What should you know before buying a real katana sword?

Published: 31/03/2021 Comments: 0
About Katana, You Should Know

Western historians have said, Japanese katana swords were among the finest cutting weapons in world military history.

Katana are the weapons that have come to be synonymous with the samurai. The samurais were people of honor and class. The most popular katana was not just a sword to them, it was their honor. The katana samurai sword was the most prized possession of a samurai warrior, of which he was proud. 

Katana exhibits a very sophisticated knowledge of metallurgy and craftsmanship. It is different from Chinese and Western swords, adds to the sword’s mystique.

The katana (刀 or かたな)  is generally defined as the standard sized, moderately curved (as opposed to the older tachi featuring more curvature) Japanese sword with a blade length greater than 60.6 cm (23.86 inches) (Japanese 2 Shaku).

The katana is a curved, single-edged sword. The gentle curvature is attained by a process of differential hardening or differential quenching. This process of clay tempered also creates a distinct line down the sides of the blade called the Hamon. Which is made distinct by polishing. Katana is created from a traditional smelting process. The smith begins by folding and welding pieces of the steel several times to work out most of the differences in the steel. The resulting block of steel is then drawn out to form a billet.

People often learn about samurai swords and samurai culture from history, movies, and books, which inspires everyone's curiosity about the samurai sword. More and more enthusiasts want to have their own and unique katana. 

So this article will share more knowledge of traditional katana to help you make a purchase decision.

How to Choose Your Katana?

Do you need a functional or 'decorative' sword?

Please consider your purpose in making your sword purchase. Are you looking for a sword to use or just as a decorative katana?

If it used for display, you can buy one that has a blunter edge, it won’t cut you if you’re not careful. Let me make this point really clear. If you buy a samurai sword that is functional and real sharp but you abuse it instead of treating it with respect, it will disappoint you even injure yourself or others. In other words, I do not recommend banging it against a tree to see if it will cut the wood. There are so many other fun things you can try it out on like watermelons.

Once you decide to what purpose you will be using your samurai sword, take a look at the different variety of designs and ornamentation, to fit your personality. You can find almost any color of sageo(sheath rope) and ito(handle rope). Tsuba(handguard) has a variety of designs, katana often have a circular-shaped tsuba for improved safety. So, go ahead and choose the unique katana that fits your personality, style, and budget.

Overall, the weight, look, and feel is all on point. The blade and its beautiful sword stand and box make for a great decorative and conversation piece.

Be sure affordable budget before making a purchase decision

The next thing you need to consider is the budget. The value of the Japanese sword is most often based on the construction and material of the blade. If you are just looking for a display and relatively inexpensive sword, you can purchase a basic stainless steel sword. Stainless steel is highly rust-resistant. The purpose of a sword made from stainless steel (or any blade over 12" long) is to put it on the wall: and just keep it there to admire from a distance!

However, if you preferred to buy a samurai sword that is functional and real sharp, stainless steel sword may not meet that need anymore. Spend a little more money, to get a high carbon steel katana with high quality and more practical. It will be a smarter choice.

Why choose carbon steel blade?

The most popular three types of carbon steel used in swords are 1045, 1060, and 1095, starting with the most inexpensive to purchase and to shape (1045 carbon steel). Their carbon content is 0.45%, 0.6%, 0.95%, respectively. 

1045 Carbon Steel samurai swords are relatively soft. The carbon content of 1045 carbon steel is 0.45%. It is effectively the minimum acceptable steel for a functional blade. If properly tempered and hardened, however, 1045 carbon steel swords can be surprisingly strong.

A fair price for 1045 carbon steel swords is typically under $100.

1060 Carbon Steel is definitely great all-around steel. It is a great compromise between hardness (edge holding ability) and pliability (strength). It is hard enough to take and keep a good edge. It has many swords famous for their durability.

1060 Carbon Steel Katana are very popular. Typically priced between $150 to $500 depending on fittings, type of tempering, polishing, etc.

1095 high carbon steel is very hard. The main advantage to swords made from 1095 carbon steel is that when they are well tempered, they can keep a much keener edge than swords with lower carbon content. When properly tempered, their reputation for fragility becomes undeserved.

1095 high carbon steel katana is usually slightly more expensive than 1060 but not significantly. Typically between $200 to $600.

You should know before making a purchase decision, real swords are for safety reasons always properly heat treated and tempered to create a blade that is not too brittle and not too soft. If it hasn't been heat-treated, it doesn't qualify as a real sword.

Katana Maintenance
Katana maintenance can be a very intimidating thing for a beginning sword collector. After all, all functional swords are made from carbon steel that is prone to rust. It is extremely important that the blade remain well-oiled, powdered, and polished, as the natural moisture residue from the hands of the user will rapidly cause the blade to rust if not cleaned off.
If mishandled in its use, storage or maintenance, the katana may become irreparably damaged. The blade should be stored horizontally in its sheath, curve down and edge facing upward to maintain the edge. If you want your sword to take care of you, take care of it first.

How to Choose the Best Sword Seller

If you're not just looking for a decorative sword to hang on the wall. It is important to select a sword merchant with a proven track record that has been in business for at least a few years, is dedicated to customer service and competitive pricing.

Longquan, China(dragon spring) is the original place of treasured swords and celadon (ware). It is a famous home and abroad for the production of Longquan swords. On the basis of 2600 years traditional sword culture of Longquan, our company inherited and are developing the ancestral sword-forging craft, absorbed the merit of other colleagues, and choose the best material to forge the swords by over 20 working procedures such as hammering, shoveling, filing, engraving, quenching, polishing, etc. It is famous for the distinguishing features "tenacious and sharp, couple hardness with softness, threatening shiny blade, exquisite patterns and fittings".

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Sword customization is also among our services. We accept custom orders and just any other blade design to satisfy our customers’ requests and needs. You can choose what fittings, color, sheath, handle and blade material you would want on your blade or you may send us a drawing with dimensions and a description of your design. You can find our products and our contact information at our website www.brandonswords.com. We will try our best to give you a blade that is worthy of the blade-making legacy of Longquan.

We have decades of overseas customer service experience. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your sword-purchasing experience more pleasant. We hope for your success in martial arts training.

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