A katana is a type of Japanese sword with a blade length greater than 23.6-28.7 inches (60-73 centimeters) and characterized by its distinctive appearance: a curved, slender, single-edged blade, circular or squared guard, and long grip that can accommodate two hands. Often called a "samurai sword" or "samurai's sword" because of its use by the feudal warriors, it became a symbol of the samurai caste.
Renowned for its sharpness and cutting ability, its origins go back at least as far as the Kamakura Period (1185–1333). Most often held with two hands, some techniques and combat styles were performed with a one-handed grip. The katana was generally carried in a saya, or scabbard, manufactured from lightweight wood, with a coat of lacquer on the exterior and a wooden knob on one side for attaching a braided cord.
The single-edged, razor-sharp blade is extremely effective against most enemies because it has a high attack speed, over three hits per second.
The weapon mods for the katana add a saya (scabbard), and replace both the tsuka (grip), tsuba (hand guard) and the blade. The fully modded weapon thus hypothetically contains no part from the original item. There is no way, however, to obtain the item without first having the original "replica" model.
pcxbox360ps3 If modded with the protective sheath, when changing weapons or un-equipping the katana, the sheath will still be on the player's hip. When dropped, sometimes the sheath is not dropped. Occasionally, this bug may also result in two sheaths overlapping each other. Equipping a different weapon that is holstered the same way will remove it, but sometimes changing weapons may not remove the sheath. You have to save the game, return to the main menu, and reload the save to fix the problem.
xbox360 If modded with the protective sheath, it will be stuck in a glitched condition when the weapon's condition is at 100%. This can be fixed by repairing it with an other katana, or a one-handed melee weapon with the Jury Rigging perk.
Katana with a black grip and a polished blade (katana authentic blade modification).
Katana with a red grip (katana balanced grip modification).
Katana with a red grip and a polished blade (katana balanced grip and katana authentic blade modifications).