“Sword names are a story, and the history and aesthetics of your blade will always be evident in its name. Name a sword with care.”

In Japanese culture, swords have historically been treated with deep respect and honor. The process of naming one is very intimate for both the owner of the sword as well as for craftsmen who forge them. Sword names can range from mundane to dramatic, from traditional to whimsical; but they each have their own significance that goes beyond what is commonly known about certain blades. It’s important to choose your blade’s name wisely because it reflects on you.

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Interesting sword names Japanese
Samurai sword names Japanese
Japanese sword names with meaning

Interesting sword names Japanese

Every sword has a story, and its name is part of that story. The process of naming a sword takes into account the craftsman who forged it, the materials used in its creation, and even the era in which it was made. It’s more than simply calling a sword by what its blade looks like—it’s about understanding what sort of person you are and what manner of character you have.

Few of the suggestions are:

 sword names Japanese
The One Hellfire
The Razor Edge Razored
The Necromancer’s Blade Spiked Scrotum
Dull Blade The Gates of Hell
Arcane Blade Chilling Shadow of Absolution
The Decider Crimson Flame of Revenge
The Dissector The Edge 
Block of Dirt The Man Killer
Your Mom Lecher
The Penetrator Bare Hands
Indomitable  Fierce Protector 
Lightning Coil  Unstoppable Destroyer 
Sweet Revenge  Sublime Carving
Unholy Scars  Ransom 
The Betrayer Dark Knight’s Blade
Lord’s Revenge The Hellsfire (Dragon Fire)
The Bloodstained Sword Blood Blade of a Tyrant
Sword of Bloodshedding The Impaler (Longsword)
Sword of Retribution (Lion Sword) Vengeance is Mine! 
Battleaxe Bloodthirsty Axe 
Executor’s Cleaver  The Final Executioner 
The Point Breaker  Longsword of the Blue Knight 
The Paladin  The Troll Breaker 
Troll Slayer  The Immovable Hammer 
Hammer of the God Steelbreaker 
Eternal Defender  The Electrifying Thunderstorm 
Stone Cold  Death Iron 
Blossom  Poetic Justice 

Samurai sword names Japanese

The samurai typically didn’t name their blades using kanji characters. This is likely because they were not familiar with the language. However, they did have a custom of naming their swords with one-word names such as “Fukimi” (“Tortoise”) or “Nakago” (“Boat Hook”).

Sword names in Japanese also often included references to personal experiences and emotions. A famous example of this is the sword named “Kitetsu” (literally: razor edge), in which it was customary for samurai to place a traditional shaving brush (called “keitai”) around the handle of their swords.

Samurai sword
Stormsinger TrailBlazer
Blade of storms Doombringer
Stormbringer Tempest Blade 
Tempest’s Bladewing Blade of Two Moons
Blade of Storms and Lightning Lightning Shadow Blade
Venomlash  Longsword
Greatsword Sword of the Storms 
Axe of the Storms  The Tigress
Blade of Despair Umbral Blade 
Moonfire  Ascendant Sunlight 
Blade with No Name  Blinded Blade
Blade of the Silencer  Silent one
Lightbringer  The Still Heart
Defender of the Moon  Vorpal Blade 
Duskblade  Oathbringer 
Blade of Woe  The Doom in a name 
Lethal blade  Sword of Sorrowful Death 
Sword at Sunset  Deadly Blade
Shade’s Edge Ghostedge
Icefury “Frost” 
Breath  Sorrowblade 
The Silent Death Unyielding Blade of the North Wind 
The Wind Cutter  Storm Caller 
Frostfang  Thunder
Breath of Winter  Sword of Rebuke
Sword of Winter’s Fury  Crimson Blade 
Thunderstruck   Blade of Reflection 
Lightning Blade  Tear of the Morning
Soulblade  Blade in the Dark
Silent Wrath  Shadow’s Edge 
Soul Drinker  The Lost Soul 
Heart of Storms  Lion Hearted Blade 
Blades of the Phoenix  Twilight’s Edge 
Shattered Starlight Blade  Sword of Sworn 

Japanese sword names with meaning

“Kaze” is the Japanese word for “wind” and is often used with blades that are designed to cut attack other people and wild beasts.

Kurosuguya –  “Black Ice.” 

Kitetsu –  ” Razor edge.” The katana named for its razor-sharp edge.

Mune – “Soul. 

Naraku –  “Night Demon.”  The name of a katana that was forged by the famous swordsmith Masamune.

Nawashi –  “Carrion Crow.” This blade is said to be incredibly sharp, almost as if it were made from burning flesh.

Odachi –  “Great Sword.” The name of a katana made by the famous bladesmith Masamune.

Ogiji – “Lion Killer.”

Owen –  “Wolf Pelt.” A long, straight sword with a wide, flat blade designed to pierce armor and slice through wood.

Ryumaru – “Dragon’s Scale.” A katana said to be the sharpest sword in the Empire.

Shi –  “Death.” An ancient blade that has been passed down through generations of warriors.

Soil –  “Gravel.” A long and perfectly forged katana that is as light as a feather.

Souken –  “Mysterious Sword.” A long, expertly crafted sword that is thought to be one of the most powerful weapons on the continent.

Suketamahoutsukai – “Sword Man of God.” 

Tenbatsu – “Heaven Punishment.” 

Tetsubo – “Club. 

The Black Axe of Urgash – “A blade forged by Urgash of the Red Eye, goddess of slaughter.” 

The Burning Flame – “A legendary sword forged by the ancient blacksmith Godo.” 

Wraithslayer – “A katana made by the famous bladesmith Hanzo.”

Zantetsuken – “Blade of the Rift” 

Zangetsu – “Sunset Moon Blade” 

Zanpakutō –  “Soul Cutter”

Samurai sword


Japanese sword namings are very strict and they treat a katana more like a  heirloom rather than a weapon. Giving your sword a good name will give it character. In Japanese, they have different types of names and names are given according to the type of weapon such as Katana, Wakizashi, and so on.