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Specifications of an ideal Katana
The Japanese katana sword has for ages being taunted as the best sword ever
made probably due to its cutting capability, beauty and durability. Unlike what
you probably think, the sword did not sprang into being from sketching by a smith
many decades ago. Any sword enthusiast with profound knowledge of the swords
will attest to the fat that the katana sword was as a result of centuries of changes
followed by refinements. There are unlimited factors that may have influenced
the design and the manufacturing process of these katana swords. Take a sneak
peek here to see how this sword started off and where it is today.
There is no doubt that the sword making techniques have changes with the
sophistication of technology. But these does not mean that you will not find the
best modern Japanese katana sword in the market made traditionally.
The most important factor to put into consideration when selecting the samurai
swords is the quality of the steel used to make them. In ancient Japan, a great
deal of effort was put in the forging and folding of the sword to remove the
impurities in the steel. The steel used should be in its purest forms to ensure the
sword is strong enough. Even the slightest a distribution of carbon will create a
weak spot in the finished sword. Though the blades are made of steel, they are
usually a bit flexibly and not too rigid.
Forging and tampering
Forging process is what defines a samurai sword. Every real samurai sword in the
market must have gone through the forging process. Unfortunately, most of the
swords in the market today are steel removal sword and have not gone through
the forging process therefore lacking the integrity of a forged blade. When
purchasing a samurai sword, ensure to ask for a forged steel blade.
The main reason why you want your sword to be forged is that it offers the blade
its distinctive uniqueness especially if made by a skilled craftsman. Every forged
blade is a piece on its own and there is no other identical blade in the market.
This is unlike with the modern katana swords manufactured in bulk in factories
where a thousand blades resemble each other.
Forging, although now overlooked, offers the smith to come up with how much
every blades need to be worked upon for the best results. Each piece of steel is
then worked upon and folded repeatedly a process designed to tighten the grain
pattern for better looking blades.