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Painstakingly handcrafted sword, using only the finest materials for spectacular visual allure and tremendous potencyThe katana has a hand-forged 28 1/4”, clay-tempered T10 high carbon steel blade that is incredibly sharp and perfectly balancedThe wooden handle has been traditionally wrapped in genuine rayskin and black cord with brass menuki and a black pommelThe highly copper and brass tsuba is a, circular design with a mottled texture and the blade extends from a brass habakiThe 41” overall katana slides smoothly into a black lacquered wooden scabbard with traditional black cord-wrapping
Using the age-old process of clay tempering, to forge swords that have the perfect balance of strength and flexibility, has been completely perfected by our swordsmiths at Sokojikara. The Night Thief Katana has a sleek, secret feel with its midnight black lacquered wooden scabbard and dark accents - an elegant addition to our Sokojikara family of swords. The katana has a 28 1/4”, T10 high carbon steel blade that was expertly hand-forged, assuring you that it’s incredibly sharp and perfectly balanced. The wooden handle has been traditionally wrapped in genuine rayskin and black cord with brass menuki to complement the decorative black pommel. The copper and brass tsuba is a circular design with a mottled texture and the blade extends from a brass habaki. The Night Thief is heirloom-quality and built to be treasured by generations of your descendants - your legacy preserved in hand forged steel.
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I had a damascus katana for the last three years. But, I wanted to try a T10 blade.
First thing out of the box was to compare the two side by side. The T10 is only 3/4 inch longer than the damascus but weighs 12 ounces more.
Ten minutes later it was out for the first test cuts. One and two inch pine trees were clean cut from a mid ready position. The three inch
tree required a second cut. I had expected as much. A touch of the stone is normally needed on a new blade. The heavier, straighter blade
needs more follow through and more input for the same speed. No whiffle in the air, no bend from a short stop in the thicker tree. Nice.
Then the Iaido draw and cut which had me worried. Twelve ounces is a big difference. The first leaf cut was four inches high. A terrible
miss. It only took six more draw and cut to have the first lateral and second vertical cut within a quarter inch of aim point. Acceptable
accuracy for two cuts in less than two seconds including draw.
I gave the damascus to my son.
This blade has a great midare hamon, and the mekugi, and handle are very nice. I switched tsuba to use the other tsuba for another project, and the tang shape was clean, and the tsuka fit perfectly. It was tight enough where it was still strong, but not dangerous to remove. I white vinegar etched, and I have little to no doubt that the hamon real. Hamon came out smoother and brighter. Steel etched in a way that showed it was a higher carbon content, believably t10.
The sword preforms in every way to it's depiction. It is definitely oriented towards cutting, but is s good decoration regardless. It definitely has a good edge, so handle with caution. Good tachikaze. Would recommend as a first sword.