posted on Jan, 5 2005 @ 08:20 AM
As long as you keep calling a katana a "Samurai Sword" you won't get anywhere :p
The first thing you have to do to wield a sword is train with it, make it part of your body when you fight with it. Don't even think about wielding
an enchanted blade if you have no experience or skill with blades, it'll only lead to 2 posible outcomes. 1 would be where you get killed, the other
would be that you get possesed by the sword and go on a rampage.
Second, a katana is a sword of total balance and perfection, putting gems and materials on the handle will destroy its ballance and will make the
handle unmanagable and fainfull to wield.
With katana's, the main methods and parts of enchantment are devided between blade, scabard and hilt.
The blade is enchanted by putting runes on it trough tempering, carbon coloring or imprints during the creation of the sword, imprints are less
desirable because it ruins the material density and creates weak points.
The most simple and also most powerfull enchantment would be where the escense, hate, love, dispair or fear of slain creatures is captured by the
sword(binding spell, soulbinding). This makes the sword progressivly more powerfull with every kill and it is said that when you slay enough beings
with it, you can end up with a demonic or devine blade with its own awareness.
Seconds would be the scabard, these require a spell or enchantment with just 1 purpouse, creating a barrier to keep the power of the katana at bay.
You can put whatever you want on them or can even use whatever material to create them, although you still have to keep in mind not to make it to
heavy since you need to be able to carry the thing around.
Last would be the hilt, you can't put gems or hard materials on the handle part of the hilt, since it'll make it more difficult to wield the sword,
a katana is a weapon designed for balance and wielding it requires no less then perfect balance between control and power in both the sword and its
When you hit yourself with a normal simple day to day katana, you can be seriously wounded, I know that from experience, I have a nudge out of my left
leg to prove it.
You can howerever put runes in the material the handle will be made of, with ink or other coloring materials, not with stones or metal. Ivory as
material for the handle(like the highlander katana) are undesirable too if they have reliefs on them, but even when its a smooth handle, it'll be to
slippery to handle properly.
You can however put gems and hard materials on the end piece and ring of the katana, but they still have to be considered in advance, before the sword
is forged, so that the balance of the sword stays perfect.
The common spells or enchantments for the handle would be barrier spells to protect the hands, binding spells or retrieval spells in case the blade is
knocked out of your hands, or in cases of really strong(demonic/devine blades, a protections/barrier spell that stops the blade from possessing or
hurting its wielder.
In alot of cases a barrier spell like this isn't needed, like when a demonic blade is wielded by an evil person, the person just needs to be more
evil then the blade to stay in total control and well, an evil person usualy doesn't mind getting more powerfull by being possesed by the demonic
This also helps a demonic blade to stop good people from using it and devine blades from having someone evil use them.
For a katana, the best way to enchant it would be with writen ruines and mixing something in the metal(as long as it doesn't damage the metals
properties) or by using methods of forging that incorperate blood, bones, ashes and so on.
There is a myth about a line of famous katana's that are supposedly forged in a fire of human bones and cooled in a tub of human blood.
You can always fill up a tub with blood of innocents(children, holy people, virgins, ...) to make your blade pritty nasty from the start.
Gems and metals are best used on heavy and big blades, like claymores and fantasy blades( like Conan the Barbarien's sword) or scimitars.