With beautiful artwork on the Kashira contrasted with a simple Tsuba, this Katana's steel also bears the Hamon line of a clay tempered sword as well as the mottled pattern of legendary Damascus steel.
Blade: The blade of this sword is hand forged and finished with 12 stages of polishing and sharpening, Shitaji togi & Shiage togi. The steel used is high quality carbon steel, which is very pure, and keeps its edge very well.
Folded Steel: This blade had been folded eleven times, creating 2048 layers. This traditional sword forging method involves repeatedly heating, hammering and folding the swords steel. The effect of this work evens out and homogenises the carbon content, making for a stronger, more flexible blade.
Clay Tempered: The blade has been clay tempered in order to harden the cutting edge while still allowing the spine to remain flexible. The tempering process imbues the blade with a distinctive Hamon (blade pattern).
Please note: 'Damascus' in this case means it is in the STYLE of damascus steel. Real damascus steel no longer exists in production, and can only be seen in museums. More information on this can be found in our sword guide.
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