Odachi that were used as weapons were too long for samurai to carry on their waists like normal swords. There were two methods in which they could be carried.
- One method was to carry it on one's back. However, this was seen impractical as it was impossible for the wielder to draw it quickly.
- The other method was simply to carry the Odachi by hand. The trend during the Muromachi era was for the samurai carrying the Odachi to have a follower to help him draw it.
Odachi swordplay styles focused on downward cuts and different wields than those of normal swords.
The Odachi's importance died off after the Osaka-Natsuno-Jin war of 1615 (the final battle between Tokugawa Ieyasu and Toyotomi Hideyori). Since then it has been used more as a ceremonial piece.
The purpose of the Odachi can be categorized as follows:
- As an offering to a shrine or gods. Some Odachi were dedicated with prayer to win a war, others were placed in shrines as legendary swords from mythology.
- As a weapon. From explanations in old texts, such as Heike-monogatari, Taihei-ki tell us that Odachi were used by soldiers during battles.
- As a symbol for an army. Some Odachi are too long for practical use. They cannot be used in a battle but it is said that they could have been used as a symbol of an army, such as flags and spears
- As a trend during a certain period. Some swords were also used for ceremonies.
- To show the swordsmith's skill.
Most Odachi were used for the first two reasons.
Our Odachi Giant Samurai Sword Features:
- Carbon steel blade with bo hi
- Fully sharpened
- Fully functional
- Cotton cord and faux rayskin wrapped tsuka (double pegged)
- Dragon tsuba
- Black wood saya with speckled lacquer finish
- One of the biggest swords you will ever see
Weight: 3.6 Lbs
Swords of might video featuring our 68" odachi Giant Samurai Sword
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What can I say?
Posted by James I. on 3rd Nov 2015
"What can I say, this sword is HUGE! It does come sharpened, but it's only a mildly sharpened edge. If you want to do any cutting with it, I highly suggest refining the edge more. But for the price, it's hard to beat!
(One star off for the less-than-usable-sharp edge)"
Love the sword!
Posted by Tracy L. on 27th Oct 2015
Love the sword! And it fits perfectly in my hands.
Very nice for the price
Posted by John ,Arizona on 30th Nov 2012
I bought as a display piece and it does the job nicely.Seems pretty solid,not a lot of wobble for such a long blade(which is NOT sharp at all....but that's OK for my purpose).I am happy with it.My only complaint is that it is such a long sword, that it is difficult to polish the blade....you need a stand of some sort.
got on sale
Posted by seth Ca on 10th Sep 2012
i got it when it was on sale its not sharpened in any respect, but i doubt it would matter much with just its weight its crushing
definitely heavy for the average person. i would suggest if you plan to use it for other than decoration you be at least 6 feet tall or lift weights regularly
Good price on an odachi, but not perfect
Posted by Matthew on 20th Jul 2012
As another wrote, there are cosmetic issues (the pins protrude and are a nasty orange color that is immediately obvious, not at all like the picture above). Presumably the one in the picture is wrapped different, covering the pins so all you see is the same and menuki.
It is also not sharpened except for the very tip. Sharpening is a big difference in the pricing of swords, and this is much cheaper than any sharpened swords approaching this size, so it isn't a fluke, it's misadvertised.
If you're intending to use this in combat, you're on your own, but for those of us who just want an odachi in our reproduction sword collection, it's a good buy.
Great for the money
Posted by Unknown on 23rd Apr 2012
I was very excited to get this piece. The sword has its cosmetic flaws, but I'm mainly concerned with the blade. The blade is not as sharp as I thought, but that can be fixed. The tsuba barely moves, which is a plus, and the tsuka fits the blade perfectly. No rattling at all. The ito & saya are cheap looking, the same' is faux, but overall the sword is solid. Great value for the money. Cant wait to slice something
Posted by Unknown on 23rd Apr 2012
this sword is truely massive. it has its flaws but definetly worth the money.
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