Naginata blade by Minamoto Lemichi

Title

Naginata blade by Minamoto Lemichi

Description


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.

Date

19th century

Files

NNaginata blade.jpg
Date Added
May 9, 2011
Collection
Samurai Weaponry
Citation
“Naginata blade by Minamoto Lemichi,” Artists, Patrons, and Japanese Art, accessed September 23, 2017, http://artistandpatrons.omeka.net/items/show/26.