Imperial Citadel Katana - Limited Edition of 30
This is the fourth of the Limited Edition katana from Citadel Knives
and Swords. Each sword is signed by the smith on the nakago with the
sword number, limited to
just 30 swords before the model is retired.
Click here to read about how these high quality samurai swords are made.
The Imperial katana is themed in the symbolic flower of the royal
family of Japan, the Chrysanthemum. In addition the golden color of the
handle and saya represent the warrior's courage. A sword fit for an
emperor, or his most trusted general.
This is an exceptionally well balanced sword with a hand forged and
differentially hardened DNH7 high-carbon steel blade. Each blade is hand
polished using traditional stones and powders to produce an authentic
look. This sword features a full length bo-hi or fuller to lighten and
balance the blade. The hi continues through the habaki and into the
nakago, with the copper habaki forged to follow the hi.
Each fitting (guard, fuchi, kashira) is meticulously hand crafted in
pure iron. Each piece is therefore slightly unique and held to a high
standard of excellence.
Citadel is one of only a handful of sword makers worldwide that still produces fittings in this manner.
The tsuka is carved to each individual sword ensuring a tight
friction fit with a full same-gawa wrap. The ito or handle wrapping is
two-tone hand wrapped silk imported from Japan wrapped in a Katate-Maki
or battle-wrap style.
The saya is a work of art in its own right, showing off the masterful
lacquerwork that Citadel is capable of achieving in the excepational
golden metal-fleck style. Each saya is painstakingly hand carved for the
individual sword ensuring a proper snug fit.
An astounding and notable sword, once 30 of these samurai
swords are produced we will make no more. Certificate of Authenticity is
Collect the set; a samurai
wore either two swords (katana and wakizashi) or a long knife (tanto)
with the long sword (katana), the matching Imperial Tanto is also
available to complete your collection.