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No matter how active you are in martial arts, your katana will probably spend most of your time on display-it doesn't matter. A high-quality katana serves as the focal point, sparking a conversation with anyone who sees it. However, there are a few things you should know about the display of katana.
There are dozens of different display cases and stands where you can place katana. However, the most popular one is katanakake. A katanakake is essentially a wooden frame with a pair of hooks to hold one or two swords. In feudal Japan, the samurai put their swords on the hanger before entering the building, although the design of the hanger was slightly different.
Cutting Edge Facing Up
Traditionally, Japanese swords (such as katana) are displayed in the same way as they are worn. Because the katana is worn with the blade facing upward, it should also be shown with the blade facing upward.
Some people think that showing the blade up will help protect the blade from damage, but this is not necessarily true. Showing the katana with the blade facing up is a way of "respecting" the sword. This can be traced back to feudal Japan hundreds of years ago, during which time it was the standard way of displaying katana. Since then, the tradition has persisted, and both martial arts practitioners and sword collectors continue to display their katana in this way.
Tsuka on The Left or Right?
From a functional point of view, there is no difference in displaying a katana with tsuka on the left or right. You can display the samurai sword with tsuka on both sides without worrying that it will negatively affect the blade or other components.
Having said that, the traditional Japanese etiquette says that the samurai sword with the mound on the left represents peace, and the sword with the mound on the right represents battle preparation and fighting ability. Suppose you display your katana at home, either way is completely acceptable. However, if you show it in the dojo, you should ask your teacher for advice.
No matter how you display the katana, it is important to clean, polish and oil it regularly. Over time, dust, debris, and moisture can deposit on the blade, which can cause rust. However, by cleaning and oiling your katana, you can protect it from such damage.