A Shobu katana has an elegantly formed blade that ends in an uninterrupted sweeping tip. Shobu means Iris – an apt description for the similarity in form between the blade and the leaf of the Iris plant. Most katana have Kissaki tips with a well-defined Yokote – a visible line that marks the beginning of the tip. The Shobu forgoes this for a blade that arcs into an aesthetically natural tip.
The blade of the Dynasty Forge Shobu Katana is crafted from 1060 high carbon spring steel. The sharp blade has been mono-tempered for shock-resisting flex and durability. The simple ring guard, a style espoused by Musashi himself, is crafted of iron, as are the fuchi and kashira grip fittings. The habaki and seppa are of brass. The wooden tsuka grip is wrapped with rayskin and overlaid with black silk tsuka-ito. Two Yajiri arrowhead menuki are wrapped beneath the tsuka-ito.
The wooden saya scabbard is coated with a black lacquer finish and has a matching black sageo cord. The saya has a cap of iron. The sword comes with a navy 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.