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The phrase "Ten Kei" can be translated as "gift from heaven" and stands as a symbol of the beauty of nature. Thus inspired, reflected in the hand-made, finished with gold and silver mounts again fine floral motifs. The blade was forged by hand in elaborate kobuse style. Here, surrounded by a sheath of tough 1095 carbon steel a core of softer, low-carbon steel.
Like its historic predecessor, this katana grace and benefits in a unique way. The curing is differentiated at 60 ° Rockwell to the cutting edge and 40° at the Rockwell blade back. Visible is this difference in hardness at a genuine, finely worked hamon line.
Each Ten Kei Wakizashi original John Lee sword comes with a seal and a certificate of origin.
The daggers are approximately made as follows. The basic shape of the blade is made by a laser CNC machine. It is burned from spring steel. The semi-finished blade follows then in the groove cutter, where the cutting edge and the groove are milled. The blade is then oil-quenched and tempered to the desired hardness. Then the guard and pommel is attached to the blade tang. The tang is usually peened at the end (behind the pommel) and the cross-guard hard soldered with brass. Hardwood plates are placed under the handle wrapping from genuine cowhide so that the handle is sufficiently robust for a safe grasp. The steels surfaces obtain the desired finish in the end - with a wire brush or with a felt disc with polishing paste.