tempered (hardened) steel katanas are made by popular request for
various purposes. Mostly, it is for those looking for an unetched
hamon blade for display purposes and occassional cutting.
We still prefer
and recommend the use of through tempered blades for cutting as
it is more durable and more predictable, but understand the desire
of the market for a true differentially tempered blade... especially
for collecting purposes.
hardened blades are made by hand claying, scraping the hamon, then
packing the spine of the blade for a second temper and quenching...
and we do not etch over the natural hamon. This
results in a very attractive and subtle hamon with alot of activities
at its border.
Hardened 9260 - "Kaze" Katana
Sale Price: $299.99
Kaze (Wind) is the result of many popular requests for a clay tempered (hardened)
blade using our 9260 Silicon Alloy Spring Steel. The blade body of the Kaze is
a hand clayed and differentially heat treated 9260 silicon carbon spring steel.
It is finished with a replica of an antique blackened cast steel tsuba submitted
to us. This steel is stronger than our Kanbai katana, but does not have the same
resiliency of the through hardened 9260. The gain from the clay hardening is that
the blade has a smooth and elegant natural hamon (9260 does not generate the same
hamon as the Kanbai katana).
Katana (Brown tsuka ito wrap)|