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Naginata by kerembeyit Naginata by kerembeyit
This is the artwork that I've made for BudK Catalog. They're making swords and all kinds of martial art weapons I guess... So that's a naginata my guy's holding. They wanted a calmed Autumn atmosphere which I very much liked, and I guess I'm getting better with painting snowy mountains:)

I hope you like this one.

Photoshop CS2, UC-Logic PF1209-Pro Tablet
(Approx. 20 Hours)
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Kreationofdarkness Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's perfect
edocsil2b Featured By Owner May 18, 2015
is that a naginata or a nagamaki? we have both of them in japan martial arts such as ninjutsu... :) I love the both of them  ;) great job anyway!
AJSimons90 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
That is a great painting and ever since i saw it in the budk catalog I've always wanted that sword.
Pyrus-Leonidas Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
awesome detail my friend!
StormSnowe Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Er, no. That's a nagamaki.
BIGBOSS9545 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
The blade looks shorter than the handle, and the Nagamaki is of equal length of katana and a staff, the Naginata is a staff with a katana on the tip of it, not including the steel inside the staff. But I don't know, I might be wrong.
StormSnowe Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Yes, the blade in this picture is somewhat (but not much) shorter than the handle. A nagamaki's blade is plus minus equal size to the handle. A naginata's blade is supposed to be able to fit into it's handle twice (plus minus), meaning if this were in fact a naginata the handle should be much longer which it isn't.
Also a nagamaki's design as far as the handle goes is close to that of a katana, which it is in this picture. A naginata is generally described as a polearm weapon and as you said a naginata is a staff (though not exactly with a katana at the tip) with a curved blade at the tip similar to a katana's curved blade, but then slightly more curved at the tip. Just look at the pictures on here and compare:
There you go, just check the description. Comparing that to the picture above this looks like a nagamaki to me.

If this were a naginata in that picture it shouldn't have a katana's handle, but the part where the guy's holding the weapon should be more like a staff and the blade should be shorter and more curved, especially at the tip. Also, a naginata should be much larger in comparison to the person holding it unless the person depicted here happens to be a giant.
kray1 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
It's actually a Chinese design called a da dao (similar to the naginata-like pu dao), which for some reason is all too often misrepresented as a naginata or nagamaki.
CyberianGinseng Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Well the blade looks similar to a dadao. However, of the pictures I've seen, the handle is too long (here it's longer than the blade) and much more like a nagamaki. Looks to me like a hybrid between the two.
kray1 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
In the place I practice Shaolin at there is a very similar weapon to this that people there call a dadao. I believe there are also some historical examples of this type of weapon floating around, and I have seen forms with the 1:1 blade/grip ratio. That being said it may be called something other than a dadao, I do not know.
BIGBOSS9545 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Well, today's society is mistaking items for what they look like and not for what they are. I'm somewhat part of that, sadly. But, you cannot deny that the Japanese weaponry is more than unique.
StormSnowe Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
True. Unfortunately true for the first part, but I still think it's important to know the difference.
fullawesome Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Writer
sorry to be the one to finally point this out but that's not a naginata. A naginata is a pole arm type weapon with a very long grip like that of a spears but with a slashing edge instead of a stabing one. what you drew is more like a nagamaki which is a sword much like the katana but with a far larger grip usually averaging three times the original grip length. great image regardless but as a avid researcher of ancient japanese weaponry and military preferably the sengoku era when the samurai was at it's peak, I had to point this minor flaw out
Celorbrin Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student Photographer
the wolf does not look happy.... or amused
T3ROCKS Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
That is beautiful, love the detail in this
Sharkfino Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Twizzid Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
awesome pic!!!
PHOENIX8341 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
Fubukimaru Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
Awesome, that is all I can tell right now
arcticfox812 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I pulled this up to show my fiance, his response "That's my naginata!" I asked where he got his naginata at, BUDK. I got a good laugh
Raizo-san Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
awesome work XD
POOHEAD189 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Student Writer
shadowthecat971 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
too cool, i love that Samurai look to him. lolz the wolf looks so calm, like.. "oh look we're posing for the camera i'll just hide... here... hehe" beautiful ^^
RowlerMajuka Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Common mistake on the Naginata. That's actually a Nagamaki, which sports a shorter grip as well as a longer and heavier blade.

But I absolutely LOVE the art =D
Sagittarius1992 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
CresentElf Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
I love the mountains. They look terrific.

^_^ He reminds me of my friends late Samurai character.
ChojinRyu750 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
sweet...I saw that in budk :D
Dan-S-T Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I love Samurai armour, it is so artistic in design, a true masterpiece to behold.
Shisaichi Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like your work!
It's very amazing!
All the best !!
Deadpool25mm Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist
wow love ur art , its awesome !!!
Unknown-kun Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
epic warrior
danteas Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
Two words BAD ASS!!!
betencourt Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
DeviantaArtist Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
I am a big fan of the japanise culture....and I like how you have managed to draw it and submit it...and the background is amazing.....IT IS REALLY COOL : )
Beoner Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
The best in my opinion!

I wish I could draw as you do.
HELLGATEMARINE Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is your best Deviation in ur gallery, I think would be a great tatoo
CaptRedJack Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
hmm i have that blade ..its pretty sweet. I don't recall the picture though did they end up using it anywhere?
Dekokatana Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Actually, that weapon is Nagamaki.. not Naginata. Naginata has longer shaft.

Anyway, it looks awesome what ever it is. :D
silent-Princee Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
awesome work
UntitledSpy Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
Very well executed. I love it!
tatacolores Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
whoaaa.... O.O i love it
TheLucciola Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
wow, this is bad, wicked, sick and AMAZING!
mumyf Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
gerçekten inanılmaz bir çalışma.
beni, resmen, benden aldı.
JV-Andrew Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely piece of work, i mean really lovely.

Just one wee point (and please don't take this the wrong way!), but the Samurai appears to be holding a (somewhat short) nodachi sword rather than a naginata polearm. But like I say, that's a great piece of artwork.
StormSnowe Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
You're right about it not being a naginata, but it's not a nodachi either. A nodachi is basically a large katana, but the proportion between the length of the blade and the grip should be more or less the same as a katana's, only larger (or maybe the right word here is longer).
In the picture the grip is about equal in length to the blade. There are no nodachi that look that way. If they do, they're called nagamaki or they're supposed to be called that.
JV-Andrew Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the info... cool :)
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scorpsting Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
looks like CaNaDa. its cool cause its difficult to make a moustached facemask look intimidating when drawing it.
SofieIb Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
siden er sej
Samijabrothers Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
Hwoa! Thats... Avesome!
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