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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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What is Bo-Hi on Japanese Sword?

Published: 09/04/2021 Comments 1
What is Bo-Hi on Japanese Sword?

A Bo-Hi (also known as a 'bohi', 'hi', 'fuller' or 'blood groove') is the groove on the blade located just under the spine.

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What should you know before buying a real katana sword?

Published: 31/03/2021 Comments 0
What should you know before buying a real katana sword?

You should know some knowledge of katana before deciding to buy a real katana. Please remember using, storing, maintaining the samurai sword in the right way.

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How to remove the handle from a katana?

Published: 13/08/2020 Comments 0
How to remove the handle from a katana?

Once the mekugi (two bamboo pegs) have been removed, the tsuka (handle) is ready to be taken off.

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