T10 Clay Tempered Duo Katana and Tanto with Standard Fittings
Blade: T10 Steel (Clay Tempered)
Blood Grooves: on both sides
Blade Edge: sharpened
Habaki (Blade Collar) & Seppa (Spacer) Material: Brass
Tsuba (Hand Guard): black square iron tsuba
Fuchi (Handle Collar) and Kashira (Buttcap): metal
Tsuka (Handle): black ray skin with ornament menuki
Saya (scabbard): black lacquered hardwood saya
Blade Length: 72cm / 31cm
Handle Length: 27 / 15 cm
Approximate Weight: 1.3 kg / 0.5 kg
Blade Width: 3.2cm
Blade Thickness: 0.76cm
This is the duo Japanese Ninja clay hardened T10 Katana and Tanto. They feature a traditional black round Tsuba. The blade of the sword has been constructed from differentially hardened T10 with a Gunome hamon.
Blade: both blades have been constructed from differentially hardened T10 with a Gunome hamon. They feature medium niku with a high shinogi to increase the cutting plane. The blade comes fully sharpened, and full tang. The short Tanto is perfect for training due to its light weight.
Saya: both sayas are constructed from black lacquered hardwood. The kurigata is polished with a high quality black chemical fiber sageo.
Tsuka: The habaki is brass. The fuchi and kashira are made of metal alloy and have a matching plain black design. The tsuka core is wooden with black samegawa and black fiber ito. Both handles have two bamboo pin mekugi.
How important is differential hardening?
A differentially hardened katana (as opposed case hardened or tempered) has a hardened edge and a soft spine. The edge is hardened so it will retain a sharp edge while the spine is left softer so it will bend and not break. This is usually done with a traditional clay coating tempering process. Differential hardening is key to making a battle ready katana that will be used for extensive tameshigiri (test cutting). Our expectation is that a shinken should survive at least 10,000 tatami omote cuts (10 years of heavy use) and only need minor sharpening after every 500 (six months of heavy use).
- Handmade Clay differentially hardened T10 Katana and Tanto with Gunome Hamon
- Blade: constructed from Clay differentially hardened T10 Katana Gunome Hamon. Each blade came full tang and sharp.
- Saya: saya is black lacquered black hardwood
- Tsuka: The habaki is brass. The tsuba is black traditional round iron. The ito is black fiber with alternating criss cross pattern over ray skin samegawa. The tang is double pinned with bamboo mekugi.