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SC4001, "Ocean Katana", Citadel Knives & Swords, Free Shipping, MSRP ($2,699.00), 1075 High Carbon Steel Blade



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Product Description

The Citadel Swords, a traditional hand forge Japanese style sword manufacturer, are hand-made by a master artisan in Cambodia. New in the original packaging. Limited Edition. Made to order; not in stock.

"Due to manufacturer's MAP, (Minimum Advertised Price), policy we cannot publish a price below the MSRP price. Please call us for any available sales, or price reductions.".

DESCRIPTION:

This is an extremely well-balanced sword in an ocean theme, with a nami or wave tsuba and turbulent water fuchi and kashira. The blade is hand forged and differentially hardened from 1075 high carbon steel. Each blade is polished by hand using traditional stones and powders to produce an authentic look. This sword features a full-length bo-hi or fuller to lighten and balance the blade. The hi continues through the habaki and into the nakago, with the copper habaki forged to follow the hi.
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Special Note:

The tsuka is carved to each individual sword ensuring a tight friction fit with a full same-gawa wrap. The ito (handle) is wrapped in natural white silk imported from Japan; the ito is dyed with tea to give it a slight tan color that will darken a bit with use. The saya is lacquered in a deep midnight blue with a same-gawa or stingray skin wrap. Each saya is carved for the individual sword ensuring a proper snug fit. This is the first of the Limited Edition katana from Citadel Knives and Swords. Each sword is signed by the smith on the nakago with the sword number, limited to 100 swords before the model is retired. Built for Martial Artists. Made to order; not in stock.

 

Specifications

Specifications Free economy shipping within the contiguous US to a terminal near you
Specifications 15 days return, or exchange - see Terms and Conditions
Specifications Crafted by Citadel Knives and Swords
Specifications Completely hand made
Specifications Blade: High carbon 1075 steel
Specifications Tsuba: Wave tsuba
Specifications Saya: Hand-carved by Citadel (Deep midnight blue)
Specifications Ito: Dyed with tea
Specifications Copper habaki forged
Specifications Full length bo-hi
Specifications Turbulent water fuchi and kashira
Specifications Hand polished by a traditional stone
Specifications Imported Japanese white natural silk
Specifications Overall: 40"
Specifications Blade Length: 28"
Specifications Handle Length: 11"
Specifications Weight: 2 lb 3 oz
Specifications Point of Balance: 5 1/2"
Specifications Thickness at Guard: .26"
Specifications Thickness at Tip: .2"
Specifications Sori: 5/8"
Specifications Built for Martial Artists
Specifications Made in Cambodia
Specifications 1 Package Includes:
  1 * Assembled Ocean Katana with saya
  1 * Cotton Ocean Katana bag
  1 * Sword certificate

More Details

The Art of Japanese Style Sword Making

The forging of a Japanese sword is a subtle and careful process, an art that has developed over the centuries as much in response to stylistic and aesthetic considerations as to technical improvements.


Each blade typically took many days or weeks and was considered a sacred art, traditionally accompanied by a large panoply of Shinto religious rituals. As with many complex endeavors, rather than a single craftsman, several artists were involved. There was a smith to forge the rough shape, often a second smith (apprentice) to fold the metal, a specialist polisher, and even a specialist for the edge itself. Often, there were a sheath, hilt, and tsuba specialists as well.


Blades were often forged with different profiles, different blade thicknesses, and varying amounts of grind. Wakizashi and tant were not simply a scaled-down katana; they were often forged without a ridge (hira-zukuri) or other such forms which were found on the katana.


Today, swords are still being made by modern artisans; some pursue the traditional methods while others apply modern tools, techniques, and materials to the craft. A great number of commercially available swords are being made in China with modern tools and materials employing traditional methods. Let's remember that steel-making was imported into Japan from China, via Korea. The steel used in the Chinese swords, called "chi-kang" (combined steel), was similar to pattern welding, and edges of it were often forge-welded to a back of the soft iron, or "jou thieh." In trying to copy the Chinese method, the ancient Japanese smiths paid much attention to the various properties of steel and worked to combine them to produce an internal macro-structure that would provide a similar combination of hardness and toughness.


