Made by Dynasty Forge, this Ko-Katana has the Nami Waves upon its fittings, the motion of which symbolizes the duality of peace and violence, the changing mood of the ocean and its reflection in the dual nature of the Samurai himself. A Ko-Katana is a smaller form of katana, yet larger than a Wakizashi.
This katana is of the Bushi class from Dynasty Forge and the blade is made from three high carbon steels of 1095, 1080 and 1060 folded together into a single blade. This folding process creates a Hada pattern upon the blade with the appearance of wood grain. The three steels are folded 8-12 times before being differentially heat-treated with clay, the process by which the blade receives its wave-like hamon of whitened harder steel. These folding processes were traditionally done to minimize impurities in steel (the initial quality being lesser than modern steel) and to give it strength and flexibility with a mixture of different steels with these properties. Modern steel purity makes it an unnecessary step to create a strong, flexible blade, but it cant be denied that the traditional process creates unique, attractive swords with a hint of the historical soul of the old ways and methods within them.
After tempering, this blade is machine polished, with the final polishing being done by hand. A deep Bo-Hi groove runs the length of the blade and ends just before the long O-Kissaki tip.The Bo-Hi reduces weight, and will give the characteristic whistle of Tachikaze as it slices the air. The blade is solidly mounted into its tsuka with bamboo mekugi, whose removal allows for maintenance disassembly or customization if desired.
The Tsuba and Koshirae fittings depicting waves are detailed in silver. The tsuka grip is of wood, covered in rayskin same. A woven black silk tsuka-ito is tightly wrapped over the same, with a pair of silvered dragon menuki beneath. The saya scabbard is wood, coated in glossy black lacquer with a matching woven black silk sageo. The katana comes with a blue cloth sword bag.
Please Note: It is common for the lacquer finish of the scabbards to have minor cosmetic blemishing. Also, the Menuki may not match what is pictured as it is common for the manufacturer to use different menuki for different production runs. It is also common for the sword to be configured for a single bamboo mekugi peg to be used instead of two.