High quality swords online shop? First of all, you can focus on customizing your blade… And it all starts with whether you want your blade sharpened or not. Afterward, you have to choose the blade’s metal, which comes in 6 main types. Then, you can choose whether you want a beautiful, Clay-Tempered Natural Hamon on your blade, available in 8 distinct styles. Afterward, you can add a Blood Groove (Bo-Hi) on the blade, add a colored microplating with one of our 5 available colors, and also engrave your katana’s blade. After the blade, you can focus on the Habaki & Seppa, then the Tsuba & Fittings. These two pieces make the hard finishing of your blade, and there are hundreds of options to choose from, especially for the Tsuba, Koshira, Menuki and Fuchi. Use the filters above the options to filter through our more than 100 types of tsuba and fittings for your custom katana. Read extra information at Swords for sale.
Every single piece of the sword must fit together perfectly. A functional, balanced Japanese sword is the end-result of the Assembler‘s work. Finally, the blade has to be sharpened. Initially, rough, low-grain grindstones are used to sharpen katana blades, and then progressively, finer, higher-grain grindstones are utilised. Once the blade’s entire length is sharpened, the Togishi has to work on the tip (the kissaki), and uses a different technique to make it extra-sharp. Once the saya and tsuka are built, the handle has to be assembled along with the handle guard (tsuba), and blade collars, fuchi, menuki, etc. The handle is held in place to the tang by Mekugi (two small wooden cylinders).
Different forgers use different numbers of layers for their folding process. Moreover, each forger will fold the blade multiple times, up to 30 in some cases. At Swords for Sale, we fold each of our high-carbon blades 13 times – creating stronger, more durable, and aesthetically-pleasing swords. Moreover, high-carbon blades – folded or unfolded – can also be clay-tempered during their heat treatment – creating a beautiful “hamon” pattern. While carbon steels are amazing for swords, there is another type of steel which creates durable and strong blades. One of them is called spring steel – and contains silicon in its alloy. This is a type of steel that is much more durable than carbon steels due to this silicon content.
In order to be usable, a katana needs to have a full-tang blade, meaning the blade has a part of steel going into the handle through the Habaki (blade collar) with a wrap (Ito) over it. That part of steel must be nearly the same width as the blade – which constitutes a full tang. Real, functional swords always have a full tang blade. There are other types of tang, which are of lesser quality and risk breaking when handled. One is the rat tang style, which can be seen in the picture under. A rat tang is usually welded to the blade, and thus is separate to it. While a rat tang might cut costs for the manufacturer, it makes for a much weaker blade. The sword’s handle could break at anytime, especially while hitting harder targets. Rat-tang blades, or any partial tang blades are definitely not recommended for cutting or martial arts practice – they’re wall-hangers.
Stainless Steel: is it a great idea for swords? Stainless steel, often known as inox steel or inox from the French inoxydable (inoxidable), is an alloy of steel with a minimum mass percentage of 10.5% chromium. This chromium content makes it so that the blade oxidises much more slowly – meaning it will not rust. Stainless steel swords require low maintenance and also are more easily sharpened. It’s very widely used to create knives and small cutlery. If the process of oxidation is left unchecked, iron will change into a different iron oxide, or more frequently, rust. If it is exposed to moisture, even a tiny quantity of moisture in the air, the blade will start to rust. By producing a thin film on the iron that essentially blocks moisture, chromium prevents rust.
Are katanas heavy? Different builds have different weights. Most of the katanas built at Swords for Sale are around two pounds – 800 grams to 1kg. Our swords are not that heavy, and should be manageable for most healthy adults to use. However, different swords have different weights. For some, handling a tachi or a naginata might be much harder than a tanto or a wakizashi. How long is a katana? The katana is usually 41” (104.1cm) in total length. Its curved blade is 27.7” (70.4cm) and its handle is 10.5” (26.7cm). However, the length can vary slightly with different kinds of blade tips, handles, and forging processes. Moreover, each smith can create his own length and set his own standards – this is why all knives and swords are different. We have our own set of lengths, which we share here. Discover even more information on https://swordsfor.sale/.