Citadel Knives and Swords

Born in France in 1951, Dominique Eluere settled in Cambodia in 1997. Shortly after arriving in the country, he founded Citadel workshop offering hand-crafted knives and swords. Within only a few years, he became recognized and respected by knife enthusiasts worldwide for his beautifully stylish, razor-sharp creations. Demand is so great that Citadel now employs 50 people in Phnom Penh to produce unique hand-forged knives and swords according to traditional artisanal methods. High carbon steel blades receive differential quenching that produces visible hamon, and obviously, a long life cutting edge.


Citadel's katana blades begin life as billets of imported (European) 1075 high carbon steel. 1075 is a high carbon steel with just the right amount of carbon to make the blade's edge sufficiently hard but not too much as to risk becoming brittle.


The blades are heated in a coal fire and forged by hand hammering into the basic shape needed for that particular sword. The blade is then prepped appropriately, coated in clay and precisely heated to the critical temperature for the differential hardening quench. As any smith will tell you this is the "moment of truth" in crafting a samurai sword, as the quenching process puts the blade under tremendous stress. A crack or further flaw in the blade will produce an audible ping that will force the blade into the scrap bin. With a successful quench, the blade is then de-scaled and any warps or bends are straightened and the final curvature (sori) adjusted as necessary. The blade is then tempered to its final hardness.


Here is the sequence Citadel uses for each katana blade:

  • synthetic stone "arato"
  • natural stone "chu nagura"
  • synthetic stone "koma-nagura"
  • natural stone "uchigomori"
  • final polish with "hazuya" stone and "nugui" paste/powder

Following in the tradition of the artisans of old are Citadel's Tsuba and Fittings craftsmen. Lacking the equipment to cast large metal pieces means that each of the Tsuba, Fuchi, and Kashira are cut and engraved by hands of pure iron (unless otherwise noted). Iron takes a beautiful patina and is subsequently resistant to rust though an occasional cleaning and light oil coating are recommended. In addition, it is an extremely tough material and if ever subjected to tremendous shock will bend instead of break, a feature that any samurai would truly appreciate.


This traditional polishing process produces a blade with a keen edge, clean lines, and flat surfaces not seen outside of high-end custom swords or Japanese made blades.

Warning

Specifications Free economy shipping within the contiguous US to a terminal near you
Specifications 15 days return, or exchange - see Terms and Conditions
Specifications Crafted by Citadel Knives and Swords
Specifications Completely hand made
Specifications Blade: High carbon 1075 steel
Specifications Tsuba: Wave tsuba
Specifications Saya: Hand-carved by Citadel (Deep midnight blue)
Specifications Ito: Dyed with tea
Specifications Copper habaki forged
Specifications Full length bo-hi
Specifications Turbulent water fuchi and kashira
Specifications Hand polished by a traditional stone
Specifications Imported Japanese white natural silk
Specifications Overall: 40"
Specifications Blade Length: 28"
Specifications Handle Length: 11"
Specifications Weight: 2 lb 3 oz
Specifications Point of Balance: 5 1/2"
Specifications Thickness at Guard: .26"
Specifications Thickness at Tip: .2"
Specifications Sori: 5/8"
Specifications Built for Martial Artists
Specifications Made in Cambodia
Specifications 1 Package Includes:
  1 * Assembled Ocean Katana with saya
  1 * Cotton Ocean Katana bag
  1 * Sword certificate
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I've been looking at this sword over a month ago and after a some thought, I decided to buy it. I shopped around and after looking at the multitude of places that sold this sword, I decided to give Red Dot a call since most places sold it for MSRP

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  • 5
    A finely crafted display sword that is extremely functional 

    Posted by Steve on Jan 15th 2016

    I've been looking at this sword over a month ago and after a some thought, I decided to buy it. I shopped around and after looking at the multitude of places that sold this sword, I decided to give Red Dot a call since most places sold it for MSRP and was not willing to give a better price. Corneliu answered and gave me an outstanding price and walked me through the purchasing process. He even threw in a free maintenance kit! He sent email updates on my order and the level of customer service exceed my expectations. When the sword arrived, it was everything I had hoped for. The craftsmanship is top notch and the sword is very sharp! I highly recommend this sword for anyone who is looking for a high quality katana. I especially recommend buying here because I can guarantee that Corneliu and his staff will take good care of you because it is clear to me that he's a man that understands the meaning of customer service!