~ Signed c1750 Japanese Katana Sword ~
The sword is a 18th century revival of the 16th century style with two holes in the tang. The blade keeps the original length and the polish is perfectly preserved.
The tang is stamped with the makers name which is clearly visible. Translations welcome.
On the blades edge can be seen very clearly the hamon, formed when clay was used in the cooling process of the metal - where the coat of clay was thick, the steel would cool more slowly, and this would make it flexible.
The technology of manufacturing a blade required giving the edge a thinner coat of clay, which allowed it to cool very quickly, a process that made the edge even harder.
The sword comes with beautiful well preserved golden fittings. The Kasira (the pommel) and fuci (the ring between the grip and guard) are painted black with unpainted brass dragon decorations in high relief.
The Suba (the guard) has traditional Japanese 'dragon fire' engravings.
Habaki (the rain guard) is from polished copper.
The Saya (the scabbard) is made of black laquered ribbed bamboo and on the top can be seen its original sagiyo (a sort of wrapped string) used to bind it.
The grip is of bound snakeskin.
~ Dimensions ~
The length of the blade is 29.2 inches (74 cm), including the tang under the grip.
The overall length of the sword is 33.2 inches (84 cm).
The scabbard length is 27 inches (68.5 cm) and the overall length of the sword and scabbard is 36.2 inches (92 cm).
It weighs 1.04 kg.
~ Condition ~
The blade is in excellent condition with almost no signs of wear. It has few minor pits on one side from the folding process.
The fittng are in excellent order.
A beautiful well balanced piece.
The scabbard was cracked at one point in time and a small part of the top is missing.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £22 or the sword can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.