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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 blade our blacksmith takes the already rolled spring steel and forges it with hand on the anvil or under the monkey (drop hammer). By forging becomes the steel more compacted (denser). Industrially rolled spring steel blades are made by cutting steel plate into strips under drop shears. Then they are ground or milled/grooved and without further forging directly put into the annealing furnace and hardened in oil bath. The qualities of both kinds of blades do not differ from each other much since the industrial rolling is already very good. On forged blades usually have forge traces, which give them an authentic and unique look.