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Kuro Kinko Tamahagane katana no sendan maki saya
This very special sword is a true tribute to the Japanese sword. In steel, fittings, mounting quality and overall harmony. The theme consists of three main colors: shiro, kuro and kin-iro; white, black and gold. Simple and elegant!
The sword could have been used during the Tokugawa reign where such fittings were indeed quite common. The black & white samegawa (rayskin) combined with the black lacquered, rattan wrapped saya (kuro sendan saya) are elements which owari koshirae is famous for.
The steel has been made in a bloomery with iron sand and charcoal. The traditional folding has created a steel pattern that we know as hada. The hada in this blade resembles a fairly large wood pattern. For this reason we name this specific detail: o-mokume hada (big wood folding lines).
Another detail that adds to the three color theme is the unique two sided silk aya-ori sageo.
|Sword type||Katana shinken (sharp)|
|Steel harding type||Differential clay hardened (water)|
|Blade geometry||Shinogi zukuri|
|Tsuba||Lacquered brass with gold paint|
|Fuchi / kashira||Lacquered brass with gold paint|
|Mekugi (bamboo safety pin)||2x|
|Sageo (cord around sheath)||Japanese silk|
|Samegawa (Ray skin)||White|
|Koiguchi / koijiri||Buffalo horn|
|Nagasa length||2.4 shaku (72 cm)|
|Weight (without saya)||1100 g|
|Saya type||Kuroro nuri sendan maki saya|
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