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Functional Katana Swords
The top sword of Japanese origin is the Katana. The katana featured a long blade that had a natural
curve that it attains during the heat treatment and quenching process. The Japanese swords are
being sought after even today by collectors of swords as well as those who engage in martial arts
practice. When you are buying a sword for decoration, you can go in for sword blades that are made
of ordinary steels or even stainless steel. But, if you are buying it for practice. The sword has to be a
functional one. The japanese katana made of carbon steels are ones that can qualify as functional
swords. Check out https://samuraiswords.store
Features of a functional Katana blade
Though blades of swords are made using different materials and processes, the Japanese katana
blade should fulfill certain criteria to qualify as authentic japanese katana blade.
Made of carbon steel
The functional blade has to be made using carbon steel because it is almost pure steel and has an
even distribution of carbon. Carbon is the element that makes the otherwise soft and malleable
steel into a hard and durable steel that is fit to be forged and sharpened into a Japanese katana
blade. Likewise, the carbon steel used for making a katana blade should have a carbon content of
atleast 45%. If the carbon content is lesser than that, the blades won’t last.
Full Tang construction
A functional blade must be of a full Tang construction. The tang is the portion of the blade that
extends into the handle and in a full tang construction the tang passes right to the tip of the handle
and is secured there with sword pins. The japanese katana and most of the Japanese swords feature
a full tang construction.
Differentially heat treated
The heat treatment is the process that brings out the properties of the steel. A poor steel can
produce anexcellent blade through proper heat treatment, while a high-quality steel could be
rendered useless if the heat treatment is not proper. A good heat treatment includes factors such as
the use of right temperature for forging depending on the type of steel used, which quenching
medium has to be used. The length of time for which it has to be heat treated etc.
Folding is a process that the swordsmiths skip with the introduction of quality steel in modern times.
But only when steel is folded over, again and again, you will get the fine grains that you can see
when you view the cross-section of the sword and that adds to the strength of the blade, too.
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