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How is a Japanese Sword Constructed?

How is a Japanese Sword Constructed?

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It is really a complex process to make a blade. It consists of folding,forging,polishing,
decoration.
Handmadesword.com wholesale house are very professional at katana swords, offering various Japanese Samurai style swords. The best choice for you.
It is really a complex process to make a blade. It consists of folding,forging,polishing,
decoration.
Handmadesword.com wholesale house are very professional at katana swords, offering various Japanese Samurai style swords. The best choice for you.

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How is a Japanese sword constructed?
By Handmadesword.com PR Dept.www.handmadesword.comHandmadesword.com, the wholesale Japanese sword House All rights reserved The swordsmith forges the actual blade. He starts usually with a special kindof traditional Japanese steel called tamahagane, and works with hammer andforge to fold it a number of times. There are two processes in general, one tomake core steel (shinganae) and the other to make jacket steel (kawagane).Kawagane is folded more times and ends up being harder and less ductile thanshinganae. In the most simple construction, a piece of kawagane is foldedaround a piece of shinganae to form a jacketed core. Thus the shinganaeallows the sword to flex instead of breaking on impact, and the kawaganeallows it to take the famous razor edge. More complicated construction methodscan produce swords made of as many of 5 pieces of steel, all forged differently.The folding process is used to closely control the uniformity and carbon contentof the steel. An accomplished smith can tell by eye to within a tenth of a percentthe carbon content of a piece of steel.When the basic blank has been constructed, the smith will continue to workwhat is essentially a metal bar into the shape of the sword. When the forging isdone, the blade is the correct length, curvature and general shape, but lacks afinish and certain of the various edges and features. The smith will then usecoarse polishing stones to further define the blade before passing it onto thepolisher.The polisher uses successive grades of stone to finish the blade. The polisher is responsible for the famous edge, but that is only one part of his job. His real job is to bring out the beauty of the smiths art. Properly polished, the complexityof the construction is revealed. Improperly polished, the blade is ruined.

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