There are right
ways and wrong ways by which a katana is displayed in your home
or office. The Japanese katana cannot be displayed casually on the
horizontal stand. The manner which it is displayed conveys your
intentions, and somtimes the status of your nation. (not to mention
there is a front/back side to each sword).
placement for multiple swords:
you own multiple swords and would like to display them on a multiple
tiered stand, the order should be the Tanto (top tier), Wakizashi
(middle tier), then the Katana (lower tier). This order directly
corresponds to the order which the swords are worn on the samurais
body as he dress and prepares himself each morning. The Katana is
carried by hand to the entrance of the home and worn last, so it
should go on the very bottom of the stand.
a sword in scabbard and out of scabbard:
katana sword is kept within its scabbard when displaying it in your
home. There are some circumstances when it is appropriate to display
a katana out of its scabbard, one of these is if your nation is
at war. When displaying in such a manner, you are conveying aggression
and guarded attitude and the handle of your katana will be pointing
to your right.
EDGE UP - When
not on horses, the samurai sword is worn with the blade side up
on the left side of the body. This is also the popular style adopted
in the more recent periods. A blade worn on the left side allows
you to draw with your right hand. The upward facing edge allows
you to cut downwards in front of you as you draw the sword from
the sheath. Likewise, the sword on a stand should be displayed with
the blade edge facing upwards. This also allows you to elimiate
the pressure placed on the cutting edge.
(as you face a displayed sword):
to the right - This conveys an aggressive or non-trusting intention.
This is because you are able to draw the sword directly from the
display stand with your right hand and respond to any immediate
pointing to the left - This conveys a non-hostile attitude and should
be the way your swords are displayed on a regular basis. A left
facing grip cannot be drawn with the right hand and has to be picked
up, rotated (if grabbed with the left) or switch hands (if grabbed
with the right) with before it can be drawn for use. By displaying
your katana in this manner, you are stating that you feel no need
threat nor harbor hostility that would require you to quickly reach
for your sword. Additionally, a left facing grip with cutting edge
upwards allows the front of your katana to face forward.
for Tachi - A Japanese sword can also be displayed vertically on
a shogun stand. When using a verticle stand, the edge of your sword
should be facing the stand and the handle side down.
For long term
storage of your katana, the proper way to do this is to store your
blade separately within a shirasaya. A shirasaya is a naturally
dried, unlacquered sheath designed to allow for your blade to breath.
The functional, lacquered scabbard is believed to be bad for the
sword if stored for prolonged periods of time because it doesn not
allow for the blade to breath properly. Often times, valuable blades
are stored separately and only the scabbard along with the fittings
are displayed in public.
We do not provide
nor sell shirasaya by itself as an aftermarket part. We do, however,
apply a light coat of oil on all of our blades after use and re-oil
our own swords on a regular basis whether it is used or not.