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The name of Katana Citadel Yushu (engl. "perfection") carries this sword to right. The lots of details to make it a work of art of the highest class.
Handle accounts (Kashira) and handle clamp (Fuchi) are made of iron, covered with simple, but elegant, high-gloss black lacquer. Iron is also the tsuba, which is not cast but made by hand. It shows a Japanese temple with Cherry blossom (Sakura no Hana) in the foreground. Trim rate (Menuki) of silvered bronze offer a nice contrast to the dark winding handle (Tsuka-Maki) and emphasize the graceful whole.
The razor sharp blade is made of 1075 carbon steel. Differentially hardened by use of clay application on 60 HRC at the cutting edge and approx. 40 HRC on the blade back. The master polisher lets the masterpiece of the blacksmith stand out and shine. A mirror-polished surface, as well as a clearly recognizable temper line (hamon) are the true result.
Every Katana Citadel Yushu sword comes next to a production certificate, with a quality sword bag, and a padded Cordura bag for the transport.
Each product is one and only and make by hand of masters. The Citadel have purpose to make all not only effective but beautiful and harmonious as well. History of Citadel.
In the case of hand-forged blades, our blacksmith takes the already rolled spring steel and forges it by hand on the anvil or under the drop hammer. The steel gets more solid (denser) by forging. In the case of industrially rolled spring steel blades, the sheets of steel plate is cut to strips under drop snips, then ground or milled and immediately forged into the annealing furnace and oil-quenched. The properties of both kinds of steels are not very different, since industrial rolling is already very good! On forged blades are usually blacksmith marks, which give them an authentic and unique look.