Tamahagane, which in Japanese literally means "jewel steel" or "precious steel", is a type of steel made in the Japanese traditional way. Tamahagane is made by smelting iron sand in a clay furnace called "tatara" and mixing it with charcoal to produce steel with various carbon content. This very laborious process takes as much as 3 days. After the smelting process, the tatara is broken and the steel bloom or "kera" is broken and swordsmiths segregate and collect the steels with various carbon contents.
Making a katana from tamahagane requires high level of expertise from the swordsmith. Swordsmiths will laminate the different types of steel collected from the kera to create a sword which has a hard edge, soft core and springy sides.
Ryan1180 is a katana or more specifically a handachi with a blade made of Chinese tamahagane. A handachi or "half-tachi" is a blade with tachi style fittings on the tsuka but has a saya that of a katana. The blade of this sword is hazuya-jizuya polished to bring out the beauty of the blade. It has a sugu or straight hamon and the hada of the blade can be clearly seen. The habaki, seppa, fuchi, menuki and kabuto-gane are all made of chromed brass while the tsuba is silver-plated. The tsuka is made of hardwood and fully wrapped with one-piece genuine rayskin. The saya is made of hardwood and painted with high quality black piano painting. Black buffalo horns are used as koiguchi, kurikata and kojiri. The sword is fully customizable.
|Overall Length : 103cm / 40.6"
|Nagasa(Blade) : 71cm / 27.9"
|Tsuka(Handle) : 27cm / 10.6"
|Motohaba(width near habaki) : 3.15cm
|Sakihaba(width near yokote) : 2.3cm
|Sori(Curve) : 1.9cm
|Kasane(thickness at habaki) : 7.5mm
|Sakikasane(thickness at yokote) : 3mm
|Blade : Chinese Tamahagane
|Saya Material : Hardwood+Buffalo Horn
|Handle Material : Hardwood+Genuine Rayskin
|Tsuba : Copper plated with silver
1) The sword will go with a free sword bag, a set of spare Mekugi(bamboo nail), a wooden stand and a wooden box.
2) Our products are 100% handmade, so specification varies slightly from sword to sword. We appreciate your understanding.