Functional Katana

Associated with feudal Japan, katana are sometimes called samurai swords due to their use by the traditional Japanese warriors. Our functional katana and functional shirasaya here at Buying a Sword offer authentic options for martial artists, re-enactors, and collectors, many crafted with traditional methods and incredible attention to detail. Many of our battle ready katana are crafted from high carbon steel with tempered blades and full tangs to ensure that they can be used for cutting exercises and training. In addition to their functionality, a large number of our quality katana display striking ornamentation with lacquered saya, intricate tsuba, lovely menuki, and other excellent details. Crafted from top manufacturers like Hanwei, Cold Steel, and Ritter Steel, these functional samurai swords offer unbeatable quality for oriental sword enthusiasts.
Oni Katana
The Oni are mythical creatures from Japanese folklore similar to western demons or trolls. In modern culture they are beginning to move away from this menacing connotation into the role of guardian or protector, similar to gargoyles.
Price: $1,800.00
Praying Mantis Katana
The Praying Mantis is a symbol of cunning and power in Japanese culture. Built on our new L6 Bainite blade in the Shobu Zukuri style with Bo-Hi, and featuring superb koshirae, the Praying Mantis Katana is a very functional piece.
Price: $1,900.00
Reverse Blade Katana
A genuine, fully functional reverse blade sword. We have created a Japanese style reverse blade katana featuring the traditional hand braided diamond pattern cord wrap upon a shimmering silver fabric with four dragon menuki inset.
Price: $208.25
Bamboo Katana
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
Samurai Katana
The Samurai Katana was individually made by hand with a natural wood grip and a sheath covered with braided leather. The high carbon steel blade is hand pounded and forged over hot coals, using many of the original techniques.
Price: $274.75
Ronin Katana
The Story of the 47 Ronin is one of the most celebrated and influential tales of the Samurai from the Edo period. Lord Asano was a powerful Daimyo ordered by the Shogun to entertain guests of the Imperial Family.
Price: $1,500.00
Great Wave Katana
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
Reverse Blade Katana
The Reverse Blade Katana features a smoother darkened tsuba and end cap, as well as the same great leather and wire wrapped handle. The Reverse Blade Katana is suitable for stage and reenactment fighting and come to you at a great price.
Price: $188.25
Soul of Samurai Katana
The Soul of Samurai Katana will awaken the Samurai in you with this beautifully handcrafted functional sword. Smooth polished grips of ebony accented by brass create the perfect handle for the hand forged high carbon steel blade.
Price: $246.25
Shirasaya Katana
The Shirasaya Katana is a great functional oriental sword. The Shirasaya Katana has an overall length of 35.5 inches and a blade length of 27 inches. The Shirasaya Katana has a wooden handle and a wooden scabbard is included.
Price: $246.25
Skull Katana
It is believed that the soul of a warrior lived within his sword, and to be a Samurai warrior was to uphold the highest spiritual and physical disciplines. This sword embodies a darker vision of the katana, fit for a sinister samurai.
Price: $312.75
Samurai Katana with Sheath
This Samurai Katana with Sheath is for all you stunt and theater professionals. The Samurai katana was made specifically for re-enactments and stage fighting. The katana features a full tang and the blade is made of high carbon steel.
Price: $207.25
Bamboo Citadel Katana
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
Dragonfly Katana
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: $900.00
On Sale For: $720.00
Tiger Elite Katana
The Tiger Elite Katana has been re-designed from kissaki to kashira. Utilizing a hand forged and folded Performance Series katana blade and fine fittings available, the Tiger is equally at home as a cutting blade or showpiece.
Price: $1,650.00
Musashi Elite Katana
Miyamoto Musashi, arguably the most famous swordmaster in Japanese history, fought more than 60 duels before retiring and writing his famous treatise on swordplay, the Book of Five Rings.
Price: $940.00
Full Tang Martial Arts Competition Sword
The strong yet beautifully simple design of this sword is intended for those in the martial arts who compete and use their weapons daily. This sword has a thick hand forged blade that is designed to take the rigors of combat.
Price: $274.75
Orchid Katana
Our Orchid set is as quick as it is beautiful with a relatively light blade of folded steel and striking koshirae. High quality ray skin is used on the tsuka, and the tsuka-ito and sageo on all three pieces are woven from premium cotton.
Price: $1,300.00
Golden Oriole Katana
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
Bamboo Mat Katana
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
Wind and Thunder Katana
The Katana of the Wind and Thunder set is designed specifically for the martial artist who needs a sword to meet the demands of heavy target cutting. The Katana features a heavier and thicker blade with traditional furniture and fittings.
Price: $990.00
Practical Katana
The ever-popular Practical Katana, Wakizashi and Tanto give the opportunity to own and use a fine katana at the cost of an economy sword. The blades are forged and differentially hardened using the same process as the expensive blades.
Price: $350.00
Shinto Katana
Each piece in the Shinto Daisho has a hand-forged T10 high-carbon steel blade with Bo-Hi. The blade is hardened using the claying method. The Shinto is mounted in black and the tsuka-ito is made of premium black Japanese cotton.
Price: $990.00
Practical Elite Katana
Designed for multiple cuts in normal targets, the Practical Elite Katana combines the blade geometries and profiles of the Performance Series with the affordability of our Practical fittings.
Price: $360.00
Ocean Citadel Katana
A masterpiece of modern Japanese weaponry, the Ocean Citadel Katana is a limited edition, functional katana which is crafted from the finest materials with painstaking precision to ensure a supremely balanced and beautiful design.
Price: $2,699.00
Night Warrior Samuai Sword
This Samurai sword features sleek stainless wire accents, a hand braided leather grip, and a sheath. The blade of the Samurai sword is made of tempered high carbon steel, and the tsuba and end caps are made of solid brass.
Price: $283.25
Blue Blade Katana
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
Practical Plus Katana
The handsome Practical Plus Katana provides a very economical cutting sword as dependable as the Practical Katana (SH1070), but it uses more traditional fittings and construction methods.
Price: $490.00
Practical Plus Elite Katana
The Practical Plus Katana provides a very economical cutting sword as dependable as the Practical Katana, but using more traditional fittings and construction methods. The blade is forged and hardened, with a prominent hamon.
Price: $530.00
Practical Pro Katana
The Practical Pro Katana is built as an economical cutting sword for heavy targets, with an extended tsuka and a thicker and longer blade. The blades are constructed from hand-forged, high-carbon steel and are differentially hardened.
Price: $510.00
Practical Pro Elite Katana
The Practical Pro Elite Katana has an extended tsuka and a longer 29 inch Performance Series blade with a finer polish. The blade is forged in high-carbon steel and differentially hardened using the traditional claying method.
Price: $720.00
Imperial Katana
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: $880.00
On Sale For: $704.00