T10 Folded Steel Naginata with Full Brass Fittings
Blade: T10 Folded Naginata (13 folds, 8192 layers)
Blood Grooves: on both sides
Blade Edge: sharpened
Habaki (Blade Collar) & Seppa (Spacer) Material: Brass
Tsuba (Hand Guard): handmade brass
Fuchi (Handle Collar) and Kashira (Buttcap): brass
Tsuka (Handle): wooden handle with dark brown cotton rope
Saya (scabbard): burgundy lacquered hardwood saya
Blade Length: 51cm
Handle Length: 30cm
Approximate Weight: 1.55 KG
Blade Width: 3.8cm
Blade Thickness: 0.76cm
The Naginata is the Japanese version of the Pole Arm. The design of the weapon was originally based on the Chinese Pu Dao. The Naginata first came into use during the 8th century. Originally used to dismount horsemen, the Naginata also proved to be efficient in clearing foot soldiers and soon became a favorite among the Samurai.
The blade of the sword has been constructed by forge folding, creating a look similar to the lost Damascus Steel folding technique. By hand the sword smith painstakingly stacks and forges individual layers of steel. It has been folded a total of 13 times, which created 8192 layers. This technique can be easily seen by the unique grain pattern of the steel on the blade. It is fully hand forged and every aspect of the sword has been created authentically.
The blade also features a double Bo-Hi (groove) for better balance and a audible feedback when the sword is swung. The blade has been folded 13 times creating 8192 layers. It is fully functional and can be used for drills, practice or target cutting (Tamashigiri).
Blade: The blade of the Naginata has been constructed from the Pattern folding technique. The steel has been folded 13 times creating 8192 layers and this can be seen by the unique grain pattern on the blade.
Blade is fully functional and sharp. It has been sharpened by the traditional 12 stage sharpening work. Test cutting proved that it can be used for test cutting such as bamboo / tatami mats / water bottles.
Handle: The handle of the knife has been constructed from hardwood wrapped by dark brown cotton rope with menuki placed in the centre.
Saya: The saya is burgundy lacquered wrapped with dark brown sageo. It fits seamlessly into the guard