This Balaur Arms Katana in Shirasaya settings answers the call for a high-quality, clay-tempered blade in the traditional Shirasaya mounting. Many other shirasaya on the market are fitted with lesser blades, which is unfortunate since the simple, clean lines of Shirasaya style mounting deliberately focus attention to the blade – with no other embellishment to distract from the essence of the blade, this is a showcase to the skill of the bladesmith’s art and the deep cultural gravitas of the Katana blade which altogether give the Shirasaya its deadly elegance. This Shirasaya sword has been deliberately left with plain, unfinished wood for the handle and saya scabbard to give you the option to stain, oil, paint or even carve it to your liking – or you can simply let it age naturally!
The blade is forged from tough T10 high carbon steel and its tempestuous Togari hamon clearly shows where the the differing thicknesses of clay were applied to the blade before quenching it to harden the steel edge. The blade edge has a Niku form to give it resilience from edge damage. A geometric Yokote tip shows where the tip is formed into separately angled planes which reinforce the tip with a wedge-shaped form to give it great durability for resisting damage when used to puncture or thrust – a detail often overlooked by many other Katana who use differential polishing to visually simulate this feature. The habaki is crafted from brass and the grip and saya scabbard are well-carved in plain wood, ready to be finished to your liking or allowed to age entirely naturally.
Please Note: Like many other production Katana, some small or light scuffs or scratches may be present on the blade