- 9260 Differentially Hardened Spring Steel Katana
Hardened 9260 Silicon Alloy Carbon Spring Steel.
Length (+ Saya)
Hand Forged, Clay Hardened, Water Quenched, Hand Polished
Length, 0.3" Width, 1.25" Height
lbs 9 oz
Cast Steel Tsuba with Antiqued Brass Fuchi/Kashira
above tsuba (with fuller), 6" above tsuba (without fuller)
X Wood (Double Pinned)
Ray Skin Panel Wrap
Black Glossy Lacquered Medium Hardwood
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This is the
overall appearance of the sword. Shape of the tsuka (before drilling),
and blade geometry. The Kaze has our standard 28" in length
from notch on habaki to kissaki. Solid width at 0.3" with a
sori of 0.7". Tsuba is blackened cast steel tsuba. Kashira
and fuchi have reverted back to antiqued brass "nugget"
pattern finish. But the most attractive part to this
blade is the natural hamon.
The Kaze does
not have the same resiliency as the through hardened 9260 "Tenchi"
or "Shura", but is stronger than the Kanbai katana. Differential
hardening only allows for a portion of the blade to utilize the
potential of the properly heat treated silicon alloying agent.
This, however, more closely resembles the behavior of a traditionally
hamon on the Kaze is more defined than those on the Kanbai katana.
This is due to 2 factors: 9260 reacts to clay hardening differently
than 1045... There are less activities on the border of the hamon,
but a more distinct pooling of the nie crystal, making for a cleaner,
better defined hamon line. Secondly, the kaze has an ever-so-slightly
better polish for the purpose of bringing out the natural hamon.
beautiful natural hamon on the differentially hardened 9260 Spring
Steel blade allows for it to be further brought out by etching or
polishing the steel. This sword is made as a means to make our 9260
DH available in a near-bareblade format. Allowing for customizing,
projects, and experiments. (Following photos are from a re-worked
9260 DH by Christian Beer.)
The tsuba on
the Kaze is a cast steel construction. The design are based on an
antique tsuba submitted to us. Tsuka (Grip) and nakago (Tang) -
Real same skin (Ray Skin) panel wrap over wood then wrapped in brown
(updated) cotton cord. Double wooden mekugi (Retaining Pin).
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)|