A katana is a type of Japanesesword 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.
When dropped, the current model appears as that of the base weapon, whether it is modded or not.[clarification needed]
The Katana's attack speed can get up to six times per second by having a high Melee Weapons skill, the perks Slayer and Ain't Like That Now, the balanced grip, and authentic blade modifications.
It is the only melee weapon in the game with a visible scabbard.
Every time the vendors' inventories are reset, Mick will always have one in stock.
After modding with the protective sheath, dropping this weapon will have both the sheath and the katana drop separately.[clarification needed]
The weapon mods for the katana add a saya (scabbard), and replace both the tsuka (grip), tsuba (handguard) 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.
The sheathe/unsheathe sound effects sounds similar to the sound effects from The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
PCPlaystation 3Xbox 360 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.[verified]
Equipping a different weapon that is holstered the same way will remove it, but sometimes changing weapons may not remove the sheath.
You may have to save the game, return to the main menu, and reload the save to fix the problem.
Playstation 3Xbox 360 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 another katana, or a one-handed melee weapon with the Jury Rigging perk. Also, when asking ED-E to repair the weapon, the condition will degrade every time.[verified]
PCXbox 360 There's a chance that Cliff Briscoe will not have the katana in his inventory or it will sometimes disappear. [verified]