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Kaneie Black Wasp Unokobui Zukuri Katana - Menkyo Class - SE3002BW

Kaneie Black Wasp Unokobui Zukuri Katana - Menkyo Class

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Overall Length: 40 7/8'' Blade: 30 1/8''
Retail Price:$800.00

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Blade: T10 High Carbon Steel
Weight: 2 lb 7.4 oz
Edge:  Very Sharp
P.O.B.: 6''
Thickness: 7.1 mm - 3.5 mm
Width: 32.3 mm
Grip Length: 9 7/8''
Pommel: N/A

The Black Wasp katana by Kaneie Sword Arts has a blade in the Unokubui Zukuri style - It has a deep, wide Bo-Hi on the bottom third of the sword where it would be thickest. This groove terminates into a sweeping blade body that thins from the shinogi ridge toward the mune spine. This gives the katana blade geometry a cross section more akin to an asymmetrical diamond, as opposed to the more wedge-like profile that is more common. This thinner spine reduces weight whilst retaining overall strength and it brings the overall balance of the sword closer to the grip, making it more agile and responsive.

The Black Wasp is one of Kaneie’s ‘’Menkyo’’ class of blades - a pairing of modern performance steel with traditional Japanese construction. The steel used to create the Black Wasp is T-10 high carbon steel. It has been differentially-hardened, leaving a visible hamon on the blade edge displaying where the hard and soft steels meet. The hamon has been brought out by a fine polish of the blade which has whitened the hamon, making it quite prominent.

The tsuba is of iron and the habaki and seppa are of brass. The fuchi and kashira fittings are crafted of silver-plated brass. The wooden tsuka has panels of blackened rayskin and the grip was overlaid with a knotted ito of black leather. A pair of silver-plated brass menuki are placed beneath the tight ito.

The saya is of carved wood and is finished with a coat of black lacquer. The kojiri and koiguchi saya fittings are crafted from buffalo horn. It comes with an unknotted, braided cord of black Japanese Rayon Silk that can be tied on for a sageo. Comes with a purple cloth sword bag.

Please Note: This katana was part of a limited production run by Kaneie. Supply available is limited

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