There are many good swords, but perfection is rare. Samurai swords made by Citadel are among the best that you can buy on the market – in addition to a real Nihonto. Perfection without ifs and but down to the smallest detail. Each sword is made entirely by hand.
Every craftsman involved is a master of his trade. The production of such a work of art takes up to three months and makes each piece unique.
With many mass produced Samurai swords, often only a strip of seed (ray skin) is glued to each side. At Citadel, the entire handle is edged with the highest quality ray skin. The handle winding (Ito), made of the finest Japanese silk, is tightly attached in the Katate Maki style. The strands of the knots cross each other. The winding (Tsuka Maki) is underlaid by traditional, folded paper triangles, the so-called hishigami. The flat-shaped handle (Tsuka) has been 100% adapted to the fishing rod. A bamboo stick (mekugi) holds handle and hinge together. As with the historical originals, this is conical.
Handle end (Kashira) and handle clamp (Fuchi) are made of iron, covered with simple, but noble, black high-gloss lacquer. Also made of iron is the tsuba, which was not cast, but was made by hand. It shows a Japanese temple with cherry blossoms (Sakura no Hana) in the foreground. Decoration rate (Menuki) made of silver-plated bronze offer a nice contrast to the dark handle winding (Tsuka-Maki) and underline the graceful overall picture.
Dried Jakwood was used for both the handle (Tsuka) and the sheath (Saya). In addition to the excellent strength properties, it is also suitable as a starting material due to its low acid content, since it does not attack the blade. The scabbard was painted in shiny black, in the so-called Kuroro style. Sheath opening (Koiguchi), eyelet (Kurigata) and sheath end (Kojiri) are made of water buffalo horn and have been carefully adjusted. The front part of the vagina (saya) is also surrounded by ray skin. This was sanded down and later painted over. The result is a smooth surface with a unique look. The sheath (Saya) is made individually for each blade and guarantees an absolute fit. The blade can be detached from the scabbard with light pressure, but otherwise holds it securely.
The blade is made of 1075 carbon steel (not rustproof). Under traditional clay coating, this was hardened to 60 HRC on the cutting edge and approx. 40 HRC on the back of the blade. The blade clamp (Habaki) was forged from silver-plated copper directly onto the blade. This is the only way to reproduce the fillet up to the tsuba and to guarantee a perfect fit. Thanks to the skills of the polisher, the masterwork of the blacksmith comes into its own. The result is a mirror-polished surface and a clearly recognizable hardening line (Hamon).
Since each sword is unique, dimensions and weight can vary.
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