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Katana Samurai Sword
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THE LEGENDARY KATANA for Sale
The Katana is a sword that is intricately woven into the history and honor of Japan and its Samurai class. There are more than a few types of Japanese sword, which are generally classed based on their length and shape. The Katana was somewhat unique in that it was strictly reserved for the warrior class. Taken to the extreme, if a lower class peasant was found with a Katana they could be summerly executed on the spot with no repercussions. It was for these reasons and others that the Katana was considered to be the soul of the warrior.
The katana was mainly a cutting weapon, which it was ideally suited for given its curved blade and razor sharp edge. The sword was often used in combination with a smaller sword (a wakizashi, mostly). The combination of the katana and the wakizashi is known as the daisho, which literally translates to little-big.
HISTORY OF THE SAMURAI SWORD
Though the exact history of the katana is not complete, it is widely believed that the sword was first used during the Muromachi era, which lasted between 1392 and 1573AD. This particular sword was known for its two features – sharpness and an expertly crafted blade. The Katana quickly gained popularity for use in close-combat fighting because of its ability to be drawn and used for attacking in one fluid movement. This capability was facilitated by how the blade was worn, which was hanging from a sash with the edge facing up. The swords at this time where anywhere between 60cm and 80cm.
The katana has a chisel-like point, and historically, a warrior was allowed to use it only when the situation indeed demanded it. If swords were drawn, then blood would likely be spilt.
The combination of a wakizashi and katana could be potent in the right hands. The art of simultaneously using both the swords as niten’ichi (the Japanese word for “two heavens as one”) or nito’ichi (the Japanese word for “two swords as one”) was a skill that few samurais ever mastered.
In the Meiji Era, the samurai class was disbanded; therefore, the use of Japanese swords, including the katana, was abolished. After the World War II, traditional katana production was completely stopped for a period of time.
There is of course much more to the history of the Katana, and more information can be found in this article.
TYPES OF SWORD STEEL
Many kinds of steel can be used to make a katana. If you are looking to collect swords, you should buy the one that best suits your needs. A functional katana made by a trained swordsmith is unlikely to shine. So, if you are looking for a glossy sword, you should look to buy a cheaper stainless steel model. The katana’s real worth is the art and skill that go into forging it, the final product is additionally impacted by the steel that goes into the forging process.
1. 1045 CARBON STEEL
Carbon steel is the most commonly used steel for making functional Katana. However, there are different grades of carbon steel with varying levels of Carbon content, it’s the level of carbon which has the most significant impact on the final sword. One type is 1045 Carbon Steel. The naming convention for carbon steel is an indication of the carbon content. For example, 1045 carbon steel has 0.45% carbon content. These are the most readily available types battle ready katana available, and they are suitable for both beginners and experienced users. If you need a sword that is tougher and stronger, you might be better off with a sword with higher carbon content.
2. 1050 -1055 CARBON STEEL
This is the type of steel that contains 0.50% to 0.555% carbon content. This medium carbon steel katana is stronger and more durable than the swords made from 1045 carbon steel. The blades of these steels are designed in such a way that they are resistant to all kinds of damage and provides a delicate balance between strength and durability.
3. 1060 – 1065 CARBON STEEL
With a carbon content of 0.60% to 0.65%, this type of steel is the best-suited for swords that are intended for significant amounts of cutting. These are quite commonly advertised as battle ready swords because of their quick adaptability to different conditions. With the right kind of tempering, these swords are one of the best that you can use.
4. 1075 CARBON STEEL
Since it contains a very high carbon content of 0.75%, the blades made from this type of steel are very sharp and suited for weapons like knives and axes. The cutting action of this sword is top-class, and the blade is very tough and long-lasting. The only drawback is that they can be more prone to chipping or snapping if mishandled.
5. 1095 CARBON STEEL
For obvious reasons, this sword is considered one of best among all the types, because of its exorbitantly high carbon content (0.95%). With the right kind of tempering, this sword can become incredibly sharp. However, this sword can easily chip and is prone to rust if not cared for correctly.
6. 65MN STEEL
The blades made from this type of steel are quite resistant to wear and tear. The medium carbon content and manganese content in this steel improve the blades suitability for a range of forging methods. Blades made from this variety of steel are common with tools that receive substantial impacts.
7. 1566 SPRING STEEL
You can instantly recognise when a sword is made from the 1566 spring steel because it leaves behind a trademark crystalline microstructure on the blades. It is this structure that provides the much-needed resilience, durability, and compatibility with high-end weapons. This steel contains a very high component of steel and manganese.
8. 5160 SPRING STEEL
If you are looking for affordably priced steel that is extremely tough has powerful & hard blades that have excellent edge-holding capacities, the 5160 Spring Steel blades are a good choice for you. The extra toughness of this steel comes from the chromium mixture added in it. For this precise reason, we see many forgers using this variety of steel in their processes.
