Musashi - Folded Elite - Samurai Warrior Katana
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    The Musashi forge is known for consistently producing functional and stylish katana swords with an amazing value combined with stunning performance.

    Our new Folded Elite series continues to raise the bar by offering differentially hardened folded steel blades combined with unique fittings. Completely handmade with close supervision and attention to detail, these swords are designed to be collection and dojo center pieces.

    Both 1045 and 1060 high carbon steel are fixed together and folded eleven times resulting in 4096 layers. The steel is then shaped into the blade geometry and clay tempered to produce differential hardness and a true hamon line. The temper process also produces an edge hardness of 58RC. Now in its final stage of production, the blade is hand honed for an impressively sharp edge, highly polished, inspected and coated with protective oil.

    Musashi Samurai Warrior Katana Detail

    The hamon line detail is on the multi-steel layered blade. The hamon line distinguishes between the harder edge steel and the more flexible spine steel, marking where the metal changes its hardness. The layers of steel are made visible along the hamon line, resulting in a beautiful and unique layered wave hamon.

    Musashi Folded Elite blade detail without Bo Hi

    Product Specifications:

    • Fully functional samurai sword work of art.
    • Stunning workmanship and attention to detail.

    • Folded high carbon steel Damascus blade with 4096 layers.
    • Clay tempering process with water quench.

    • 58 RC edge (HA) hardness, 42 RC spine (MUNE) hardness.
    • Hamon and hardness created with temper process.
    • Real hamon, not wire brushed or printed.
    • Real ray skin with cotton/nylon cord wrapped grip.
    • Brass Tsuba, Fuchi and Kashira.
    • Extremely sharp hand honed edge.
    • Highly polished blade.
    • Handmade sword.
    • Hardwood handle with dual bamboo pegs.
    • 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, black sword bag and cleaning kit.
    About Musashi:

    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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    Customer Reviews|Average Rating: 4.75 out of 5

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    Reviewed by dustin lamb on Apr 11, 2012   5 out of 5

    The only thing I can manage to say about this katana is that it is utterly and completely stunning. This thing is gorgeous. The colors really 'pop' when you see it in person and it feels great in your hands. It's definitely battle-ready and sharp as a razor. Be careful when you handle this amazing piece of work.

    Reviewed by Nicholas Pinel on Apr 06, 2012   5 out of 5

    This sword has a beautiful color combination. The silk handle is a gold like color, and the dark red/dark purple saya has some nice graining to it. The tsuba is solid copper, very heavy and solid. The pattern on the tsuba is also well detailed with no flaws. The silk handle is extremely tight, i couldn't even move it if i tried! The blade itself, like others have said, is not "highly polished", in fact, it looks somewhat dull. However, the folds and grains in the hamon line are stunning. This sword has personality! The box is pretty nice as well, comes with a cleaning kit too. Well worth $200, probably more. Thank you Musashi Swords and thank you!

    Reviewed by Kieran Howard on Feb 10, 2012   5 out of 5

    beautiful. simply beautiful. great carrying box. amazingly heavy. beautiful hammon and folds. easily worth 300 or so

    Reviewed by Carrie Shanks on Dec 31, 2011   5 out of 5

    I would just like to say first off that the guys at True Swords are very knowedgeable courteous and prompt. Now about this katana that I purchased. I have looked at literally hundreds, from the range of $150-$800. I received mine today a week early, and immidiatly fully disassemble it, the quality of this sword is extremly high, all the fittings are tight the craftmanship is top of the line, the blade is razor sharp, very strong well made Katana. A steal at this price.

    Tony M, Oregon

    Reviewed by Charles Wang on Dec 28, 2011   4 out of 5

    The polish is not quite "highly polished", but that is typical of "damascus" style blades; the finish is a very cloudy mirror finish, and probably equivalent to what you could achieve with a steady hand and 1000-1500 grit wet/dry. The hamon and fold lines are definitely crisp and beautiful however and might have been obscured with a finer polish.

    The cord wrapping on the handle had an exceptionally thick weave and seemed almost like nylon wrappings I've seen on practice swords. The handle felt a little thicker than those of most other production katanas as a result, but the grip is great overall.

    The balance is EXCELLENT, about 4.5" from the tsuba (contrast that with the 5-7" typical of many other production katana of similar dimensions). As a result the blade feels very lively and responsive but controllable when swung.

    The fittings were very tight, attractive, and well assembled. I have not yet subjected the sword to extreme shocks and impacts, and am not likely to do so; I am sure they would loosen under duress, but no sword is meant to be subject to extreme abuse.

    My only complaint is that the sword was not fitted perfectly to the scabbard, and so if it is shaken it will rattle slightly. Not the worst thing in the world, and certainly acceptable for the price range.

    Overall, an excellent sword for the price range. I only wish the scabbard were tighter.

    Reviewed by donald carroll on Nov 06, 2011   4 out of 5

    I've had the sword now for a week. Here are my thoughts;
    Shipping: third sword I've purchased from TS, and once again it only took 3 days!
    Box: Beautiful albeit somewhat flimsy.
    Saya: Way better than the pic! It was closer to purple than brown with a brilliant speckle coat.
    Tsuba, etc: Very elegant and well fitted.
    Blade: Very sharp out of the box, and razor shard after a little honing. Beautiful REAL hamon. Not a bright blade, but that's due to the polisher allowing the folds to come through.
    Performance: Great balance!!! I've cut bamboo, aluminum cans, and water jugs (yes, I know...but I'm a kid at heart,) and there's not a scratch on the blade!
    So, why not 5 stars? Because, I am a serious martial artist, and I want to give an accurate review. I'll save my 5 stars for a museum quality katana.
    Overall...$200 very well spent! Thanks TS and thanks Musashi Brand...I'm very satisfied.

    Reviewed by Mike McDermott on Aug 12, 2011   5 out of 5

    Ill have this sword tomorrow and from what i hear its excellent, i mean 4096 folds, thats awesome!

    Reviewed by antonnie wylepski on Jul 17, 2011   5 out of 5

    This is a very well made sword. The lines are crisp and the edge is very sharp. Its well worth the money for the workmanship. Two bad the scale only goes to five stars. This is a ten all the way.

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