Traditional Japanese sword and Chinese sword: What is the difference?
Both Japan and China produced some of the most widely known swords in the world. Asian countries have a long history of bladesmithing , which can be traced back several centuries. Although they have some common characteristics, Japanese swords are different from Chinese swords in several ways, and we will explore some of them in this blog post.
It is believed that China produced swords before its neighbor Japan. Archaeological findings indicate that some of the earliest swords in China were forged in the Shang Dynasty (1600 BC to 1046 BC) in the country. In contrast, the art of Japanese swordsmanship can be divided into several periods:
East of the city: 900 AD
Jiangdong: 900 to 1596
Shintoism: 1596 to 1780
New Shinto: 1781 to 1876
Origin: Taitung: 1876 to 1945
New works: 1953 to present
Traditional Japanese swords are usually made of different materials from Chinese swords. In the early Japanese sword making process, traditional materials such as bronze and iron were used. However, at the turn of the Kamakura period (1185-1333), Japanese swordsmiths began to use high-carbon steel to forge their swords, resulting in stronger and more versatile weapons. China uses similar bronze and iron materials to make swords, but the region has never used advanced materials such as Japanese high-carbon jade steel.
It is not uncommon for traditional Chinese swords to have double-edged blades. In fact, there is even a complete classification to describe the traditional Chinese double-edged sword: the sword. Of course, Japan also produces double-edged swords, although most swords produced here are single-edged.
Traditional Japanese swords are usually longer than those made in China. According to Wikipedia, the average length of a traditional Chinese sword is 27 to 43 inches. In contrast, most traditional Japanese swords are over 50 inches. The longer blade allows the samurai to engage the enemy at a safe distance, which plays an important role in the battle.
In terms of quality, the traditional Japanese sword is the clear winner. Today, Japan is well-known as a major producer of high-quality swords-and for good reason. Since the feudal era, Japanese swordsmen have used high-end materials and techniques to produce the best swords. When there are mass-produced swords in other regions, Japan pays more attention to quality than quantity. The end result is an advanced sword that can't be found anywhere else, including China.