The history of making Swords in Japan goes way back to the Kofun Period which was 300-538 AD. Samurai Sword Names have differed in different time-periods, bringing with them variations. The kind of Samurai Swords we see today started to develop from the Heian Period that ran from 794 to 1185.
The famous Japanese swords Katana is nothing like the first swords of Japanese History which were plain and simple double-edged blades inspired by the Chinese Jian.
The first sword of Japan that still looks like the well known Katana was developed by a man named Amakuni and was called Tachi. Tachi despite looking similar to what Katana looks, was not as curved as we see Katana is. Because these Swords were skillfully created and passed on to generations, many of these old versions of Samurai swords still exist.
The world is filled with people who love action and are extremely interested in weapons. Katana is one of the most powerful weapons in the world and thus there always stays a piqued interest in Samurai Swords which is proven by the Legendary Katana Names. The popularisation happens with storytelling, while many are fictional and mythological, there are some real Katana Names in the history of Japan, of which the stories itself will give you goosebumps if not adrenaline rush.
Legendary Katana Names
- Beatrix’s Katana in the movie Kill Bill – It can be counted as one of the Fictional Samurai Sword Names. The angry Bride, Beatrix Kiddo from the famous TV show Kill Bill who receives a sword personally developed by the Swordmaster Hanzo Hatori to kill her murdered Bill, also her husband.
- The Baio-Doku Sword – Adding to the list of badass sword names, another fictional still one of the legendary katana names because it belongs to the famous game Samurai Shodown. You can get a lot of cool Japanese sword names from the game that has inspired various other Samurai Games and with them invented some cool Japanese sword names.
- The Cursed Katana: Hina – Fictional but counted in the names of legendary swords comes from the famous Manga Series Love Hina. The famous katana is also recognized with other badass sword names such as the Cursed Blade or the Hina Blade, the Youtou Hinata or the Ominous Blade.
- Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi also is known as the Grass-Cutter Sword – One of the funny sword names in the names of legendary swords of Japan, the grass-cutter sword is a mythological sword that many people believe to be real. There’s a long story behind this one of the most famous Japanese Swords, according to which, found in the body of an 8-head giant serpent, was a symbol of Goddess Sun (descendants).
Long story short, in the reign of the 12th Emperor Yamato Takeru, the sword saved the emperor from fire by cutting grass and then by controlling the wind.
- Honjo Masamune – Finally one real sword in the list of famous Japanese swords. Brought into the Edo Period by Masamune, Master Swordsmith. This is one of the most legendary katana names for the famous Japanese Sword was declared a Japanese National Treasure way back in 1939.
After getting sold and resold several times it came to the Tokugawa family who then at the time of World War II donated the weapon to a mysterious allied sergeant named “Coldy Bilmore”. There is no record of any sergeant named Coldy Bilmore and the sword goes missing since then.
Long Katana Name
Katana is not the name of a famous Samurai Sword but is rather a name that is used for a family of swords also known as nihontō that is as long as 24 inches or around 60cm. In a battle, Katana was paired with wakizashi or tanto, together they were called daisho. Wakizashi is a smaller version rather a much smaller sword to be used in case the Katana is lost or for close combat, whereas the long Katana Name is given to the Katana itself meant to be used at open combat.
Funny Sword Names
With the advent of video games like Samurai Shodown that lets you have the Samurai Battle action with the real Katana Swords allowing you to experience it all. These games also let you name your swords and thus naming the Samurai Swords creatively adds to the experience.