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Hanwei Kaeru Frog Katana - SH2467

Hanwei Kaeru Frog Katana

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Overall Length: 39 1/8'' Blade: 27 3/4''
Retail Price:$1,500.00

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Blade: K120C Swedish Powder Steel
Weight: 2 lb 7.1 oz
Edge:  Very Sharp
P.O.B.: 4 3/8''
Thickness: 7.1 mm - 5.1 mm
Width: 32.4 mm
Grip Length: 11 3/8''
Pommel: N/A

In Japanese, the word ‘’kaeru’’ for frog is pronounced the same as the word for ‘’return’’. Thus, the frog is a symbol of good luck and the assurance that travelers, loved ones, precious objects and even money will ‘’come back’’ and return. A samurai might have his katana adorned with the frog to help ensure that he will persevere in his trials and return to his lands and clan.

This Katana from Hanwei features the frog prominently on its tsuba and koshirae fittings alongside lillies and water ripples - all detailed in an array of gold and silver over black iron. The blade is hand forged and the powdered steel is folded to produce thousands of layers within the steel, leaving a pattern like flowing water faintly running the length of the blade. A bo-hi groove runs the length of the blade, reducing its weight and creating the whistle-like ‘’Tachikaze’’ sound as the blade ‘’cuts’’ the air. The tip is fashioned in the form of the medium-length Chu-Kissaki shape. The habaki and seppa blade fittings are fashioned from brass.

The wood tsuka handle is covered in white rayskin and wrapped with dark blue Tsuka-Ito of Japanese cotton. Koi menuki, symbolizing perseverance and stoicism, lie beneath the ito wrapping. The tsuka fittings are pinned in place with traditional bamboo mekugi, their removal allows for maintenance disassembly and customization. The wood saya scabbard is finished on deep black lacquer. Its kojiri, koiguchi and kurikata fittings are of polished buffalo horn. A silk sageo of dark blue and gray-green is knotted onto the saya. The sword comes with a black cloth sword bag and a wood-boxed traditional maintenance kit.

Blemished versions below have issues with scabbard dents or laqure issues. Overall pretty minor. Swords are fine.

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