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Musashi 8,000 Layer Damascus Look Chris Zhou Japanese Katana Sword
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The Kami are deities in Japan. Influenced by Shintoism, the Kami can take the form of a "God" similar to the Greek Gods, or they can also be the embodiment of a natural occurrence such as the spirit of a tree or a pond. In Japanese the word Kami is honorific and implies a respect and nobility to the spirits. It is also interesting that Japanese Shintoism believes that this spirit lives in all living beings, including humans.
The Katana includes: A Sword Bag, Collectors Box, and Certificate of Authenticity.
Overall Length: 40.5 "
Blade: Razor Sharp
Blade Length: 28.875 "
Blade Material: Damascus Look Pattern Welded Steel
Tsuka Length: 11.25 "
Hardness: 60 HRC
Blade Width Length: 1.125 "
Fittings: Brass & Copper
Blade Thickness: 0.25 "
Handle Material: Ray Skin & Silk Ito
Accessories: Sword Stand, Sword Bag, & Certificate of Authenticity
Blade: The blade of the sword has been constructed similar to the lost Damascus Steel folding technique. By hand the sword smith painstakingly stacks and forges individual layers of steel. This technique can be easily seen by the unique patterning of the steel on the blade. Traditionally this wood like grain pattern is known as the Water Mark. This blade has 8,000 Layers. The "Damascus pattern" is very subtle and not treated with any chemicals.
The core steel is is a medium carbon steel with a high carbon steel jacket.
The blade has been differentially hardened. This is achieved by quenching the blade of the sword.
A clay covering has been used to cover the body of the blade with the Ha (cutting edge) left exposed. The sword was then heated in the forge and dipped into water. The clay covering allows the body of the sword to cool more slowly than the Ha. Due to this process the Ha becomes extremely hard. The actual molecules of the Ha expand, bending back the rest of blade to give the sword its signature curve. This process also creates the hamon of the sword. The spine of the sword has been hardened in the quenching, but still remains flexible in comparison to the Ha.
A Bohi has been added to the blade to lighten it and provide audible feedback when swung.
The tang of the sword has been signed by Chris Zhou and Sam Sung.The blade comes Full Tang and Razor Sharp.
Saya: The Saya is wooden with a black piano lacquer finish. A silk Sageo has been tied around the brass-fitted Kurigata. The Koiguchi has been constructed from black bull horn.
Tsuba: The Habaki is a one piece brass construction with the Musashi logo imprinted into the brass. A brass Seppa secures the blade of the sword in the Tsuba. The actual Tsuba has been constructed from blackened copper. A fierce Kami stands guard on the Tsuba in bold relief.
Tsuka: The Fuchi is brass with Kami (deity) throwing lightning. The Tsuka core is wooden with authentic Same (ray skin) and a black silk Ito tsukamaki. A single bamboo Mekugi secures the tang of the sword in the Tsuka. Two brass Menuki can be found on each side of the Tsuka. The Menuki are cast in the likeness of swords. The Kashira is brass with the same Kami.
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