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This samurai sword's branding is currently in transition from MUSASHI to MUSHA.
During this period the factory is shipping us mixed stock, which means we may have stock marked Musashi, Musha, or both, at any given time.
The sword itself has not changed. It remains the same sword which has been produced for years, made by the same master swordsmiths and using the same materials. The only change is with the brand marked on retail box, seppa, habaki or hang tag (if any).
Please contact us with any questions about this sword or the branding process.
Part of our Mother of Pearl series, the Phoenix & Bamboo katana easily stands out in a crowd. Mother of pearl is painstakingly inlaid on both sides of the saya forming a bamboo and flowers pattern. Completely smooth, the pattern is under the glossy lacquered finish. No two swords are the same!
Both sides of the blade are engraved above the hamon, featuring a large phoenix and the Japanese ancient warrior symbol. The phoenix tsuba is hand polished to create a two-tone finish. All matching Phoenix and Bamboo fittings!
The thick blade is forged from High Carbon Steel using the traditional Muku-kitae method. The hamon and 55 HRC blade hardness are formed with the water temper process. During production the blade is hand honed for an impressively sharp edge, inspected and polished, and coated with protective oil.
These models come with a highly detailed copper tsuba and brass fuchi and kashira. Formed using an engraved gold plate, the fittings are then hand aged for highlights. Other details include a hardwood handle with real ray skin, tight cord wrapping, hardwood saya with piano paint finish, and hardwood display box.
Materials and Way of Forge:
- Absolutely stunning workmanship and attention to detail.
- Traditional hand forge Muku-kitae method.
- High carbon steel blade with water temper process.
- 55 HRC blade hardness.
- Real ray skin wrapped grip with black cotton cord wrap.
- Extremely sharp hand honed edge.
- Copper tsuba with gold plate engraved process.
- Brass Fuchi and Kashira.
- Includes hardwood storage box, sword bag, and cleaning kit!
- Current stock has Musha branding and does not include the envelope or certificate which is shown in the image below.
- Completely handmade samurai sword.
- Hardwood scabbard with high quality piano paint finish.
- 41.5 in. overall, 28.25 in. blade, 11 in. handle.
- The factory no longer ships this item with a Certificate.
- Includes hardwood case with velvet lining, cleaning kit, 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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