Sokojikara Clay Tempered T10 Steel Katana Sword - Bamboo
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  • 28 1/3” T10 carbon steel blade
  • Iron tsuba, collar and pommel
  • Cord-wrapped ray skin handle
  • Wooden scabbard
  • Overall length: 41 1/3”

The process of clay tempering this T10 carbon steel blade gives it strength and flexibility, which are the hallmarks of a high quality sword. Through this differential hardening process, clay is used to create the difference in temperature on the edge and the spine of the blade to achieve a blade that is a masterpiece of perfection. It just doesn’t get any better than this! You're getting 28 1/3” of sheer beauty and power! The katana is further elevated by the keen attention to detail in the iron tsuba’s design and features a brass blade clip and menuki. The handle is ray skin wrapped in a soft brown cord. Its perfection is completed with the bamboo-colored wooden saya. Measures 41 1/3” long overall.

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Excellent sword Reviewed by on May 20, 2016   5 out of 5

PostPosted: Fri 13 May, 2016 6:52 pm Post subject: Sokojikara Katana Review Report this message Reply with quote Edit this post There are two katanas in the Sokojikara line. Both are $299. Normally I wouldn't go for a katana in this price range, but I liked that it's T10 steel as opposed to the 1040-1065 carbon steel that you normally see swords made out of in this range. I also liked the longer handle than the 10" you normally see on swords. I purchased this one. The specs on the sword I received are: Blade length: 28 5/8" Blade width at habaki: 1 5/16" Spine width at habaki: 5/16" Spine width at tip: 1/4" Handle length: 11 5/8" Handle width: 1 1/2" Overall length: 40 3/8" The handle is wrapped in real ray skin. The tsuba, fuchi and koshira are all cast steel. The menuki and shoto-dome are brass. The blade has a real and beautiful hamon, but it is not as polished and pronounced as on other swords.I have not removed the tsuka to look at the tang, but the sword is double pegged, and judging by how far down the second mekugi is, I'd say it's substantial. The habaki fits VERY tight in the days. The koiguchi is of water buffalo horn, and the kurigata is of the same wood the saya is made from. I'm not sure what the wood is, I would guess maple...? The sageo is a polyester material and of a proper length to secure the sword in your obi for iaido practice. The sword is a bit blade heavy, but I like the heft for cutting. I cut some bamboo with it, and it did pretty well (though, the bamboo was still very green... I hope to practice on some more dried pieces, and tatami mats in the near future.) I purchased this sword for the purpose of using it in martial arts and am quite pleased with it. If someone is looking for a sword to practice iaido or tameshigiri, I would recommend this over other swords in its price range.

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