Hand-forged Katana swords online store by SwordsFor.Sale? Microplating your blade is a wise choice if you don’t plan to use it for extremely heavy cutting and want to add an extra layer of protection on it, which might also help it from rusting as well as enhance its aesthetic. Choose your custom katana’s sharpening options. An unsharpened blade is mainly used when you have safety concerns or for practice. A hand-sharpened blade is razor-sharp and is mainly used for light and medium cutting. An extra sharpened blade with our Niku stone is mainly used for sustained, heavy cutting through hard surfaces. Discover more information on Swords for sale.
Once the blade is finished, it’s finally time to assemble the sword. Usually, it’s a different person from the smith than the smith who does this – the Assembler. Before assembly, the most important thing is to build the scabbard and the wooden handle. Both these parts have to be built with the final blade. The process of building a Saya and Tsuka from hard wood can be pretty tedious and long – it has to be precise since they have to fit perfectly.
Tamagahane steel is always created in a Tatara, a traditional Japanese sword-steel smelter. There aren’t many Tatara functioning in Japan today, and even fewer that produce steel with the grade needed for swords; the Tatara is where Tamahagane is actually manufactured. The foundation costs of making Japanese swords are significantly more expensive than utilizing a flat bar of contemporary steel because of the high costs associated with creating Tamahagane and its limited availability. Tamagahane is distinguished by having a larger carbon content than standard steel, giving it some unique properties. However, using too much carbon would result in a brittle blade, so swordsmiths must discover the ideal ratio. Today’s Tamahagane steel is made with between 1% and 1.5% carbon. In contrast, it often contains between 3% and 4.5% carbon in feudal Japan.
It’s a much better steel for a functional than for example, stainless steel – which is often used on decorational swords. Stainless steel is a very hard type of steel – which can become brittle and gets easily damaged under impact. It is, however, easy to maintain and care for – it can hang on the wall for a very long time. Now, some swords that are in fact “wall-hangers” are also made of High-Carbon steel. This is where we have to look beneath the surface. More precisely: under the handle wrap and its wooden core.
While Stainless steel sounds like a good idea because it requires little to no maintenance, it is not, in fact, ever used to create functional swords. It is only used for wall-hangers and unsharpened swords that are in many cases not even fit as bokken – for martial arts practice. This is because these swords are too hard and brittle – they can easily break at the worst moments. The chromium content helps maintain the blade’s quality – but it is not fit for the battlefield or any kind of longer blades. Therefore, stainless steel is a good idea for maintenance and wall-hanger swords, and also for small cutlery and knives. However, it is not fit for true, authentic Japanese swords – such as those here, at Swords for Sale.
One by one, each sword is hand-forged, assembled, and reviewed by swordsmiths, blade polishers, and sword assemblers over the course of weeks. The blade is always the longest thing to make. The steel has to be selected, forged and perhaps folded (for the beautiful “Damascus” pattern), and can also be clay-tempered to create a beautiful natural hamon line. This is just an introduction to the first, rawest aspect of creating a custom blade. To see all the parts at play, please visit our custom Japanese swords products. Find extra details on https://swordsfor.sale/.