This is the third in the series of Limited Edition katana from
Citadel Knives and Swords. Each sword is signed by the smith on the
nakago with the sword number, limited to 100 swords before the model is
Click here to read about how these high quality samurai swords are made.
This rendition of the classical bamboo themed katana is a light and
fast sword. Hand forged from imported European DNH7 high carbon steel
the differentially hardened blade features a "bo-hi" or fuller to
lighten and balance the blade without sacrificing strength.
This is an extremely collectible and capable sword.
The tsuba is hand cut and engraved from pure iron. The "nanako" or
stippled pattern on the tsuba is accomplished by hand, quite a feat of
patience with a stunning result. The tsuba also features "seki-gane",
metal inserts at the top and bottom of the hole for the blade to slip
through. These are of a softer metal (copper) than the iron of the tsuba
and allow easier shaping of the hole to perfectly fit the tsuba to the
blade. Over time if this fit becomes loose or the tsuba is fitted to
another blade the seki-gane may be adjusted easily to tighten it back
up. This is a small detail usually only found on hand-made Japanese
tsuba and is indicative of the level of care and craftsmanship given to
these swords by Citadel.
The "tsuka" or handle and "saya" or scabbard are hand carved to fit
each individual blade ensuring a proper fit. The handle is wrapped in
genuine imported silk form Japan and tightly wrapped around the full
same-gawa or ray skin wrap around the wooden core. The saya is lacquered
in black to a nice semi-gloss finish with a ray skin wrap near the
mouth of the saya to strengthen this area.
In hand this sword feels as if it is a natural extension to your arm, a truly exceptional experience.
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