9. 440 STAINLESS STEEL
Today, many katana sword collectors opt for this variety of steel, because they are quite cheaply priced compared to carbon steel models. Blades made from this steel can be extremely hard and tough when heat-treated properly. Since there is not much of functionality involved, this steel is a great choice for swords that are purchased exclusively for decorative purposes. The four qualities available in this variety are:
- 440A – Very little carbon content and highly resistant to corrosion and stains
- 440B – More carbon content and harder than 440A and lesser resistant to stains
- 440C – Highest carbon content and strongest of all types
- 440F – High Carbon Content (similar to 440C), but is the machining alternate of the 440 type
10. L6 BAINITE STEEL
This is one of the toughest steel varieties to work with. The process involved with this variant of steel is very expensive; therefore, it is used for making blades that are quite highly priced. Though they are not used on a large-scale production basis, this variety of steel is very much in demand by sword connoisseurs from across the world.
WHAT IS A CLAY TEMPERED SWORD?
If you’ve come across the term clay-tempered, have you wondered what that means? Clay-tempering is the process where the blade is coated with a layer of clay and then subjected to heating and then cooling in a bath of oil or water. The parts of the blade with a thicker clay deposit will cool faster compared to sections with a thinner deposit. It’s this difference in cooling which creates a harder cutting edge and a softer flexible spine, it’s also where the term differential hardening comes from.
HOW IS IT DONE?
The base material of the blade is known as the Tamahagne in the Japanese dialect. This type of steel will generally already contain carbon, the swordsmith will then fold and work the steel in order to homogenise the carbon content. Once the blade has been formed then one of the last steps is differential hardening.
The clay composition that each swordsmith uses is different and are often closely guarded secrets. This coating is predominantly made of clay, but it may also contain other components such as stone powder, ash, and rust.
The blades are coated with a wet mixture of clay and allowed to dry. Care is taken to ensure the thickness of the spine and blade are meticulously accurate.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
The blades are heated and then cooled in an oil or water bath, as the sword cools it will automatically curve back away from the edge while due to different cooling rates caused by the clay, the edge will become hard and tough and the spine will become strong and flexible.
FOLDED STEEL SWORDS
If you are looking katana that are true representations of the rich heritage and culture of the traditional Japanese samurai warriors, you should consider one that is made from folded steel. In this process, the base material of tamahagane (the Japanese word for steel), is hammered out so that the carbon content in the steel is spread out uniformly across the blade. It’s this process of folding, hammering, heating and folding again in order to spread the carbon content which gives folded steel swords their undeniable visual appeal. The tradition is less important today due to modern steel producing processes but this doesn’t detract from the art and skill that goes into a folded steel sword.
CARING FOR A KATANA
You should always hang the katana (if purchasing it as a display piece), with the edge upwards, so that the blade and scabbard are well protected.
We never recommend touching your blade with a naked hand, hands are dirty, moist and salty. However, if you do touch it, you have to remember to clean it right away. The oil, dirt and other particles from your fingers get transferred to the steel of the sword and it may cause your katana to rust. Never test your katana by using it on your fingers or any other object. They were designed to cut flesh; if you really want to learn the traditional samurai style, you need to get trained by a professional. Remember, these aren’t toys.
Here are some of the things that you have to get in advance before you proceed to clean your sword – Choji Oil, soft flannel cloth, Nuguigami, a wiping paper, wiping cloth and uchiko ball.
We need oil in order to prevent rusting of the blade. So, if you don’t have choji oil in your area, you could use normal mineral oil.
The Nuguigami is a special soft tissue paper that works very effectively in cleaning the katana. However, if you can’t find one, you could use a soft paper towel as well.
The Uchiko Ball is a soft silk ball that has finely-ground stone powder inside.
Use a flannel cloth to wipe off previous applications of oil, if any. Then proceed to use the Uchiko Ball on the blade to apply the stone powder on it. Start from the blade’s collar and give the ball a tap at regular intervals till you reach the tip. This will ensure the uniform spread of stone powder. Do this process on both the sides.
Now use the soft tissue, Nuguigami, to clean off this powder. You need to do this carefully from the collar to the tip to ensure thorough cleaning.
Now take a wiping cloth and apply some Chogi Oil on it and clean the blades in the same way mentioned above, so that your blades are clean and free of dust.
We would thoroughly recommend buying a sword cleaning kit.
As we saw in the previous sections, making a katana involves years of hard work, commitment, and skill of the swordsmiths. Since the katana is known as the soul of the samurai warrior, it is only natural that we respect them, isn’t it? We should respect and care for them.