This term, Carbon Steel Katana refers to Samurai Sword made of Carbon Steel. The Carbon concentration can vary according to the desired solidity of the material. Carbon steel has the particularity of being stainless, easily forged and easily maintained and cleaned. Forging a Carbon Steel Katana can take days or weeks; usually considered as sacred, there are some procedures that smiths are used to accomplish to obtain the material, to forge the material and then apply the final touches.
For centuries, Carbon Steel Katanas were praised to be the most durable swords when it is about use for battles. They are proficiently forged following a traditional process that make them real piece of arts. There are several types of Carbon Steel Katanas and they are known by some digits references and they are 1060 carbon steel, 1045 carbon steel and 1095 carbon steel. They come to be very resistant to corrosion and they keep their edge as sharp as it would be if properly maintained. These Carbon Steel Swords are hard, not too heavy and they can are full tang.
The blade is solid and do not bend when it hits objects. The 1095 Carbon Steel Katana are ideally forged using traditional Clay tempered technique that allows obtaining some marvelous blades, massive and really tough. The overall length of a Carbon Steel Katana’s blade is 27”-28” (about 68cm), a handle that lengths 10” (about 25.4 cm) that completes a katana’s overall length of about 38” (about 90 cm). The Katanas weight is function of the Carbon Steel type used, but it ranges between 1 and 1.5 kg.
This material is obtained by several ways. Traditionally, smiths used to associate particular charcoal- soft pine one- within a clay tub and fired up for several hours, about 72 hours until the heat attains suitable degrees. At that point, Iron sand is to add according the desired tenor of carbon in the material called tatara, which is the desired steel to work on later.
This operation appears to be very expensive compared to the modern mass production steel processes, but it has its origins and it gave Swordsmen the finest material and the finest Carbon steel Katanas in the history of Samurai and Martial Arts practitioners. Carbon Steel is referred to by the 10, the Carbon proportion within this Steel is referred to by the two last digits of the reference which mean that %0.[the two Digits] of the steel is Carbon.
1045 Carbon Steel Katana : %0.45 of the material is Carbon. They are the most used for forging Katanas. Although it is relatively soft, this Carbon Steel type can be hardened and can be easily forged into very strong but cheap Katana. Although this material is soft, it can be forged into hard and durable Samurai Swords.
1060 Carbon Steel Katana : Carbon represents %0.60 of the material. This Carbon Steel Material combines strength to durability. It is the most honored Steel type for forging sharp, solid and durable swords. The 1060 Carbon Steel is harder to forge than the 1045. The prices of 1060 Carbon Steel Katanas can indicate the superior quality of that material.
1095 Carbon Steel Katana : The carbon fraction within the material is %0.95 of the total fraction. This type is highly prized especially when Clay tempering process is being done. Carbon Steel 1095 is very hard to forge and must be properly treated, the result is magnificent; a Katana that is very strong. The excessive hardness of carbon steel 1095 gives Katanas a medium durability rank, but they keep a very good rank in the swords overall quality ranking.
Carbon Steel Katana Maintaining
Maintaining the blade is to keep it clean and sharp. This operation is to conduct carefully and delicately to avoid cuts and wounds. There are particular tools to use while proceeding: Stone Powder ball, Rice paper and specific Oil. Oil from previous cleaning process is to be removed before proceeding. The powder ball should be taped on the blade every two or three inches,
and then uses the rice paper to rub on the blade until the edges of the blade are cleaned and polished. If the process is not successful, you can use water or some other solvent to clean the blade then start over the maintaining process. At the end, it is important to apply some oil drops on the blade and spread them using a rice paper or a piece of cotton cloth.
Customize Your Katana and Make It Your Own Creation
The “add-ons“ that the Sword can carry make mounting a Carbon Steel Katana an exciting experience, that you can enjoy. By choosing the different items you need to add to your “already ordered” Katana, you are designing your future piece of art and your collection item, or may be your decoration piece. By consulting the items’ list and picking the blade material, the blade type (Choji, wave…), Tsuba, Tsuka, Saya and any other piece of art you need to be on your Sword, your Carbon Steel Katana is your full design.
There are several plans for pieces you need to add to your Carbon Steel Katana, They can be free of charges as bonuses to your order, and you will need to invest some more charges to make the sword a real opportunity. At both cases, the experience is more than fun.
Carbon Steel Katana can be associated to others metallic parts. The association is usually based on the purpose of the sword, the basic material and the tang type. The items that can be associated to 1045 carbon steel Katana are not the same as those associated to 1060 Carbon Steel Katanas; Full Tang Katanas are appreciated with particular pieces.
The final touches are recommended by specialists; as user or client, you are eligible to consulting the knowledge held by our staff to guide you through the customizing process as you make your order, beginning by the choice of the Carbon Steel Material type, and the associated pieces and accessories.