
From the movie 47 Ronin comes the Limited Edition Tengu Sword. Hand-forged from 1045 high carbon steel, this blade is a great piece based on an adaptation of Japans national legend and an example of the bushido code.
Price: $192.00
Lion Dog Katana
SH2439
The Lion Dog Katana features an O-Kissaki blade of Hanwei high-alloy HWS-1S steel, which combines superior performance with an outstanding O-choji hamon. This katana makes an attractive addition to any collection.
Price: $1,400.00
Lotus Citadel Katana
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Masterfully crafted in a traditional styling, the Lotus Citadel Katana is a completely hand-made weapon which is designed to excel in cutting. This is a limited edition sword, of which only 100 will ever be produced.
Price: $2,199.00

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