An embodiment of supreme patience, the Heron inspired samurai with its ability to stand perfectly still, as if in deep meditation. For this it is also a Buddhist meditation symbol. This katana is likewise embellished with the Heron on its handmade brass tsuba and fittings. The blade is of clay-tempered T-10 carbon steel.
The wooden tsuka grip is wrapped in rayskin with woven black tsuka-ito cord wrapped tightly over. Two plant menuki lie within the wrapping. The blade is pegged into the hilt with bamboo mekugi, allowing for disassembly and customization if desired. The wooden saya scabbard is black lacquered with a purple woven sageo. Golden cherry blossoms, representing the fall of the samurai at his height, embellish the saya. The sword comes in a red and black cloth covered gift box with a wood-boxed cleaning kit and a black cloth sword bag
This katana was made in Longquan, China a region central to sword production during the Song Dynasty.
Very good quality. The blade is well made and seems to be properly heat treated. Flexes well and holds a good edge. Comes very well polished and sharp. The hilt is tight and snug, as well as the guard. Fits into the scabbard tightly as well. Everything comes in a cool decorative box with a maintenance kit. Nothing about this sword feels or handles cheap. I’d expect a sword like this to sell for a lot more. I had the opportunity to handle some of their other products, and their quality is just as good. If I’m ever in the mood for a Japanese style sword again, I’ll be looking at swords made by this company.
Elias Katsaros (verified owner) –
I just received this beautiful Katana today, the balance in this Katana is excellent !! And everything else in this Katana , especially the quality is first class, you can not beat the price , thank you Kult of Athena.
Elias Katsaros (verified owner) –
Excellent Katana, very hard steel, beautiful patina, very good balance, very sharp, and I didn’t see any scratches , after when I did cut some thick plastic bottles. ( this is my second review , about this sword, I don’t know if they received the first one) sorry about that.
Matthew Hewett (verified owner) –
I really love this sword. To me, it seems, it’s a Chinese copy of a Japanese copy of an earlier Chinese ‘ Dao ‘ type of sword. It even handles like it, the balance is remarkable , the sword really wants to dance in your hands with fluid motion, It becomes very easy to be one with the Tao with this in your hands. The blade does blade things very well, the cutting parts cut, the stabbing bit stabs, and it’s everything I’d expect out of a T10 clay tempered sword.
My particular example came with some minor detractors, though. The blade collar has a tiny bit of play, the hilt wrapping is a teeny bit loose, and the scabbard to blade collar fit is not very snug ( i’ve since remedied that with a wooden shim, though. ) The transport box, while nice, mainly sits with the others in my closet.
Concluding this review, I’d make a proposal on how to improve this particular model: Scrap the whole idea that this is an ‘uchigatana’, and dress the sword in 9th century or so inspired ‘ Tachi ‘ or ‘ chokuto ‘ koshirae. The market for early Japanese weaponry is surprisingly slim, and I feel this blade, if dressed right, would really fit the bill.
Kip Landon (verified owner) –
Absolutely beautiful work on this blade! I am really impressed with how well crafted it is, and I really like how well balanced it seems to be.
The hilt is a slight bit more narrow than the katana I own, which is nice as allows a better one handed grip than on the katana.
The travel box is a nice addition, although I doubt that I will ever use it much.