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One of our favorite pieces, the Tiger and Dragon samurai sword is a heavy duty cutter. The 1095 high carbon steel blade is clay forged and the true hamon looks amazing on such a high carbon content blade. 55 HRC hardness of Shinogi-ji, 60 HRC hardness of Ha. The edge is extremely sharp and well defined.
A functional samurai work of art, this sword is completely handmade with close supervision and attention to detail. The copper tsuba offers a 3D effect of the tiger and dragon faces jumping out. The brass fuchi and kashira hardware are hand selected for each assembly by the master smith -- the sword you receive will have unique furniture from other swords in the same production!
Other details include a hardwood handle with real ray skin, tight cord wrapping, hardwood saya with piano paint finish, a Certificate of Authenticity, and hardwood display and storage box.
Materials and Way of Forge:
- Absolutely stunning workmanship and attention to detail.
- Traditional hand forge Muku-kitae method.
- 1095 High Carbon Steel with clay temper process.
- Blade hardness: 55 HRC hardness of Shinogi-ji, 60 HRC hardness of Ha.
- Hamon and hardness created with clay temper process.
- Real hamon, not wire brushed or printed.
- Real ray skin wrapped grip with black cotton cord wrap.
- Carefully painted onto the fittings.
- Extremely sharp hand honed edge.
- Copper tsuba with gold plate engraved process.
- Custom brass Fuchi and Kashira.
- Full tang and battle ready.
- Completely handmade samurai sword.
- Hardwood scabbard with high quality piano paint finish.
- 42.5 in. overall, 29.5 in. blade, 11 in. handle.
- Comes serialized with Certificate of Authenticity.
- Includes hardwood case with velvet lining and black satin sword bag.
Miyamoto Musashi was a famous Japanese swordsman and is believed to have been one of the most skilled swordsmen in history. Musashi, as he is often simply known, became legendary through his outstanding swordsmanship in numerous duels, even from a very young age. He is the founder of the Hyoho Niten Ichi-ryu, or Niten Ryu style of swordsmanship and wrote Go Rin No Sho, The Book of Five Rings, a book on strategy, tactics, and philosophy that is still studied today.
Musashi writes about his first duel:
"I have trained in the way of strategy since my youth, and at the age of thirteen I fought a duel for the first time. My opponent was called Arima Kihei, a sword adept of the Shinto ryu, and I defeated him. At the age of sixteen I defeated a powerful adept by the name of Akiyama, who came from the prefecture of Tajima. At the age of twenty-one I went up to Kyoto and fought duels with several adepts of the sword from famous schools, but I never lost." -Musashi Miyamoto, Go Rin No Sho
It is notable that Musashi died of what is believed to be thoracic cancer, and was not killed in combat. He died peacefully after finishing the Dokkodo ("The Way of Walking Alone", or "The Way of Self-Reliance"), 21 precepts on self-discipline to guide future generations.
After his death various legends began to appear. Most talk about his feats in kenjutsu and other martial arts, some describing how he was able to hurl men over 5 feet backwards, other about his speed and technique. Other legends tell of how Musashi killed giant lizards in Echizen, as well as Nues in various other prefectures. He gained the stature of Kensei, a "sword saint" for his mastery in swordsmanship. Some believed he could run at super-human speed, walk on air, water and even fly through the clouds.
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