Selecting a sword by Steel Types

There are a variety of steel types / heat treatment methods available on our swords. If you know the type of steel you want (usually from the types of applications you intend to use the sword for), this guide will save you time in selecting the right sword for you.

NEW STEEL: Our Most Durable cutting blades to date, highly resistant to bending. Through hardened 9260 silicon alloy carbon spring steel blades.

Very durable with predictable performance medium cutters. Oil quenched, through hardened 1060 carbon monosteel blades. (Medium Cutters)

Our most affordable line of Japanese Swords. Through hardened, oil quenched 1045 carbon monosteel steel blades. (Light Cutters)

Unsharpened steel blade iaito for kata practice. Through hardened 1045 carbon steel and heat-treated stainless steel blades. (Not for Cutting).

Hand clayed, differentially hardened blade with unetched natural hamon line. Created for the subtle and attractive apparence. (Cutting ability dependent on specific metal used).

Laminated steel construction using layered steel billets of different hardness resulting in a traditional wrapped core blade. (Cutting ability dependent on specific metal used).

Dual folded steel. Layered and forge folded to create a Damascus appearance. Very prominent hada. (Cutting ability dependent on specific metal used).

Difference between 9260, 1060, and 1045 & what is right for you.

In a sword with a thin and long geometry such as the katana, the steel can be too hard (brittle) or too soft. Even within the optimal range, there are steel behaviors better for cutting harder targets as well as softer targets in martial arts applications. To understand which steel is right for your use, click on the link above to learn about the different types of steel.

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