John Lee dragon katana 1

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Hand-forged tanto from the John Lee series

Masterpieces of asian swordcraft
– handforged from carbon steel and traditionally hardened
– the sharpened blade has a fuller for weight reduction
– the handle (tsuka) is made of wood and covered in real fish skin (same)
– the hilt is wrapped (tsuka-ito) in traditional black cotton
– there are two decorative grip swells (menuki)
– the hilt (tsuka) is anchored to the blade with bamboo pins (mekugi)
– the scabbard (saya) is made of wood
– the blade has a brass collar (habaki) so it won’t rattle in the scabbard
– this sword was crafted following museum originals

This sword’s tsuba is ornamented with a dragon, which even today plays
an important role in Japan, especially during the new year’s fesivities.
Unlike western folklore, the dragon in Japan is a lucky mythical creature.

Details:
– total length: approx.  103 cm
– blade length: approx. 72 cm
– hilt length: approx. 31 cm
– blade curve (sori): approx. 18-20 mm
– weight without scabbard: approx. 1 kg
– weight with scabbard: approx. 1.25 kg

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