The Norimitsu Odachi Sword
- 12.37 feet in length
- 31.97 lbs in weight
- Made from one piece of steel
- 15th century
- Kibitsu Shrine / Okayama Prefecture / Japan
Note how many people it takes to handle this sword.
Ancient Japanese legends speak of giants that used swords like the Norimitsu Odachi.
How big did they get back then?
Keep In Mind:
This is a Nodachi sword which is a very large two-handed sword and are significantly longer than the katana or even wakizashi swords. They were carried by foot soldiers as a weapon for war only, not open engagements (one on one fights).
They were an effective weapon against cavalry, though they were not commonly used. The sword was carried on the back not waists however it was not “drawn” from the back but rather lifted into position for single strike attacks. Nodachi swords are more difficult to wield due to their abnormal size and weight, but could be extremely deadly and were said to cut through a man and horse in one swing.