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