May 29th, 2006

Slow drawing and sheathing of a Japanese Samurai sword (katana). Not really the sound you'd hear from drawing it in combat, more of a ceremonial inspection or a slow, intimidating brandish.

Recorded with a Canon GL-2 internal microphone.


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    Marcus Wortley 4 years, 2 months ago

    This is unreal, thankyou so much for posting this!

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    Auslander999 8 years, 7 months ago

    2 years and a few weeks later......

    The background hum in this recording was part of the reason I didn't find this sound effect useful. I hope you have a better microphone now. :)

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    Halleck 10 years, 8 months ago

    That's very true. However, my katana is a modern ornamental piece with a metal sheath, so this is the sound it makes when it's drawn.

    However, a good friend of mine owns a more authentic daishō that he got in Japan, complete with wooden saya. I could try to record the katana and wakizashi from that, but as you said it doesn't really make much sound at all. :)

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    Iaidoka 10 years, 8 months ago

    Sorry, but you wouldn't get that sound at all from a katana being drawn from the saya. A saya is made of wood, so there would be no metallic scraping noises at all. In reality both the draw and resheathing of the sword are near silent. Find a dojo where they practice Iaido and you'll hear what i mean. The only sound produced by the sword during kata comes from cutting.


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