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Tachi forged by Bishu Osafune Sukesada, 12th year of the Eishô era, a day in February (1515, Muromachi). Saya in aogai-nashiji laquer, golden decorations. Mounting from 1907, latest polish in 1987.
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Tachi forged by Bishu Osafune Sukesada, 12th year of the Eishô era, a day in February (1515, Muromachi). Saya in aogai-nashiji laquer, golden decorations. Mounting from 1907, latest polish in 1987.
Tachi forged in 1997 by Matsuda Tsuguyasu, mounting koshirae type made in 1999 by Takeyama. Copy of a sabre of the end of the Heian era (11th century).
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Tachi forged in 1997 by Matsuda Tsuguyasu, mounting koshirae type made in 1999 by Takeyama. Copy of a sabre of the end of the Heian era (11th century).

The tachi (太刀) is a Japanese sword, often said to be more curved and slightly longer than the katana. The daito (long swords) that pre-date the katana average about 78cm in blade length, next to the katana average of around 70cm. As opposed to the traditional manner of wearing the katana, the tachi was worn hung from the belt with the cutting-edge down, and usually used by cavalry. Deviations from the average length of tachi have the prefixes ko- for "short" and o- for "great" attached. For instance, tachi that were shoto and closer in size to a wakizashi were called "kodachi". The longest tachi (considered a 15th century odachi) in existence is more than 3.7 meters in total length (2.2m blade) but believed to be ceremonial. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2488x976, 385 KB) fr: Tachi forgé par Bishu Osafune Sukesada, daté de la 12e année de lère Eishô, un jour de février (1515, époque Muromachi). ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2488x976, 385 KB) fr: Tachi forgé par Bishu Osafune Sukesada, daté de la 12e année de lère Eishô, un jour de février (1515, époque Muromachi). ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (2520x808, 325 KB) fr: Tachi forgé en 1997 par Matsuda Tsuguyasu, monture koshirae de 1999 par Takeyama. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (2520x808, 325 KB) fr: Tachi forgé en 1997 par Matsuda Tsuguyasu, monture koshirae de 1999 par Takeyama. ... Swiss longsword, 15th or 16th century A sword (from Old English sweord; akin to Old High German swerd, lit. ... Katana of the 16th or 17th Century, with its saya. ... The word daito refers to Japanese long swords. ... Italian cavalry officers practice their horsemanship in 1904 outside Rome. ... Shoto is a length designation for Japanese swords. ... Wakizashi style sword mounting, Edo period, 19th century A wakizashi (Japanese: 脇差) is a traditional Japanese sword with a shoto blade between 12 and 24 inches (between 30 and 60 cm, with an average of 50 cm), similar to but shorter than a katana but also quite longer than the kodachi. ... A kodachi (小太刀) literally translates into small or short tachi; this Japanese sword was too short to be considered a long sword but too long to be a dagger. ... An ōdachi An ōdachi (大太刀; big/thick sword) was a type of long Japanese sword. ...


Post 1600 many old tachi were cut down into Katana. The majority of surviving tachi blades now are o-suriage, so it is rare to see an original signed ubu tachi.


It was the predecessor to the katana as the battle-blade of feudal Japan's bushi warrior class, and as it evolved into the later design, the two were often differentiated from each other only by how they were worn and by the fittings for the blades. In later Japanese feudal history, during the Sengoku and Edo periods, certain high-ranking warriors of what became the ruling class would wear their sword tachi-style (edge-downward), rather than with the saya (scabbard) thrust through the obi (belt) with the edge upward. Feudalism comes from the Late Latin word feudum, itself borrowed from a Germanic root *fehu, a commonly used term in the Middle Ages which means fief, or land held under certain obligations by feodati. ... Japanese samurai in armour, 1860 photograph. ... The Sengoku period (Japanese: 戦国時代, Sengoku-jidai) or Warring States period, is a period of civil war in the history of Japan that spans from the middle 15th to the early 17th centuries. ... The Edo period (Japanese: 江戸時代, Edo-jidai), also called Tokugawa period, is a division of Japanese history running from 1600 to 1867. ... Saya can be either: a sword sheath for a katana. ... A scabbard is a sheath for holding a sword. ... Obi can refer to: a belt worn on a kimono in certain martial arts Obi Island, Moluccas, in the Moluccas Obi Island, Java Sea, in the Java Sea See also: Obi-Wan Kenobi Oak Beach Inn This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise...


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Tachi - definition of Tachi in Encyclopedia (247 words)
As opposed to the traditional manner of wearing the katana, it was worn hung from the belt with cutting-edge down, and usually used by cavalry.
For instance, tachi that were shoto and closer in size to a wakizashi were called "kodachi".
The longest tachi (considered a 15th century "odachi") in existence is more than 3.7 meters in total length (2.2m blade) but believed to be ceremonial.
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