The Hawk Katana is a fully functional martial art grade Nihonto mounted with quality furniture, genuine same tsuka panels, and excellent saya lacquer quality. Hand forged by SkyJiro, the Hawk sword is part of their Kiyoshi Class of very desirable martial arts and collector level swords with traditional katana features. Folded with 1085/1055 carbon steel, the Hawk Katana is then tempered with the differential clay hardening method to produce a genuine hamon. The 5800 layered blade reveals it's true beauty with a high grade hand mirror polish with Japanese water stones. For proof of authenticity the SkyJiro forge sword smith will etch his signature on the tang as done traditionally on ancient Japanese blades. This well balanced blade combines superior handling with strong cutting performance at a very reasonable price. If you are looking for a sword to reflect the arcane nature of the Samurai warrior tradition, look no further than the Skyjiro Forge Hawk Katana.