• New Samurai swords were tested on live prisoners.
  • The point of the samurai sword is called the kissaki. It is the hardest part to forge and often determines the overall quality.
  • Samurais' gave their swords names because they believed the sword contained their warrior spirit.
  • Shogun is the name for the most powerful samurai.
  • Early samurai would fight on horseback, and their weaponry in addition to samurai swords was bows and arrows.
  • Samurai would use wooden swords (Bokken) for practice for safety reasons as well as for preserving their real swords from unnecessary damage.
  • A samurai's sword is his most prize and sacred possession.
  • Japanese samurai sword was made by an intricate process of heating the steel, hammering it flat, then folding it, then hammering it flat again, and folding.
  • This process of repeated hammering and folding would be done up to as much as 30 times, or until the maker was satisfied it had been done properly.