Back to Mondo Sword Basics…

Having not done a piece on an oversized sword for a while, it thought it fortuitous that I should run into this:

Giant Odachi

Giant 69" Odachi

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Under normal circumstances regular polished blades are not my forte. However there are exceptions. And this one happens to be a rather large one. This beast is a good 69″ long… He He He… 69… LOL… *solitary cricket chirp*… *cough* what? I can’t indulge a little juvenile humor every once in a blue moon…? C’mon, there are soo many possible innuendos I could slip into this post… Aw… Fine, whatever… Pfft… Y’all are no fun…

Anyway, This odachi is just a big old sliver o steel. And I like big pieces of steel. They are cool. And this one doesn’t look half bad. There isn’t much really to say about it. I like the black cording in white rayskin same-kawa that was used for the rather abnormally long tsuka. The added length is probably intended to allow greater leverage, and also act as a counterbalance to the weight of the blade.

And the blade itself is simple, unremarkable even, except for being really, really, large. Even the tsuba is a simple cut out shape. Other nice touches were the cord wrapping on the top half of the Saya, as well as the chain on the buttcap and sageo for wearing on the belt. All small simple details that come together to make a great not-so-little sword…

69″  😛  Odachi – [True Swords]


24 Responses to “Back to Mondo Sword Basics…”

  1. 1 Niccolo
    May 31, 2008 at 3:48 am

    How the devil do you wear a 5 and a half foot sword on your belt…?

  2. 3 ladyofspiders
    June 2, 2008 at 9:42 am

    It is a really cool looking sword, I like the desgin, but I am not much of a fan of oversized swords.

  3. June 7, 2008 at 12:19 am

    Yeah, the oversized sword thing is an acquired taste… LOL

  4. July 18, 2008 at 3:00 am

    Hey man what to do with this swordd?

  5. July 21, 2008 at 12:28 am

    Well you pretty much just look at it, since you really can’t use something like this… 🙂

  6. 7 MoZZA
    August 26, 2008 at 8:23 am

    i have a blade similar to this XD it started falling to pieces now ¬_¬ how typical of ancient warrior brnad of swords ^_^

  7. August 27, 2008 at 12:26 am

    See that’s what happens when you don’t take care of them… 😛

  8. 9 MoZZA
    August 27, 2008 at 6:21 am

    :O phyre that is a very insulting thing to say! ill have you know its down to crap design the blade actually has a half inch screww bit bolted to the blade which screws into the handle and to be fair… thats a load of … yeah for a 69 inch sword not that i swing it around like

  9. August 27, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    LOL sorry, Mozza, my bad… I figured the design might leave something to be desired, did not realize how much… I’d usually just put something like this up on the wall and never touch it (let alone swing it) for this very reason…

    Ok, maybe I’d swing it once or twice… But that would be it… it would then serve permanent wall hanger duty…

  10. 11 MoZZA
    August 28, 2008 at 6:08 am

    LOL yeah it is really a decorative piece but its still crap design. and who couldve thought of tartan tsuka-ito…. hold it and you look like the scottish version of sephiroth XD!

  11. August 28, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    LOL OK, come on now Mozza, A tartan Tsuka-ito? I don’t think so… Tartan requires more than two colors… and is usually square or rectangularly checkered, not diamond shaped.
    The tsuka-ito on that is the traditional cord wrap… Nothing tartan about it whatsoever… Yes, it’s probably garbage in the quality department, but I think most Japanese swords would not like to be called Scottish… something about Claymores being overbearing or something… It’s probably a size thing… Who knows… 😛

  12. 13 MoZZA!
    September 14, 2008 at 7:22 am

    no it actually does have a tartan tsuka-ito no jest (see the pic link on “the man with saber claws…” post)

  13. September 15, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    that’s not tartan man…

    Tartan = 3 or more colors, combination of Square patterns and fine lines
    Mt Fuji Spear = 2 colors (red/black), diagonal/diamond pattern. Not tartan.
    Ya gots to put down that bud sometimes bruv… 😛

  14. 15 MoZZA
    September 16, 2008 at 11:18 am

    sorry man, slightly colour blind lol always looked like 3 to me, but ill take ya word for it

  15. 16 creeper353637
    November 30, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    A couple people asked what you could use something like that for… To the best of my knowledge it was an anti-cavalry sword, it was used to remove a rider from a horse or render the horse useless… Served the same purpose as a spear, only with a long swing instead of just a jab…

  16. 17 MoZZA!
    December 2, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    actually the odachi is anti cavalry and anti ifantry. i know this because its my kenjutsu sensei’s preffered weapon… yes phyre, darren the katana wielding viking from harry potter XD

  17. December 8, 2008 at 4:35 am

    LOL Darren Like Odachi? How long of an Odachi does he use?

  18. 19 MoZZA!
    December 9, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    i think the sato is 30-32 inch and the tsuka is about 13.
    traditionally (i think) an O-dachi/nodachi would have the Saya carried by hand and dropped on the draw of the blade

  19. December 9, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    OK, that’s not too bad… Yes, i think that if they were hand carried, it would always be by the saya…

  20. 21 lgarretto
    December 16, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    I forge swords myself and I have to make mine to withstand 5000 plus pounds of pressure and the are usually single hand or bastard swords so i dont know how these odachi swords hold up to combat. they dont really have very wide blades and theyre so long…
    it just doesnt make sense

  21. 22 Random Guy
    February 21, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    How many bamboo pegs hold the blade into the handle?

  22. 23 Anonymous Neko
    April 22, 2009 at 12:45 am

    I own that sword! It’s my favorite sword, and weapon of choice. I can wield it decently. I like large swords like this one much better than a smaller katana. Stab and Slice! lol

  23. April 30, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    An Odachi is your weapon of choice? Would you really try to use an Odachi against a person wielding a Katana? This I’d like to see… though to be honest, I think the concept of “wielding” an Odachi is oxymoronic, so i tend to think the show down would end with you looking like the latest Ginsu advertisement… 🙂

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