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Imperial Forge Limited Edition Folded Steel Katana - IF1000LTD
Limited Edition of 1000

Imperial Forge Limited Edition Folded Steel Katana

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Overall Length: 42 1/8'' Blade: 30''
Retail Price:$1,399.00

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Blade: 1080 High Carbon Steel
Weight: 2 lb 11 oz
Edge:  Very Sharp
P.O.B.: 6''
Thickness: 8.1 mm - 6.1 mm
Width: 36.2 mm
Grip Length: 12''
Pommel: N/A

Limited to a production run of 1000 is this folded steel katana from Imperial Forge. The 1080 high carbon steel has been folded 14 times to produce 16,384 layers of steel within, leaving a ‘’Hada’’pattern akin to flowing water running the length of the blade. Katanas were traditionally folded to purge impurities from the steel blooms extracted from iron sands. Modern steel is technically quite pure and this folding process is now done for the aesthetic appeal of traditionally folded steel and the visible results of the craftsmanship involved.

The blade was then differentially heat treated with clay to leave visible ‘’hamon’’ wave of harder steel along the edge. The body of the blade was tempered to a Rockwell Hardness of 44 HRC and the edge is 62 HRC. The blade profile features a thick shinogi to add durability and was created with the practice of Tameshigiri in mind. A half Bo-hi groove reduces weight and will give a louder characteristic whistle of ‘’Tachikaze’’ as the the blade ‘’slices the air’’. The tip has the profile of the medium length Chu-Kissaki.

The tsuba and koshirae fittings are of iron and the wood tsuka is covered in blackened rayskin, and tightly wrapped with red tsuka-ito cord - two menuki lie beneath. The fittings are held in place with bamboo mekugi, whose removal allows for maintenance disassembly or customization. The habaki is of brass and the seppa are of copper.

The wooden saya scabbard is finished with black lacquer and has a matching red sageo cord. The sword comes with a red and gold silk sword bag.

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