This sleekly serious katana from Musashi has hilt fittings which are uniformly black with a saya scabbard in black to match. The clay-tempered blade with an authentic hamon is forged from 1060 high carbon steel. The spine has a weight-reducing bo-hi groove which lightens the sword to emphasize speed and has the side effect of producing an audible whoosh as the blade cuts the air – the tachikaze.
The two-ring Musashi style tsuba is crafted from iron and the fuchi and kashira are blackened brass. The habaki and seppa are brass and the grip is wood with inlaid panels of rayskin knotted over with black cotton tsuka-ito cord.
The saya scabbard is wood with black lacquer and a black sageo cord.