Japanese Iron Folded 2048 Times
Characteristically based on our longtime most sought after Iaito available, Mino's signature Katana sword with the Live blade (Shinken) is now the ultimate luxury. The blade may be ordered with or without a Bo-Hi (Blood Groove) in the genuine traditionally forged Japanese Tamahagane Carbon Steel. This means that the hand-fired tamahagane is folded a full 11 times to produce 2048 layers (Twice the standard for other available Katana sword's). The higher quantity of layers provides more unique and mystical hada patterns, which defines and displays the craftsman’s experience and knowledge of traditional metallurgy passed down from generation to generation. Only the utmost skilled bladesmiths (Toushyo) and polishers (Togi-shi) can bring out the beauty and life from the Shinsakuto live blade. During the forging process, all of the slags and impurities of the Tamahagane are burned off and forged folded to an uncompromised strength with an extremely sharp cutting edge. The final carbon content is 1% and the hardness is an impressive HRC 58°on the Rockwell Scale. This high quality blade can easily cut through tatami straw mats or bamboo for Tameshigiri or Batto-do use.