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Dragon King – Pine Crane Wakizashi


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The Pine Crane Wakizashi melds two strong symbols of Japanese culture for honor, loyalty, authority, divine protection and long-lived wisdom into a single sword. It makes a fine blade on its own or as a completed daisho set with the Pine Crane Katana.

The blade is forged from T10 high carbon steel and was differentially tempered in the traditional manner to produce a hardened edge, visibly seen along a flowing hamon. The habaki and seppa mountings are silvered and the tsuba, fuchi and kashira hilt fittings are vibrantly detailed bronzed fittings – the top of the Crane’s head is detailed in brass on the tsuba. The wooden tsuka grip is bound in knotted black tsuka-ito cord; the grip panels are genuine rayskin and a pair of silvered crane menuki are fitted beneath the folds of the wrap.

The saya scabbard is wood with a dark brown textured lacquer coating paired with a striped black finish at its throat. A copper flecked sageo cord in a charcoal hue finishes the scabbard. A cloth sword bag is included. There is a thumbnail link on this page to the matching Pine Crane Katana.

Regal and endowed with the wisdom of a millennia are both the Crane and Pine in Japan and thus they have both been artfully melded into the symbology of this Katana. The Red Crown Crane holds a magnanimous perch in Japanese culture. Traditionally believed to live a thousand years the Crane stands well above the other birds in both stature and reverence and thus it is a symbol for wizened authority; One word from the Crane is a Japanese idiom for a final judgement on a matter that is not to be challenged. A strong symbol of honor and loyalty, the Crane mates for life.

In Shinto the Pine Tree is often planted near the front gates to a shrine or temple, for it is believed that the Pines can invite the spirits of heavenly-descended gods to dwell within them. For this the Pines are thought be imbued with longevity, power and ancient wisdom.

Crane and Pine stylistically entwined; this Katana give it deep roots to Japanese cultural symbolism for duty, honorable authority and heavenly wisdom. All matters of great spiritual import to the soul of the Samurai.

Overall Length28''
Blade Length20'' 13/16''
Weight1 lb 13.9 oz
EdgeVery Sharp
Width29.1 mm
Thickness6.3 mm - 4 mm
P.O.B.3 3/4''
Grip Length5 3/4''
Blade [T10 High Carbon Steel]
ClassBattle Ready
ManufacturerDragon King
Country of OriginChina


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