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Keshi means "poppy", which is the theme of this sword. The Tsuba of blackened iron depicts poppy leaves. Fuchi, Kashira and Menuki show the unique poppy flowers. Another highlight is the handle wrapped tightly in brown leather, which is wrapped over ray skin. Endings (Kurigata, Kojiri, Koiguchi) from buffalo horn adorn the black, high gloss lacquered scabbard.
The razor-sharp blade is made of carbon steel 1075. Differentially hardened by use of clay to about 60 HRC (cutting edge) and around 40 HRC (back of the blade). A fuller (Bo-Hi), which also visible on the forged Habiki, reduces weight and provides an optimal balance to the blade. The masterful work of the blacksmith and a beautiful hamon line are visible thanks to the skills of the polisher.
You will receive the Wakizashi Keshi with a production certificate, a quality sword bag, a Sageo from silk, and a padded Cordura bag for easy 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.