The Making of the Katana - Interview with Rafael Kosche, Authority on Asian Weaponry


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What makes the Katana Blade so incredible?
When and how was the technology developed?
What are the best swords on the market today and how did we uncover the secrets of the Samurai?

Learn about the basic metallurgy of the katana blade and what gives it it's unique and legendary characteristics. Rafael is an expert in Asian weaponry and has helped movie producers choose appropriate swords for films such as Kill Bill and the Last Samurai.

If you're in the Los Angeles area, check out Rafael's seminar on Japanese sword making on September 22 at the Martial Arts History Museum.

Find more information on Rafael Kosche and his weapons at:

Rafael has also been on the History Channel discussing the history and legends of the katana, you can see a short clip below:

And if you're looking to find the best blade made today, don't look for "Hanzo" steel from Kill Bill, you'll want to check out Paul Chen's "Hanwei" swords made from traditional materials in the traditional way: Golden Oriole Katana as referenced in the interview.

Rafael Kosche



There is a much easier way to

There is a much easier way to get a Katana than going all the way to rippers blade in the north plaza.

The rise in fame of katana by

The rise in fame of katana by samurai is believed to have been due to the altering nature of close-combat fighting. modern katana are being shaped by well-known western sword-smiths, using current steel alloys.

The Making of the Katana - Interview with Rafael Kosche, Authori

The katana is usually defined as the typical sized, reasonably bent as opposite to the older tachi way featuring more curving Japanese sword with a cutting edge length superior than 60 cm.

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