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40 Inch Gold Spiral Dragon Red Katana Sword Plus Extras Review

This is a good choice representing a katana, or “samurai sword,” in the 40 Inch Gold Spiral Dragon Red Katana Sword Plus Extras is a great selection. This particular model includes a gold dragon theme throughout the construction of what is a premium-styled red katana. This is one of the best swords offered here displaying a gold dragon on the hilt with each end piece a silver dragon cap. You can tell right off that a great deal of detail attention accompanied the creation of this sword.

Following Tradition

Traditionally, Japanese sword makers were held in deep regard for their attention to detail creating many katanas for the warrior Samurai class. A katana could be specifically designed and created for one individual that would become associated with its owner much like a specifically manufactured set of pearl-handle six shooters would be created for a famous gunslinger in the U.S. Old West of the mid to late 1800s.

In fact, the practice of iado, the drawing of the sword and cutting of an opponent has been compared to the art of the shootout where two gunmen stared each other down in a dusty street in an old West town until each drew a gun from a holster and fired at their opponent.

Duels Fought For Centuries

The art of Japanese swordsmanship that includes use of a katana is known as kenjitsu. Practitioners settled scores with a katana in hand much like the duels between gentlemen on the European continent during the same time period from the 1600s to mid to late 1800s. One of the most famous Japanese swordsmen was named Miyamoto Musashi who was known for his creation of a fighting style known as Niten-ryu and the author of The Book of Five Rings that teaches strategy, tactics as well as philosophy written in the 17th century and studied still today.

He is credited with creating a two-sword technique that became a staple of kenjitsu known as niten-ichi (Tow Swords as One) which he noted was inspired by the two-hand drumming technique employed by Buddhist monks. Musashi is said to have travelled throughout Japan participating in challenge duels. He participated in more than 60 during his lifetime never losing one. In fact, legend has him at age 13 in his first duel that resulted in the death of his opponent. He might have been proud to wield a sword such as this 40 Inch Gold Spiral Dragon Red Katana Sword Plus Extras.

Product Particulars

This 40 Inch Gold Spiral Dragon Red Katana Sword Plus Extras sports a superbly crafted stainless steel blade that slips into a hard red-colored scabbard with high gloss finish. The sword has a long, two-fisted handle of a red snakeskin-style with gold molden artwork enhancements wrapped in red cord. The extras include a 7.875 inch stiletto with a 7.5 inch knife that hide away firmly fitted in the scabbard. The overall presentation length is 40 inches with a 26.125 blade length and a 10.75 inch long handle.

Samurai Swords and The Swordsmiths

Samurai Swords and The Swordsmiths

Samurai Swords and The Swordsmiths

Back in the early times of sword manufacture, the production of super strong high-grade carbon steel wasn’t even a vague dream. But we know, as history has taught us, that sword makers of ancient times still managed to produce superb quality, strong weapons.

So just how was this possible all those hundreds of years ago? How did these ancient swordmakers manage to craft weapons of such high-quality? What was the secret to this skill of taking poor quality ore and turning it into the finest quality steel blades? Well, it seems the process of Japanese samurai swords making was an highly advanced artform. It wasn’t as simple as casting a sword shape with molten steel and sharpening an edge. What the swords makers would do was to hammer the heated and softened steel flat, and fold it over and hammer it flat again, and repeat this process over and over, maybe by upto as much as thirty times.

This was a very long and labor-intensive process, but in the constant folding and hammering of the steel, it would create internally something comparable to layers. Take a book and fold it parallel to the spine, roll it up and you’ll see what a swords structure inside would look like, and also see how strength increases. This gave the sword a superior strength. As in much of Japanese culture, like Martial Arts for example, many advancements and ways are attributed to emulating natures ways and by observing natures patterns.

It is sometimes thought by some that the idea for this ‘folding’ to create the ‘rings/layers’ inside the samurai sword came about by looking at the cross section of the inside of a tree trunk and observing the way these almost layer like rings of wood gave the tree the strength to stand upto natures forces without breaking very easily, but merely bending with the wind. This is thought by some to be the idea which gave birth to the folded steel concept of Japans samurai swords.

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