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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.
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.
- 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.
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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