The legendary sword is a symbol of focus, dedication, and tradition.
The legend of the Japanese Samurai sword, Katana
The forging of the Japanese Samurai sword is not very straightforward like a regular sword. It involves a lot of focus, dedication because it is a very intentional and slow process, traditionally. Like any other true craft, it takes time to perfect the technique and pass it down to the future generation of the sword makers who would forge this legendary weapon.
Let’s know more about Katanas
Katanas were used in the Middle Ages and the thing that set them apart from all other swords is their blade. It is single-edged and its tip is curved to stem the length of the sword to 23.5 inches at least. Interestingly, the swords also have a wave-like effect which usually runs along the length of the blade. The presence of this effect ensures that the sword would be durable and sharp and its razor-thin edge can cut any man in half.
Let us know more about crafting the legendary Katana
Now the process of crafting a Katana is time-consuming and complex and can take days to be done properly. This ancient process of crafting a Katana starts with Tatara, an authentic clay blast furnace. Iron sand and clay are burned for three nights and days which removes all the impurities from the iron and blends two materials. Once these pieces are sorted and analyzed, they are hammered into sheets. Only the best of sheets goes becomes legendary blades. This part is considered very tedious and then only the best of sheets are flattened, heated, put together, and then hammered again. This would straighten the steel block and remove the rest of the impurities. Once the sword maker finds that the sword is ready to be forged, the weapon is heated again and an incision is created and the two parts of the blade are folded upwards. The blade is hammered again and is done for at least, six times more. It is then cut into three pieces and a fourth piece is also added. All the hammering makes an inner layer between the sword.
The authentic Katanas are a hallmark for perfection
The tedious process of hammering leads to the creation of many layers of steel. The various factors such as the sword’s strength, appearance led to the existence of unique and impressive swords which cannot be easily replicated.
Have you ever seen a Katana?