FACTORY 2ND STOCK CLOSEOUT:
Please note that this offer is for production 2nds which may have imperfections or defects. All stock is in good working condition, brand new from the factory, and may be used for cutting right out of the box. However, the stock offered with this listing may have production imperfections or other defects which can not be easily corrected. The defects may go unnoticed or may not bother the user.
Known issues with this production include uneven sharpness of the blade, uneven lacquer around the mouth of the saya, undesirable or incorrect hamon pattern, fitting too tightly or too loosely into the saya, or other minor issues. All of these issues will not be present on the stock. In most cases only one of the issues listed will be present and might not be easily noticed.
We are offering these swords below cost and on closeout while we wait for a new 1st hand production to be completed. Supply is limited and can not be back ordered. All stock is selected at random and we can not fill requests as to which type of issue you would like your sword to have. All stock will be inspected to ensure the edge is sharp upon delivery. Given the nature of this offer no returns will be accepted for any reason.
Please contact us with any questions about this offer. The standard product listing for this item is posted below.
The tsuba of Miyamoto Musashi himself!
Current stock features the same clay tempered blade as our Bamboo Warrior Swords.
Part of a new 1060 high carbon series from Musashi, the focus of this production was to forge the best blade possible for under $100. With the result being well within that goal, this blade is nothing short of an excellent value.
Handmade, the blade is thick and comes extremely sharp. Like the more expensive models this blade can even be bent 45 degrees. To keep costs low the tsuba on this model is made with a machine process instead of using a handmade tsuba (as seen on the Elite series). The tsuba and other fittings look very good and are well suited for this model. This sword is well balanced and the tight handle wrap feels great. Comes complete with a black cotton storage bag and Musashi retail box.
Materials and Way of Forge:
- Traditional hand forge Muku-kitae method.
- 1060 High Carbon Steel.
- 55 HRC blade hardness.
- Hamon and hardness created with temper process.
- Real hamon, not wire brushed or printed.
- Real ray skin wrapped grip with black cotton cord wrap.
- Extremely sharp hand honed edge.
- Steel tsuba, fuchi, and kashira; Brass habaki.
- Can be disassembled for care or display.
- Dual bamboo mekugi (peg), hardwood handle.
- Hardwood scabbard with high quality piano paint finish.
- 39 3/4 in. overall, 27 1/2 in. blade, 10 3/4 in. handle.
- Includes black cotton sword storage/carry 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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