Big Ear's Armoury
Japanese Style Sword Blades
The high carbon steel that I use is 1086 modified, which is higher carbon than most other makers are using for sword blades with relatively low Manganese and also has an addition of .2% Vanadium. As a result, the blades are stiffer than those made from lower carbon steel. They do not lend themselves to bending as easily. They are heat treated in the traditional manner of coating the portions that are not to be hardened with clay, and they are quenched in water for hardening. I also temper these blades after hardening,to relieve some of the stresses from quenching and it also makes them a lot less likely to crack. The hamon will be "notare" with ashi lines. It is a large undulating wavy line, and quite attractive.
Your blade comes in Binsui polish with a custom fabricated copper habaki
Katana 33 inches nagasa and under $2400 Plus S&H
Wakizashi 24 inches nagasa and under $1800 Plus S&H
Tanto 12 inches nagasa and under $1200 Plus S&H
Modern Tool Steel L-6. I make these blades for the martial arts enthusiast who wants performance and durability first and foremost. A thoroughly modern steel, it is given a proper Japanese sword size and shape for the correct feel, but there is where the similarities end. The heat treatment is strictly twentieth century, and provides a blade that has a body which is very springy at HRC 48-50 and a hard edge that is HRC 57-58. The result is a blade that cuts well, holds a good edge, and flexes instead of bending if the cutting stroke is not so good. great deal of energy to do so. The hamon is a reserved sort of notari line. Under any semblance of "normal use" these blades will never bend, break, take a set, or chip. If "tough" is what you value the most, this is the blade you want.
Representative example of what the hamon looks like on these blades.
Your blade comes in Binsui Polish with a custom fabricated copper habaki
Katana 33 inches nagasa and under $3800 Plus S&H
Wakizashi 24 inches nagasa and under $2850 Plus S&H
Tanto 12 inches nagasa and under $1900 Plus S&H
Sori: Curve of the blade. Stated in terms of the depth at the deepest point of the curve. Style where that point lies along the nagasa.
Nakago: The tang I tend to favor longer than "traditional" lengths on the nakago, feeling that it is better if the entire length of the tsuka is supported by steel. Typically a 28" blade will have 9" of tang. They do vary from one to the next, being entirely hand made. The length of the nakago can be specified.
Want to talk about swords ? Then head on over to Sword Forum International. A great site with a nice online magazine about swords, and many different discussions carried out bulletin board style.
I also recommend E-Budo for interesting discussions of the martial arts.
Links to other Japanese sword stuff
Fred Lohman Company
Bugei Trading Company
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