John Lee Ten Kei Katana
Masterpiece of Asian forge-craft
- The sharpened swords’ blade is hand-forged out of 1095 carbon steel (not stainless)
- Kobuse cross-section
- Due to weight the sharpened blade includes a fuller (Bo-Hi)
- Traditional differentially hardened blade as a result of clay applied during the
cooling process with an original, beautiful Hamon-line
- Suitable to cutting practice, 60 HRC at the ha and 40 HRC at the mune
- Fine, handmade fittings (Tsuba, Fuchi, Kashira, Menuki) refined with gold and silver
- The hilt (Tsuka) is made of wood and completed with original ray skin (Same)
- The tight hilt-wrapping of green silk has been done in traditional Katate-Maki-Style
- Habaki of brass
- The handle-end is particularly long and fastened to the hilt with 2 pins of bamboo (Mekugi)
- The sheath (Saya) is made of wood, decorated with an high-quality Sageo (wrapping)
- The ends (Koiguchi, Kurigata und Kojiri) are made of buffalo horn
- Manufacturing followed museum originals
Ten Kei can be translated with Gift of heaven. It’s a symbol for the beauty of nature.
Inspired by nature fine flower motifs are visible in the fittings
The blade has been forged in the complex Kobuse-style.
A hard covering made of 1095 high carbon steel encloses a heart of soft
low carbon steel. Thanks to the traditional differentiated hardening with
clay application the blade has hardness and flexibility as well.
As its historical forerunner this Katana connects gracefulness and usefulness
in a particular way.
Blade length to Tsuba: approx. 71 cm
Total length without sheath: approx. 100cm
Hilt length: approx. 29 cm
Sori: approx. 20 mm
Weight without sheath: approx. 1000g
Total weight: approx. 1300 g
We do not sell this product to customers under the age of 18. Please mention
your date of birth when order. We also need a copy of your ID-card or passport by
email, scan, fax or mail.
Shipping weight: 1.60 kg