The "Wakizashi" or Short Sword was worn with the longer katana, when
the pair matched in theme they were considered a Daisho. However, when
the katana was surrendered upon entering a home the wakizashi was not,
making it truly the side-arm of the Samurai!
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 from 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.
These are extremely limited in numbers to be produced
(20 only!). Each blade is signed on the tang with the model and number
and includes a stamped certificate of authenticity.
These swords are entirely hand-made by Citadel.
Built with Volusion