In Shintoism, the natural world is infused with the Kami spirits, who are drawn to inhabit landmarks and places of power. It is with this understanding that traditional Japanese culture is infused with an astute respect and attention for the natural world and its events. Dragon Kings Winter Sun Katana is in this respect no mere sword, but a homage to Winter made manifest in cutting steel. It is a part of Dragon Katanas four season-themed katana collection.
The through-tempered and sharpened blade of the Winter Sun is crafted from 5160 high carbon steel. The thick-spined blade with a long, wedge-shaped cutting plane is designed to resolutely cut soft and semi-hard targets in extensive cutting sessions without suffering chipping or edge deformation.
The blackened tsuba has a two snowflakes on a single side; its reverse has a pair of Japanese Macaque Snow Monkeys picked out in detailed relief. The fuchi and kashira fittings are likewise blackened metal and the habaki and seppa have a silvered finish. The wooden tsuka grip is overlaid with rayskin and wrapped with black tsuka ito cord; silvered wintry snowflake menuki are fitted beneath the raykin.
The carved wood saya scabbard is finished with a textured black lacquer and fitted with a black sageo cord. The Koiguchi and Kojiri are of carved and fitted buffalo horn. This sword comes with a protective cloth sword bag.
With its robust blade geometry of through-hardened 5160 steel, this sword is designed to not simply be a themed display katana, but a reliable, and forgiving cutting Katana that resists both edge-chipping and taking a bend when used in lengthy cutting practice against proper targets.