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Handmade Odachi swords such as this perfectly showcase the beauty of minimalist design! With a stunning high carbon steel Damascus blade and deep red finish, this piece is no exception.
The intricate layers are the result of folding the steel during production and no two blades will be exactly alike. Once the steel has been folded, it is crafted into the blade geometry, heat treated (tempered), polished and sharpened by hand.
Features include the matching hardwood handle and scabbard with red lacquered finish, black ring accents, full tang construction, and brass habaki.
Measurements: 28 3/8 in. blade, 40 1/4 in. overall.
Shinwa swords are made by hand using traditional methods in the ancient sword-making township of Lonquan. The sword-making history of this town can be traced back to the twentieth year of the Guangxu in the Qing Dynasty exceptional sword making continues there still today. The swordsmiths of Lonquan can apprentice for up to six years before they begin to forge these functional works of art on their own.
Each Shinwa sword is hand forged at temperatures of up to 1,100 °F and continuously heated, folded, hammered and shaped before being oil quenched and then straightened. Damascus steel blades are folded as many as ten times to yield up to 2,056 layers of premium Damascus steel. After quenching the blade is then ground and hand sharpened and polished by the swordsmith on a series of wet stones. Each set of these wet stones contains a finer level of silicate particles, which produces an even sharper edge. In the final stages of this painstaking process, the tsuka is wrapped and tsuba and other fittings are added before a thin coat of oil is added to the blade to prevent corrosion.
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Couldn't be happier the blade is extremely strong for the price and is so sharp I can shave with it I give it two thumbs up an five stars
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