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SC4015, Bamboo Wakizashi by Citadel Knives & Swords, Free Shipping, MSRP ($2,379.00), 1075 High Carbon Steel Blade



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SC4015, Bamboo Wakizashi by Citadel Knives & Swords, Free Shipping, MSRP ($2,379.00), 1075 High Carbon Steel Blade
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Some items require 30-45 days to be manufactured and shipped. Please call (203) 858-5353 for more information.

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:

The tsuba is hand cut and engraved from pure iron. The "nanako" or stippled pattern on the tsuba is accomplished by hand, quite a feat of patience with a stunning result. The tsuba also features "seki-gane", metal inserts at the top and bottom of the hole for the blade to slip through. These are of a softer metal (copper) than the iron of the tsuba and allow easier shaping of the hole to perfectly fit the tsuba to the blade. Over time if this fit becomes loose or the tsuba is fitted to another blade the seki-gane may be adjusted easily to tighten it back up. This is a small detail usually only found on hand-made Japanese tsuba and is indicative of the level of care and craftsmanship has given to these swords by Citadel.
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Special Note:

The "Wakizashi" or Short Sword was worn with the longer katana when the pair matched in the theme they were considered a Daisho. However, when the katana was surrendered upon entering a home the wakizashi was not, making it truly the side-arm of the Samurai! The "Tsuka" or handle and "Saya" or scabbard is hand carved to fit each individual blade ensuring a proper fit. The handle is wrapped in genuine imported silk from Japan and tightly wrapped around the full same-gawa or ray skin wrap around the wooden core. The Saya is lacquered in black to a nice semi-gloss finish with a ray skin wrap near the mouth of the Saya to strengthen this area. These are extremely limited in numbers to be produced (20 only!). Each blade is signed on the tang with the model and number and includes a stamped certificate of authenticity.

 

Specifications

Specifications 15 days return, or exchange - see Terms and Conditions
Specifications Crafted by Citadel Knives and Swords
Specifications Completely hand made
Specifications Hand Forged High Carbon 1075 Blade Steel
Specifications Bamboo theme wakizashi
Specifications Hand Carved Pure Iron Fittings
Specifications Ray skin wrap around the wooden core
Specifications Tsuba: Hand cut and engraved from pure iron
Specifications Handle wrapping: Japan natural white silk
Specifications Saya: Lacquered semi-gloss finish black
Specifications Overall: 29 1/2"
Specifications Blade Length: 21 1/4"
Specifications Weight: 1 lb 9 oz
Specifications Built for Martial Artists
Specifications Made in Cambodia
Specifications 1 Package Includes:
  1 * Assembled Bamboo Wakizashi with saya
  1 * Cotton Bamboo Wakizashi 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. Le'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 hand 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 is 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

PRE-ORDER Please note that as these products are made to order, we are asking customers to allow approximately 30-45 days for the items to be manufactured and shipped. Please call (203) 858-5353 for more details.
Warning 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 Hand Forged High Carbon 1075 Blade Steel
Specifications Bamboo theme wakizashi
Specifications Hand Carved Pure Iron Fittings
Specifications Ray skin wrap around the wooden core
Specifications Tsuba: Hand cut and engraved from pure iron
Specifications Handle wrapping: Japan natural white silk
Specifications Saya: Lacquered semi-gloss finish black
Specifications Overall: 29 1/2"
Specifications Blade Length: 21 1/4"
Specifications Weight: 1 lb 9 oz
Specifications Built for Martial Artists
Specifications Made in Cambodia
Specifications 1 Package Includes:
  1 * Assembled Bamboo Wakizashi with saya
  1 * Cotton Bamboo Wakizashi bag
  1 * Sword certificate
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