The Forged Samurai Swords

Posted: September 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

Traditional Samurai swords are composed of a relatively soft steel core exposed at the blade edge and reinforced with a harder steel casing. The steel is then heated, shaped and honed to a razor-sharp edge in what is historically a meticulous and time-consuming process.

The steel is folded in on itself multiple times during the forging process to improve strength and create a fine, distinctive grain, which is unique to each piece and can’t be achieved in models stamped from a mould.

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A signature trait of forged Samurai swords is the unique crystalline pattern (also call the “hamon” or “blade pattern”) that forms at the blade edge as a result of molecular changes in the steel during the differential heating and hardening processes. Another is a carefully calibrated balance that allows the sword to withstand repeated use and gives the swordsman greater control in wielding.
A historically accurate forged Samurai sword will have a wooden scabbard reinforced at the opening with a ring made of water-buffalo horn, metal fittings made of steel, copper, silver or gold and a handle wrapped first with ray skin and then with either cording or leather in a traditional pattern.

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