E39: How to Appraise an Antique Katana with Weapons Expert Rafael Kosche

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Learn how to tell what went into the intricate making of each unique antique katana. The sword smith's signature, interestingly, is not the first thing you look at when evaluating the quality of the sword.

Rafael shares some really great insights on this very interesting facet of history.


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Rafael Kosche
Iaido
Kenjutsu
Kendo


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The word sword comes from the

The word sword comes from the Old English sweord, cognate to swert, Old Norse sverð, from a Proto Indo European root to wound, to cut". Non-European weapons called "sword" include singl edged weapons such as the Middle Eastern saif, the Chinese dao and the related Japanese katana. The Chinese jian is an example of a non European double edged sword, like the European models derived from the double edged Iron Age sword.
Historically, the sword developed in the Bronze Age, evolving from the dagger http://www.swordsswords.com/Training-Equipment.aspx