Best hand-forged Katana swords manufacturer? 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. Read even more information on Custom Katana.
Anyone who tells you they’re selling Tamahagane steel from Asia, Europe or North America are 100% selling you fake Tamahagane. This technique is nearly extinct today – and available only from a few select smiths in Japan whose work is nearly inaccessible. The building process used by Swords for Sale sword builders involves at a minimum 3 people: First of all, the Smelter prepares the raw materials and works exclusively in his furnace. This is a process that takes multiple days to complete. At the start, the Smelter has raw iron ore full of impurities that he refines uninterruptedly (sometimes for up to seven days) with the charcoal of his furnace. At the end, the Smelter has a refined block of steel which he sends to the Swordsmith.
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.
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. See additional information on swordsfor.sale.