Thursday, December 01, 2005

Practical Katan Sword

The Practical Kanta Sword

Uncompromising QUALITY, VALUE and STYLE are the fundamentals of this reproduction of the legendary sword of the samurai warrior class of feudal Japan.

This sword is designed & manufactured specifically to meet the needs of our clients who want an affordable Japanese-style sword; one that is strongly built to accommodate being used in various martial-arts activities, with an attractive, authentic appearance. This sword is popular because it works, and it looks good doing it, too! It certainly has 'the right stuff' and is economical: this is the best quality katana available today in this price range.

This sword represents the "buke-zukri", or "uchigatana" formal mounting style, the most common type of mounting, incorporating those features essential to Japanese sword traditions.

The core of the grip (tsuka) is solidly molded with a very strong nylon polymer, with a textured (simulated ray skin) surface. It is very tightly wrapped with stout braid (ito).The 'non-slip' textured surface of the core prevents the braid from migrating during handling. The braid secures the steel pommel-cap (kashira), and grip-ornaments (menuki), with steel shoulder-ferrule (fuchi) as a finishing touch. The pommel is fitted with small brass grommets.

This grip construction is very solid and durable; it will not become "loose" over time, thus eliminating a common shortcoming seen in wooden katana grips.

For extra strength, the grip is permanently secured onto the tang (nakago) with epoxy. The tang occupies three-fourths of the total grip length providing optimum security and integrity.

The blade shoulder-collar (habaki), and spacers (sepa) are made of solid brass; while the simple disk hand-guard (tsuba) is made of mild steel with two holes (hitsu & hitsu-ana).

The wooden scabbard (saya) has a traditional deeply lacquered black finish that is so glossy and thick that you can see your reflection in it. The sword seats firmly when fully stowed in the scabbard, yet when drawing it is as smooth as oiled glass, and almost silent; a true sign of quality. A stout lanyard (sageo) is included [shown here tied in a "dress-wrap"].

The a lanyard-cleat (kuri-gata) is fitted with small brass grommets.

The traditional "shinogi-zukri" pattern blade is a very common type, and is popular even among modern enthusiasts; The spine (mune) is of the peaked "ihori" variety.

The forging process is the simple "maru-gitae" method, using modern 1095 homogenous carbon steel alloy stock, which bypasses the metallurgical complications with which traditional smiths had to cope, producing a blade that is a very close approximation of the originals. The blade is tempered (heat treated) in the traditional manner dating from 700 A.D. involving the use of an insulative clay coating, producing a temper gradient from a relatively hard edge (ha) and point (boshi), rated at approximately 60RC, to a softer spine (mune) and tang rated at approximately 40RC.

Of course, the permanent, visible result of this process is the traditional 'irregular' ("o-midari") style temperline (hamon), which can be further accentuated either by weak etching in a mild acid solution, and/or by gentle polishing to a mirror surface to really make it stand out.

Blade Length: 28 1/4"
Overall Mass: 2.50 pounds; 1.12 kilos "
Handle Length: 11"
Overall Length: 39 1/4"
Blade Thickness: 1/4"
Blade width = 1 1/8", narrowing to 7/8" at the point

Made By

Paul Chen


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