|Armed and very dangerous, especially to myself|
After I replaced the blade, she carefully went over the detailed artwork on the sheath, hilt, and handle. The blade itself had a long chinese-style dragon engraved along the middle, with the maker's symbol indented on the other side. I was impressed at its length--at nearly 2.5 feet this was would not be an easy sword to master. It would be easy to lop off your own nose.
|Only US$20,000 and its yours|
Katana are a very special kind of sword. They are made from an ore called Tamahagane that is very rich in carbon. This ore is what gives the katana its legendary lightness and strength. The making of a single blade can take an entire month as the metal is purified and folded over and over up to a thousand times! In the little town of Seki, well away from the tourist path, is the highest concentration of wazamono in Japan.
Making of a katana
|Samurai Armor. Love the antlers!|
I gave the ancient katana from the 1700's a final gaze, and headed wistfully off to my Japanese cooking class.