By: SkyJiro Forge
The Kaiyou is just one example of how the Japanese culture has embraced the ocean. It has provided the island with food and transportation for centuries. Appearing in many art forms like poetry, paintings and literature, it was only natural for the ocean theme to become popular amongst the samurai warrior class and their prized weapon. The Kaiyou Katana portrays the ocean theme with inspirations direct from the classic woodblock print "The Great Wave". The crashing waves are deeply carved in the pure white bronze tsuba, fuchi and kashira.
A traditional theme deserves a traditional construction. The Kaiyou has been forged using the kobuse technique of a folded 7800 layer carbon construction with an iron core. There are many ways to achieve this process and Skyjiro Forge has been passing their technique down from teacher to student for blade geometry designed with perfect “niku” (blade belly) for strength and durability. The blade is hardened using the traditional differential clay technique which provides a harder edge for sharpness with a softer spine for durabilty. The blade is then hand polished to a mirror finish with Japanese water stones and finished with finger stones which also enhances the beauty of the genuine hamon line achieved in tempering.
To complete this collector grade katana, Skyjiro Forge has used stingray skin(same) and wrapped pure Japanese silk on to the hardwood handle using two aged bamboo pins for safety. The saya has also been finished with stingray skin and capped with a premium buffalo horn. No detail has been left untouched and the Kaiyou Katana is sure to please both the collector and sensei.
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