a sword by Steel Types
There are a
variety of steel types / heat treatment methods available on our
swords. If you know the type of steel you want (usually from the
types of applications you intend to use the sword for), this guide
will save you time in selecting the right sword for you.
STEEL: Our Most Durable cutting blades to
date, highly resistant to bending. Through hardened 9260 silicon
alloy carbon spring steel blades.
durable with predictable performance medium cutters. Oil quenched,
through hardened 1060 carbon monosteel blades. (Medium Cutters)
most affordable line of Japanese Swords. Through hardened, oil
quenched 1045 carbon monosteel steel blades. (Light Cutters)
steel blade iaito for kata practice. Through hardened 1045 carbon
steel and heat-treated stainless steel blades. (Not for
clayed, differentially hardened blade with unetched natural
hamon line. Created for the subtle and attractive apparence.
(Cutting ability dependent on specific metal used).
steel construction using layered steel billets of different
hardness resulting in a traditional wrapped core blade. (Cutting
ability dependent on specific metal used).
folded steel. Layered and forge folded to create a Damascus
appearance. Very prominent hada. (Cutting ability dependent
on specific metal used).
SELECTION GUIDE -
Difference between 9260, 1060, and 1045 & what is right for
a sword with a thin and long geometry such as the katana, the
steel can be too hard (brittle) or too soft. Even within the optimal
range, there are steel behaviors better for cutting harder targets
as well as softer targets in martial arts applications. To understand
which steel is right for your use, click on the link above to
learn about the different types of steel.
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