Japanese Nagamaki Sword

  • Medieval Asia
  • Less than 1 min

By Crusader1307

Development of The Nagamaki Sword can be traced back to the 8th Century (reaching it's maximum development in the late 12th Century). An unusual blade, it featured an overlong handle – almost 20-inches in length. The actual blade itself measured 24 inches. Carried in a scabbard, the handle featured a “hilt wrap”, which improved grip on the weapon. Considered a two-handed weapon, it's “kata” technique required overhead, downward thrusts and slicing movements. The Nagamaki Sword was documented as being effective against Cavalry.