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Thaitsuki Tonbo Sanmai Limited Edition Katana - S04LE
Limited Edition of 100
Thaitsuki Tonbo Sanmai Limited Edition Katana
 

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Overall Length: 41 1/4'' Blade: 30''
$2,950.00

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Blade: Folded High Carbon Steel
Weight: 2 lb 5.6 oz
Edge:  Sharp
P.O.B.: 5 7/8''
Thickness: 7.5 mm - 3.7 mm
Width: 33.3 nn
Grip Length: 10 1/4''
Pommel: N/A
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‘’Akitsushima’’ - a very old name for Japan meaning ‘’Dragonfly Islands’’. It is a literal and characterful reference to the many jewel-carapaced dragonflies that dart among the wet rice grasses of Nippon and were thought to bring luck to the harvest. The Samurai, oftimes keen observers of the natural world, called the dragonfly the ‘’Victory Insect’’ because of the prowess by which the swift predator deftly plucked its prey from the air. Many samurai desired to capture and embody the graceful deadliness of the dragonfly for their own martial art and thus adorned the dragonfly upon their weapons and armor.

This Limited Edition Katana by Thaitsuki is richly embellished with the imagery of the respected dragonfly. The hand-sharpened blade is crafted from hand forged and folded Japanese high carbon steel to create a blade with 1,024 internal steel layers. The blade was tempered in the traditional manner with the time-honored technique of applying varied thicknesses of clay to the blade before quenching it into water. The resulting blade has an steel-crystalline hard edge of 60 HRC and a softer, shock absorbing spine of 35 HRC.

Both the layered grain of the hada and the wave-like hamon of hardened steel are clearly visible on the blade surface. The weight from the thickest part of the blade, the spine, has been lessened by giving the blade a long and wide bo-hi groove. This creates a lighter blade without sacrificing much durability - it has a side benefit of producing an audible ‘’whoosh’’ as the blade passes through the air with force - this is called the ‘’Tachikaze’’ (Sword Wind). A trained ear can tell by the variation in the pitch of this whistle where their blade edge is aligned and if their strike is true and properly angled with the edge cleanly on the target.

The tsuba, fuchi and kashira hilt fittings are darkened copper and are complete with dragonflies of silver. Both the seppa and habaki are likewise silver. The wooden tsuka is inlaid with paneled, blackened rayskin and given a pair of silver dragonfly menuki before being completed with a tsuka ito grip wrap of high quality Japanese silk.

The sword is paired with a fitted saya scabbard of carved wood with a finish of deep, dark purple lacquer that is almost black in hue. The Koiguchi, Kurigata and Kojiri fittings are silver, as are the dragonflies that boldly adorn the saya. The saya is completed with a knotted quality sageo of black and pale gold.

Limited to a production of only 100, the sword comes with a signed and numbered Certificate of Authenticity and a silk sword bag.





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