HISTORICAL ASIAN SWORDS
Asia’s history was carved out in large part by fierce warriors. Mongols. Samurai. Shaolin monks. Sikh warriors. Persian Immortals. Tactical mall ninjas — OK, maybe not that last one. But there’s no doubt that this region birthed some of the mightiest military cultures.
So, in a RECOIL first, we’re taking a sharper look at big blades from yesteryear that have been used on the battlefield or been inspired by those that have.
But note that this buyer’s guide isn’t comprehensive. There have been way too many swords crafted by too many civilizations over too many centuries across the biggest continent on Earth to include them all here. This is just a small slice (pun intended!) of the countless cutting instruments created in that continent.
Secondly, we excluded crappy replicas made from questionable materials and sold by shady retailers. Instead, we chose to focus on faithful recreations or innovative swords inspired by Asian themes that come from reputable manufacturers only. Read on to see if there’s a historical edged weapon that makes the cut for you.