The Dragon King Swords, setting a new standard in the sword market, are collectible, functional and highly desirable, made by a master artisan in Dalian China. New in the original packaging.
Contrasted only by the crimson tsuka-ito (handle wrap), same (ray skin) on the wood core handle, the notched seppa (spacers), silver habaki (blade collar) and cherry blossom menuki (handle ornaments) represent the only vivid aspects of this sobering piece. The black lacquered saya (scabbard) features a buffalo horn-rimmed koiguchi (scabbard mouth) and wood kurikata (knob) and black sageo (cord). The blackened fuchi, kashira, and ornate stainless cherry blossom tsuba accents the forged and through-hardened 27" blade. The 5160 forged high-carbon steel blade features a 1" kissaki (point) and marquenched to an edge hardness of 57HRc with blade geometry conducive to rigorous cutting without chipping or deformation on soft and semi-hard targets.
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The Sakura, the cherry blossom, explodes brilliantly and gorgeously in the Spring but then soon falls. History teaches us there was no greater glory for a samurai warrior to fall in battle in a field of scattered cherry blossoms. Spring Sakura Katana represents this beautiful Japanese metaphor of the transience of life. Built for Martial Artists.
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.
The Dragon King Swords is designed to be the next generation of cutlery enthusiasts will taste the steel of the fabled golden age of swords, the unique fittings and tough, expertly forged blades - this line of swords is perfect for the sword connoisseur who demands the best money can buy. The Dragon King Swords are designed by master sword designer Frenchie Jin, a Chinese bladesmith in Dalian, to show to the sword world what quality, craftsmanship, and ingenuity can produce under the superlative leadership of a true avant-gardist.
Starting in 2016 soon all will know and there will be no doubt who is king, they will grow quickly over the next few months as shipments begin to arrive. Dragon King team plies their abilities also to the production of higher-end katana with folded steel, several styles of sword canes, a handful of Chinese style swords and even jewelry.
- Dragon King Katana - The Seasonal Katana Series represents an entry level katana with traditional handle construction and cotton tsuka-ito (wrap) and real same (ray skin). Designed for regular cutting, the 5160 high-carbon steel blade is through-hardened for toughness.
- Dragon King Canes and Sword Canes - Dragon King has taken their exceptional design and precision casting talents to the world of collectible sword canes. These canes feature tough carbon fiber shafts with forged blades (coming soon!) or beautiful Rosewood shafts and forged-folded (Damascus) blades. Many of the sword canes also integrate hidden utility knives, a first in the cane market.
- Chinese Swords - Dragon King began their sword making endeavors producing extremely high-end swords for the domestic Chinese market. We're talking $65,000 swords with solid-gold fittings. Their dedication to producing some of the highest quality Chinese-style swords available anywhere is immediately evident.
The first sword in the series has been released to coincide with the 400th anniversary of a famous sword fighting manual. Dragon King's Miao Dao is an absolute beast of a sword, while being surprisingly agile.
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