TFW presents the Samurai's Katana as the most amazing work of blade art yet, from our Philippine Bladesmith! Every detail, from the green cord-wrapped handle to the polished blued steel tsuba, brass fittings and matt finished, and lacquered scabbard is in perfect detail and balance ...as always.
The hand-forged blade of 5160/D2 is balanced, beautifully ground, and sharpened and honed to a smooth razor edge. Treated with Sodium Nitrate, it is significantly harder than straight 5160 steel. The maker's symbol is seen in the Sandata sword menuki (figures under the grip cord), which add a unique Filipino flavor to an otherwise fully Japanese design.
We feel that our Katana is the finest non-laminated blade available today and when you own one, you'll agree.
Katana History (courtesy of Wikipedia)
"The katana evolved as a more sleek and compact alternative to the tachi. Its origins go at least as far back as the Kamakura Period, with several blades dated from that time residing in various national repositories. Its growth in popularity is believed to have been due to the changing nature of close-combat warfare. The quicker draw of the sword was well suited to combat where victory depended heavily on fast response times. The katana further facilitated this by being worn thrust through a belt-like sash (obi) with the bladed edge facing upwards. Ideally, samurai could draw the sword and strike down the enemy in a single motion. Previously, the curved tachi had been worn with the edge of the blade facing down and suspended from a belt.
The length of the blade varied considerably during the course of its history. In the late 14th and early 15th centuries, katana blades tended to be between 70 to 73 cm (27½ to 28½ in.) in length. While during the early 16th century, the average length was closer to 60 cm (23½ in.). By the late 16th century, the average length returned to approximately 73 cm (28½ in.).
The katana was often paired with a similar smaller companion sword, such as a wakizashi or it could also be worn with the tantō, an even smaller similarly shaped sword. The pairing of a katana with a smaller sword is called the daishō. The daisho could only be worn by samurai and it represented the social power and personal honor of the samurai."