How to Sharpen a Katana Sword Blade

Learn how to sharpen a katana blade from Sensei Oliver Martin in this katana sword fighting video from Howcast.


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You'll be ready to challenge someone to a duel -- and win! -- after you take the katana sword fighting lessons in this video series. Watch as Sensei Oliver Martin demonstrates all the moves you need to know to wield a katana with confidence.




Any bladed, edged uh, implement needs to be sharpened on a somewhat regular basis. If you do happen to actually have a real live blade um, it's important to begin the study of how to keep the blade sharp and properly tuned. Um, it is a sensitive instrument. There are different types of stones involved, and an entire routine that needs to be implemented when you're caring for a sword. You have to uh, rub the stone against the blade in order to actually sharpen. If you're caring for the practice sword, um wiping it down and oiling it um, with a fine oil on just a regular basis is a good way to keep it in good condition and serving you for your training needs for many years to come.


  • Sensei Oliver Martin

    Bujinkan Maten Dojo was established in 2005 in NYC when Sensei Oliver Martin began teaching Budo Taijutsu on a regular basis to a select group of students interested in studying traditional Japanese budo/ninjutsu. Maten Dojo has grown into an exclusive bicoastal Budo Taijutsu dojo based in NYC. Oliver Martin is the head instructor of Bujinkan Maten Ninjutsu Dojo. Oliver lived in Tokyo for over three years where he trained on a weekly basis with Soke Masaaki Hatsumi and Shihan Toshiro Nagato. Sensei Martin has over 17 years of Bujinkan martial arts training experience and he continues to travel each year to train with Soke Hatsumi. Oliver is a professional actor living in NYC.