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  • Katana History, and How to Take Care of It

    Friday, Jun 29, 2012 10:59PM / Information / Members only

    The Katana

    Katana may be the Japanese word for "long sword". The katana was just wielded by the notorious sword masters, the Samurai.

    The katana is a long sword, having a slight curve, single edged, and also have an incredibly sharp point. The first katanas were actually a straight edged blade, and single edged. The Japanese later altered the sword style to a curved blade, to allow them to draw the katana more quickly.

    Samurai's were not only masters of this blade, however they were masters at forging it.

    How the Katana was made

    Prior to the katana being forged, the sword smith would fast and perform a ritual cleansing. This was meant to cleanse the Samurai's spirit, to assistance with forging the sword.

    To forge the unmatched katanas, that were highly superior for his or her period of time, the Japanese sword smiths had to solve an issue. The Japanese were able to make strong, sturdy swords. However, it might lead to them being very brittle. They aimed to change this by folding the steel repeatedly. This made the katana blade very durable. After the blade was sharpened, the katana was durable enough to resist being dulled over time, and also the folded steel prevented the katanas from breaking.

    The katana needed to undergo testing, to determine the excellence of the katana. First, japan would bend the katana, to check its elasticity. If the blade of the katana returned to the original form, it was considered a high quality katana. If the blade from the katana would bend permanently, or break, they katana could be destroyed, along with a brand new one would take its place.

    Katana Sword Care

    The blade from the katana is very sharp, and may cause injury. Please make sure to use extreme caution when following these next steps!

    1. The katana should fit perfectly in to the sheath. This is sometimes a tight fit, to avoid accidental unsheathing. To get rid of the katana from the sheath, contain the sheath firmly and one hand, with your thumb push the guard from the sheath.

    2. Now that your katana is unsheathed, you're ready to begin cleaning! You would require a cotton cloth, sword oil, rice paper, along with a powder ball.

    3. Wipe the blade down with rice paper, when the katana was once cleaned with oil.

    4. Dust the blade using the powder ball, very lightly.

    5. Use the cotton cloth to rub the powder over the blade. Repeat this process on sides until each side of the blade happen to be polished.

    6. Use 2 or 3 drops of sword oil on sides from the blade. Don't touch the blade, just before sheathing the blade.

    7. Sheath the blade.

    Avoid any heavy oil, as it has a tendency to collect within the sheath.

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