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The Great Wave Tanto from Paul Chen of Hanwei displays the Tomoe motif used frequenly for family crests and shrine decoration. The koshirae are crafted in blackened iron and feature the Tomoe mon. The blade is hand-forged from T10 high-carbon steel and is differentially hardened to produce a distinctive hamon. The tanto`s tsuka is crafted in ribbed buffalo horn and the saya is deeply lacquered in black.
Premium quality made by Hanwei.
Specifications may slightly vary from piece to piece.
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.