Zukuri - "Ayame" 9260 Spring Steel
Silicon Alloy Carbon Spring Steel.
Length (+ Saya)
Hand Forged, Through Tempered, Oil Quenched, Hand Polished
Length, 0.3" Width, 1.25" Height
2 lbs 9 oz
iron tsuba with alloy fittings.
to 6" above tsuba
X Bamboo, 1 X Brass (Double Pinned)
colored Real Ray Skin Panel Wrap
Black Glossy Lacquered Medium Hardwood
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This is our
preferred varient of the Shobu Zukuri katana. Shobu Zukuri refers
to the shape of the blade. The word "Shobu" means Iris,
and "Zukuri" mean made or constructed. This
type of sword is so named because of the resemblence with the leaf
of an iris plant.
The name of
this sword "Ayame" literally translates to "Iris"
for this reason.
one of the features on a Shobu Zukuri katana is to have the shinogi
(ridge line on the sides of the blade) run the entire length of
the sword. No yokote or kissaki.
Below are photos
showing the overall apparence of the sword.
Note that because
the mune (spine), Ha (edge) and shinogi (ridge) comes together into
one single point, the tip of this sword is "needle-like".
This geometry makes it easy to penetrate soft targets in a tsuki,
but because of the lack of verticle support structure, it is also
ability of the blade body at the mune machi is the same as other
The tsuka is
wrapped with a black same panel wrap, and a brown cotton ito wrap.
The tsuba is a rounded cast iron tsuba and is much more refined
than our previous tsubas.
of the tip is very rarely seen in any production shobu zukuri, let
As far as we
know, we are the first and only production maker that uses this
Shobu-Zukuri Katana "Ayami" (Iris)
Sale Price: $249.99
the 9260TH spring steel, this Shobu-Zukuri katana is our preferred variant. The
shinogi (ridgeline) of this sword runs the entire length of the blade... all the
way to the very tip. This configuration results in a needle-like tip where the
mune-shinogi-ha comes together to a singular point, facilitating penetration of
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