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- The Musashi forge is known for consistently producing functional and stylish katana swords with an amazing value combined with stunning performance.
Musashi continues to raise the bar with the new Musashi Elite Series swords for 2009
We like to think of these swords as functional samurai works of art. Completely handmade with close supervision and attention to detail, these swords are designed to be collection (and dojo) center pieces.
The thick blades are forged from 1060 High Carbon Steel using the traditional Muku-kitae method. The hamon and 55 HRC blade hardness are formed with the water temper process. During production the blade is hand honed for an impressively sharp edge, inspected and polished, and coated with protective oil.
These models come with a highly detailed copper tsuba and brass fuchi and kashira. Other details include a hardwood handle with real ray skin, tight cord wrapping, hardwood saya with piano paint finish, a Certificate of Authenticity, and hardwood display box.
The goal of these new 2009 models is to provide a katana which is unique, graceful and powerful, and retains the high value which Musashi is known for.
Materials and Way of Forge:
* Absolutely stunning workmanship and attention to detail. * Traditional hand forge Muku-kitae method. * 1060 High Carbon Steel with water temper process. * 55 HRC blade hardness. * Hamon and hardness created with temper process. * Real hamon, not wire brushed or printed. * Real ray skin wrapped grip with black cotton cord wrap. * Extremely sharp hand honed edge. * Brass Fuchi and Kashira.
* Musashi Elite Series for 2009 * Completely handmade samurai sword. * Hardwood scabbard with high quality piano paint finish. * 42.5 in. overall, 29.5 in. blade, 11 in. handle. * Comes serialized with Certificate of Authenticity. * Includes cotton sword bag.
Miyamoto Musashi was a famous Japanese swordsman and is believed to have been one of the most skilled swordsmen in history. Musashi, as he is often simply known, became legendary through his outstanding swordsmanship in numerous duels, even from a very young age. He is the founder of the Hyoho Niten Ichi-ryu, or Niten Ryu style of swordsmanship and wrote Go Rin No Sho, The Book of Five Rings, a book on strategy, tactics, and philosophy that is still studied today.
Musashi writes about his first duel: "I have trained in the way of strategy since my youth, and at the age of thirteen I fought a duel for the first time. My opponent was called Arima Kihei, a sword adept of the Shinto ryu, and I defeated him. At the age of sixteen I defeated a powerful adept by the name of Akiyama, who came from the prefecture of Tajima. At the age of twenty-one I went up to Kyoto and fought duels with several adepts of the sword from famous schools, but I never lost." -Musashi Miyamoto, Go Rin No Sho
It is notable that Musashi died of what is believed to be thoracic cancer, and was not killed in combat. He died peacefully after finishing the Dokkodo ("The Way of Walking Alone", or "The Way of Self-Reliance"), 21 precepts on self-discipline to guide future generations.
After his death various legends began to appear. Most talk about his feats in kenjutsu and other martial arts, some describing how he was able to hurl men over 5 feet backwards, other about his speed and technique. Other legends tell of how Musashi killed giant lizards in Echizen, as well as Nues in various other prefectures. He gained the stature of Kensei, a "sword saint" for his mastery in swordsmanship. Some believed he could run at super-human speed, walk on air, water and even fly through the clouds.
▪ Overall Length: 42.5"
▪ Blade Length: 29.5"
▪ Blade Material: 1060 Carbon Steel
▪ Handle Material: Real Ray Skin; Double Pegged
▪ Includes: Cotton sword bag
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