How to check katana blade

If you are a beginner in the sword industry there are a few things you will need to research on to ensure that you do not end up wasting your time when you finally decide to purchase the katana swords. Here are some few tips on how to get the best katana blade


• Consider the material used on the blade

If you hear an individual say that a sword is made from carbon steel then they probably don’t know what exactly they are saying in this context because steel always have carbon in it as lack of carbon would make it iron. The term carbon is usually useful in distinguishing non stainless from some stainless blades. The very genuine and ancient functional Japanese blade is not stainless. If the blade is stainless then you will definitely know that it is a modern blade which has been designed to be placed on the wall as it will have little value.


• Check the blade sharpness

It is good to learn how to check the blade sharpness safely. In case the blade has been properly maintained or was recently created for use then make sure that the blade is sharp as compared to any kitchen knife that you have ever known. Take care and be careful not to cut yourself.

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• Check the line that goes to the back of the sword

This line is usually called a fuller in the western blade. It is generally accepted that the line is used to lighten the blade and also make it very flexible without weakening it. There are other sources that suggest that the line exists so you can pull the sword out someone’s muscle creating suction holding the blade in someone’s body.


• Check the blade for shine and matte

The back side of the blade and the adjacent sides should at least be shiny but the center and the edge should at least be more matte and reasonably polished. They should also have a wood like grain or some water pattern. The patterns should be unique to each of the blade as they as they are a major part of the blade in terms of beauty and personality. In these ancient blades these patterns forms as result of layering and the process of forging but in the modern blades it may end up being fake.


• Get to understand the age of the blade

The blade can be classed by era of their crafting. The older the blade is then the better the blade quality. The blade made just prior to or since the Second World War have a probability of being mass produced.