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Kris Cutlery Folded Steel Shirasaya Katana - Semi-Gloss Wood Finish - KRSSSKTF2
Kris Cutlery Folded Steel Shirasaya Katana - Semi-Gloss Wood Finish
 

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Overall Length: 38 1/4'' Blade: 28''
$224.95

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Blade: 1060 & 9250 Folded High Carbon Steel
Weight: 1 lb 15.3 oz
Edge:  Sharp
P.O.B.: 6 3/4''
Thickness: 7.8 mm - 4.9 mm
Width: 31.4 mm
Grip Length: 9 7/8''
Pommel: N/A
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This Shirasaya mounted Katana crafted by Kris Cutlery has a folded steel blade forged from both 1060 and 9250 high carbon steels. The blade has about 240 internal steel layers due to this folding process. The folding of the steel has left a distinct, grain-like pattern along the blade that looks akin to rippling water. Traditionally Japanese smiths worked and folded their steel billets to improve the steel that they created from the low quality of iron available. High quality, pure steel is available to swordsmiths today which makes this a redundant process, but the artful quality and traditional craftsmanship techniques and appearance of folded steel is undeniably attractive to many. The edge of the blade has been compacted during the folding process, which made the layers thinner and condensed and gave the edge an increased hardness bringing it to 66 HRC. This harder edge aids in keeping the edge sharper over time than softer steels.

The grip is crafted from a light-toned hardwood and the blade tang has been pegged in place with a pair of bamboo mekugi. The saya is of a matching wood and the wooden scabbard and grip have been finished with a semi-gloss coating. A black synthetic band is at both the mouth of the scabbard and the collar of the grip to prevent the wood from splitting in that area.



Japanese blades that were not to be used for some time were often removed from their typical ‘’Koshirae’’ mountings of tsuba and wrapped tsuka, and mounted into the featureless Shirasaya. Standard Koshirae arrangements were prone to accumulate moisture over time, hence the placement of the blade into the simple and protective Shirasaya. Though Shirasaya mounting is primarily for storage, the blade is securely affixed and can still be used if necessary. However, this is ill-advised as the hand may slip onto the exposed blade during an impact.





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