Zukuri - "Kurome" 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 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
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.
Shobu-Zukuri Katana "Kurome" (Black Eyes)
Sale Price: $249.99
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.
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