Handmade Japanese Katana Swords

Katana Fire Sword

HISTORY OF KATANA SWORDS FROM WIKIPEDIA

Starting around the year 1400, long swords signed with the “katana” signature were made. This was in response to samurai wearing their tachi in what is now called “katana style” (cutting edge up). Japanese swords are traditionally worn with the signature facing away from the wearer. When a tachi was worn in the style of a katana, with the cutting edge up, the tachi’s signature would be facing the wrong way. The fact that swordsmiths started signing swords with a katana signature shows that some samurai of that time period had started wearing their swords in a different manner.

The rise in popularity of katana among samurai came about due to the changing nature of close-combat warfare. The quicker draw of the sword was well suited to combat where victory depended heavily on short response times. The katana further facilitated this by being worn thrust through a belt-like sash (obi) with the sharpened edge facing up. Ideally, samurai could draw the sword and strike the enemy in a single motion. Previously, the curved tachi had been worn with the edge of the blade facing down and suspended from a belt.

The katana was often paired with a similar smaller companion sword, such as a wakizashi, or it could also be worn with the tantō, a smaller, similarly shaped dagger. The pairing of a katana with a smaller sword is called the daishō. Only samurai could wear the daisho: it represented the social power and personal honor of the samurai.

KATANA FIRE 

Who Are They?

Katana Fire is a small sword manufacturing shop based in Longquan, China. Longquan has been home to some of the finest sword makers in history. They pride themselves on this tradition and are proud to be part of it. The family has been producing swords for 40 years, specializing in traditional Japanese and Chinese swords.

How Do They Work?

They use the same methods and tools that traditional sword makers used centuries ago. Every single sword they produce is unique, and is the result of several hours of manual work. Katana Fire hand forges, hand wields, hand sharpens and hand polishes each sword. They also use a coal-fired furnace built of stone and brick. The steel they use is of the highest quality to ensure an excellent balance of strength and flexibility in their blades. Also, the handles are genuine ray skin, made from sturdy scabbard wood. They produce most of the other parts themselves, including the sword bag to ensure complete quality control.

The Guarantee

Katana Fire produces every single sword by hand with great love and care in their family shop. Naturally, they want you to be fully satisfied with your purchase. That is why they offer a “no-questions-asked” 30-Day Satisfaction Guarantee. If at any time during your 30-day period (starting from the day you receive the item) you decide to return your sword, simply send it back in “like new” condition, and they will issue a refund for the purchase price. Shipping and mailing costs are not refundable.

Sword Categories

APPRENTICE KATANA COLLECTION

The Apprentice Katana Collection is an excellent choice those who are looking for their first truly handcrafted Katana.

WARRIOR KATANA COLLECTION

The Warrior Katana collection features handmade swords with Damascus blade. These Katanas are also folded and forged 12 times. This process makes the blade harder and more flexible. It also leaves a beautiful pattern behind that characterizes Damascus blades. The blades are polished during a 10-stage polishing process.

MASTER KATANA COLLECTION

The Master Katana Collection features Damascus handmade swords that are clay tempered. During the forging process, the Katana is coated with a thin layer of clay along the edge and a thicker layer on the body. During the hardening process, the difference in cooling time caused by the clay layer results in two different hardness areas. The edge cools faster and forms a very hard steel structure. The body cools slower and forms a very tough steel structure. The boundary between these two areas is called hamon and is commonly seen as a frosted wavy line down the length of a polished sword blade.

Also, these Katanas are folded and forged 12 times. This process makes the blade harder and more flexible.  The blades are polished during a 11-stage polishing process.

SHOGUN KATANA

The Shogun Katana Collection features Damascus handmade swords that are clay tempered. During the forging process, the Katana is coated with a thin layer of clay along the edge and a thicker layer on the body. During the hardening process, the difference in cooling time caused by the clay layer results in two different hardness areas. The edge cools faster and forms a very hard steel structure. The body cools slower and forms a very tough steel structure. The boundary between these two areas is called hamon and is commonly seen as a frosted wavy line down the length of a polished sword blade.

These Katanas are folded and forged 13 times. This process makes the blade harder and more flexible.  The blades are polished during a 13-stage polishing process.

Katana Fire also offers free worldwide shipping for all of their customers.

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