Differentially Hardened 9260 in Shirasaya

Name 9260 DH in Shirasaya (with real natural hamon)
Blade Clay hardened 9260 Silicon Alloy Carbon Spring Steel.
Overall Length (+ Saya) 40.25"
Treatment Differentially Clay Hardened, Water Quenched
Finish Tameshigiri Polish
Blade Dimension 28" Length, 0.3" Width, 1.25" Height
Sori (Curvature) 0.7"
Weight 2 lbs (with fuller)
Tsuba/Fuchi/Kashira None
Balance Point 6.5" above tsuka
Tsuka/Ho 10.4" Wood
Tsuka Ito None
Mekugi 2 X Wood (Double Pinned)
Same None
Saya 29.8" Raw Hardwood

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This is a Cheness differentially hardened 9260 Silicon Alloy Spring Steel blade (same as those on the Kaze) Housed in a shirasaya. Information on the unique blade itself can be found at the Kaze Page.

Note: This sword does not come with sword bag or display box... The saya itself is the "disposable" protective container for the bare blade. (Sword stand will still be included for free).

The Shirasaya (literal translation: "White scabbard") refers to a plain, unlacquered, wooden scabbard traditionally used as a basic long term holder for blades. The wood is kept raw intentionally to allow for the blade to "breath" through the scabbard. (Lacquering, painting, or varnishing a shirasaya would defeat the purpose).

We decided to house this blade in the shirasaya primarily as a storage and transport device for our bare blades (not as a functional mounting). However, the simple and sleek look of this sword also makes it a great display piece.

The cross section shape of the shirasaya is very different than that of a working saya. This sword exhibits extremely tight tolerance between the saya and the tsuka as well as between the tsuka and mekugi as it is mounted first, then finished as one-piece. The blade is double pinned.

The beautiful natural hamon on the differentially hardened 9260 Spring Steel blade allows for it to be further brought out by etching or polishing the steel. This sword is made as a means to make our 9260 DH available in a near-bareblade format. Allowing for customizing, projects, and experiments. (Following photos are from a re-worked 9260 DH by Christian Beer.)

Although this sword is fully sharpened as is with our tameshigiri cutters, a blade mounted in the shirasaya is not intended to be used for cutting (unless you are a member of yakuza in old Japanese drama movies :p). The shirasaya does not have a tsuba (hand guard) to prevent the hand from sliding upwards towards the blade, nor does it have wrapped handle to provide traction. As such, we do not recommend cutting with this blade until it is properly mounted.

The raw wood used is open grained and very porous.. as such it would become dirty if handled with dirty hands. We suggest washing your hands or wearing gloves before handling this saya if used for display. The saya may also have absorbed some of the oils used to protect it from the elements during ocean transport, some of the oils will be visible from the exterior of the scabbard..

9260 Differentially Hardened blade in Shirasaya

Sale Price: $249.99
Regular Price: $499.99

SOLD OUT (as of 11/30) !!

This is our lastest Shirasaya. Made in response to a demand for the Kaze blade in an unmounted format for customization and display. The blade is made of differentially hardened 9260 with a natural hamon.

Available in non-fullered version only.

9260 DH in Shirasaya (No Bo-hi)
Sold Out - Restock TBD.



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