Naginata blade by Minamoto Lemichi


Naginata blade by Minamoto Lemichi


Naginatas were often used by foot soldiers to create space on the battlefield. They have several situational advantages over a sword. Their reach was longer, allowing the wielder to keep out of reach of his opponent. The long shaft offered it more leverage in comparison to the hilt of the katana, enabling the naginata to cut more efficiently. The weight of the weapon gave power to strikes and cuts, even though the weight of the weapon is usually thought of as a disadvantage. The weight at the end of the shaft and the shaft itself can be used both offensively and defensively.


19th century


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Date Added
May 9, 2011
Samurai Weaponry
“Naginata blade by Minamoto Lemichi,” Artists, Patrons, and Japanese Art, accessed March 18, 2018,