Shobu Zukuri - "Kurome" 9260 Spring Steel

Name "Kurome"
Blade 9260 Silicon Alloy Carbon Spring Steel.
Overall Length (+ Saya) 42.5"
Treatment Full Hand Forged, Through Tempered, Oil Quenched, Hand Polished
Finish Tameshigiri Polish
Blade Dimension 28" Length, 0.3" Width, 1.25" Height
Sori (Curvature) 0.7"
Weight 2 lbs 9 oz
Tsuba/Fuchi/Kashira Cast iron tsuba with alloy fittings.
Balance Point 5.5" to 6" above tsuba
Tsuka/Ho 10.5" Wood
Tsuka Ito Brown Cotton
Mekugi 1 X Bamboo, 1 X Brass (Double Pinned)
Same Black colored Real Ray Skin Panel Wrap
Saya 30.5" Black Glossy Lacquered Medium Hardwood

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This is the more popular and the more common 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 "Kurome" literally translates to "Black Eyes ".

In this varient, the shinogi (ridgeline) of the sword ends just short of the tip of the sword. This results in a bladed tip more so than the Ayame (which has more of a needle-like tip). This type of a blade is what is more commonly seen when referring to a Shobu Zukuri katana. Majority of the production as well as custom/antique Shobu Zukuri katanas has this type of a tip.

Below are photos showing the overall apparence of the sword.

Note that because there is less material overall in the tip of the sword than a traditional Shinogi Zukuri katana used in iaido, the tip is better at penetration but also somewhat more delicate.

The tsuka is wrapped with a black same panel wrap, and a brown cotton ito wrap. The tsuba is a rounded-edged cast iron tsuba and is where we derived the name of this sword.

9260 Shobu-Zukuri Katana "Kurome" (Black Eyes)

Sale Price: $249.99
Regular Price: $499.99

Constructed of the 9260TH spring steel, this Shobu-Zukuri katana is the more popular and commonly seen variant. The shinogi (ridgeline) of this sword runs just short of the tip by a few millimeters. This configuration results in a blade-like tip for cutting.

Kurome - 9260 Shobu Zukuri
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