Kawashima Steel™ Shikomizue Koshirae 1095 HC Forged Clay Tempered Katana Sword

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Warning: Not a toy!

Kawashima Steel™, forged by hand in Japan, with clay tempered Hamon. Hand sharpened with a Japanese whetstone. You can clearly see the randomized pattern of folding and clay tempering on the blade, it glistens in the light. That is how you will know it is real. Also, 1095 High Carbon Steel is not a common metal to find on an average sword. 1095 steel is reserved only for the best swords and can only be crafted with very particular attention to detail. Handforged precision is required to make a blade as hard and sharp as this.

Shikomizue Koshirae is actually a sword mounting (or handle and Saya design) that appears to be a bamboo stick when sheathed. Originally, in the Meiji Era Japan, Samurai swords had been outlawed, and some Samurai carried around bamboo sticks as practice or dueling instruments. Of great notoriety, some samurai carried a sword that looked like a bamboo stick, like this Shikomizue Koshirae. It was the easiest way to follow your order or the Bushido Code without a high profile.

Essentially, this sword has a blade which was forged in Japan, by the famous Kawashima blacksmith, but it was not assembled in Japan. Instead, we had the blade exported to another country and there the Tsuka, Saya, silk bag, cleaning kit, stand, and box were added to complete this set. If the set was assembled in Japan, there would be expensive registration and royalties paid and putting the cost up around $1500-$2000 dollars. So basically, you get the cutting power of Japanese steel at an affordable price point.

This is the real thing! Well balanced and fully functional. Suitable for Tameshigiri, and real cutting, etc.

Package Includes:
1 Assembled Katana.
1 Silk Katana Bag.
1 Wooden Katana Box.
1 Cleaning Kit.
1 Glossy Katana Stand.
1 Reference Guide.

Overall Length (with Saya): 41.5 Inches
Weight (with Saya): 3lb 1.6oz
Weight (without Saya): 2lb 7.6oz
Blade Length (with Habaki): 29 Inches
Blade Material: 1095 High Carbon Steel, Folded, Hand Forged in Japan
Blade Processing: Proprietary Process, Hardened, Forge Heat Cycling
Blade Edge: Sharpened by Japanese Whetstone, Honed, Clay Tempered, Real Hamon, Polished
Blade Hardness: Over 60 HRC
Blade Thickness: 7.85mm
Tang: Full Tang, Dual Mekugi (peg), Single Exposed Peg, Single Shrouded Peg
Tang Length: Appx. 9.75 Inches Including Guard w/ Fittings
Tsuka (Handle) Length: 11.6 Inches
Tsuka (Handle): Genuine Hardwood, Bamboo Appearance
Kashira: Handmade Solid Brass
Saya (Scabbard): Genuine Hardwood Exterior, Waxed Interior, Glossy Lacquered Stain Finish
Includes: Sword, Saya, Cleaning and Oil Kit, Silk Bag, Wooden Box, Display Stand, Reference Guide

Item Number:   RFS-002  

Shipping/Package Specifications
Length: 48
Width: 10
Height: 10
Pounds: 8
Ounces: 0.00000
*note: weight & dimensions are for shipping and estimation.

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