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What is a double-edged katana?

Published: 09/02/2022 Comments 0
What is a double-edged katana?

A double-edged katana is a katana that is edged on both sides so both sides of the blade are sharp and can cut.

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Why Samurais Always Carried Two Swords?

Published: 08/11/2021 Comments 0
Why Samurais Always Carried Two Swords?

You might have noticed while watching samurai movies in anime, that samurais all carry two swords. Why do they always have to carry two swords, and why was one shorter and one longer?

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How is Japanese sword tsuba made?

Published: 27/10/2021 Comments 0
How is Japanese sword tsuba made?

The sword tsuba is made of an alloy of copper and gold. The metals are heated in a crucible and once molten, are poured into warm water. As the metal alloy cools, it frames a round ingot. The ingot is pounded into a flat disc.

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Why the Japanese sword is folded?

Published: 15/09/2021 Comments 0
Why the Japanese sword is folded?

Folded steel isn’t a steel type like carbon steel. Folded steel is a forging technique applied to mostly carbon steels. In the process, the metal is forge-welded, folded, and welded again.

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Katana Habaki

Published: 03/09/2021 Comments 0
Katana Habaki

The Habaki (鎺, Blade Collar) is a piece of metal encircling the base of the blade of a Japanese sword. It has sometimes been called the 'HEART of a Japanese sword. The Habaki plays two important roles: locking the tsuba (guard) in place and maintaining the blade in its Saya (scabbard).

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Japanese sword polishing

Published: 25/08/2021 Comments 0
Japanese sword polishing

Japanese Sword polishing is part of Japanese swordsmithing where a blade is polished after forging. A good polish can greatly improve the beauty of a blade.

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Japanese Sword's Hamon

Published: 17/08/2021 Comments 0
Japanese Sword's Hamon

The Hamon is the outline of the hardened zone (yakiba) which contains the cutting edge (ha). The Swordsman first heats the entire blade and then coats the spine of the blade with a thick special mixture of clay.

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Why does the blade edge face upward when wearing katana?

Published: 07/08/2021 Comments 0
Why does the blade edge face upward when wearing katana?

Whether in Japan, South Korea, China, or elsewhere, people have worn swords with the blade facing down for centuries. However, in the feudal era of Japan, samurai began to wear katana with the blade facing upwards, which caused many people to ask why.

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Tsuka-ito & sageo cord

Published: 24/06/2021 Comments 0
Tsuka-ito & sageo cord

Tsuka-ito sageo cord is a hanging cord made of silk, cotton or leather. It is generally a good form for the sageo color to match the tsuka-ito color (handle wrapping).

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