The Sokojikara T10 Samurai Sword combines traditional techniques with chic aesthetics for a sword that is truly a masterpiece of modern blade-craft. Designed with the serious swordsman in mind, the T10 features cutting-edge construction and sophisticated appointments typically found only in the most expensive custom-forged swords. A notable example is clay tempering, an ancient Japanese technique that involves covering the blade edge with clay, shielding it from much of the intense heat of the hardening phase. This differential hardening process leaves the spine rigid and exceptionally strong, while imparting flexibility into the blade edge, which would otherwise be brittle and prone to chipping or breakage. The result is the legendary Katana, undisputed king of all swords. Clay-tempered blades are sharper and more resilient than any sword blade on earth, and the clay-tempered, T10 carbon steel Sokojikara is no exception. Beyond its extraordinary 28 1/3” blade, the T10 boasts elegant aesthetic trappings, as well. These include a brass blade clip and menuki; ray skin handle wrapped in soft turquoise cord; and iron tsuba forged with exquisite ornamentation and a keen attention to detail. A handsome, polished wooden scabbard finished in silky burgundy lacquer completes the masterwork. Visually stunning, indeed, but don’t be fooled – the T10’s luxurious appointments do not detract one bit from its fierce potency as a weapon. The Sokojikara T10 is truly a pleasure to wield, and best of all, it’s affordable. Buy one for yourself, or give it as a once-in-a-lifetime memorable gift. Either way, the Sokojikara T10 is sure to be cherished for a lifetime and beyond, as this extraordinary Samurai sword makes a prized family heirloom. Sword and scabbard are 41 1/3” overall.