I will tell you how to make a real Japanese sword.
I think everybody knows about. Some persons, watching Hollywood moovies, are sure that such a sword could be made during one night on the Bronx backyards. Other persons are befooled by the horrible made replicas, which pervades the tables and have the false name of "katana", "tati" or "vakidzasi".
Personally I am really anoyed with this cheap taiwanian and spanish replicas which pervades the arms market. I am really upset with this and I would cut the manufacturers arms with their own made swords. But it is not my business, actually I want to tell you something else. If you want to embelish the wall of your house with a genuine "katan", you have to pay attention to a few important moments.
1. The shape of the sword. It used to be different, in dependence of the epoca it has been made in, or it depend of the master which maked it. Thus it is impossible to determine a specific shape of a real Japanese sword. But there are specific geometrical distinctions, which features all the genuine swords and used to be perserved through the centuries.
2. The swords "fighting" capacities. But you should be extremly careful, as in different countries there are different lows regarding the arm blanches. For example in Russia you can be commited to prison for arms keeping.
3. The exterior configuration. Basically, the manufacturers of the genuine swords was inspired by the sword not as a weapon, but as an a work of art, which persisted during the Tokugawadian period. During that period swords used to embelish the houses of nobles. Now it captures the buyers sights with its iridescent radiance.
Personally I consider that the most important element in the sword is its blade, the rest of it is just decoration.
So, lets talk in details how to make a sword.
The first and the most important element is the steel which is used. The steel must resist the internal pressure during the quenching process. The blades hardness should be not less than 60 units. After the polishing process, the quenching line should be visible by naked eye (withaut any chemical treatments). And the last and a very important moment is that after the quenching process, the sword must be strainghten on its axis of elongation withaut any damages...
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