John Lee Katana “Saigo Takamori”
Hand-forged samurai sword from the JOHN LEE series
Masterpieces of asian swordcraft
– Handforged from carbon steel and traditionally hardened.
– The blade is folded 12 times (makes 8.000 layers) and has a beautiful structure.
– The sharpened blade has a fuller for weight reduction.
– The hilt (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.
– The design follows museum originals.
JOHN LEE Katana Saigo Takamori
Saigo Takamori, the last Samurai, ended the long Samurai tradition in 1877. He was unwilling to accept the political situation that was doing away with the samurai altogether and started an armed uprising against the military arm of the new government. The military however, was using modern fire weapons, and the samurai never stood a chance.
Each sword is delivered including a seal of authenticity. There is a cloth cover and a high-quality wooden collector’s box, as well as a care set and a velvet-covered, laquered stand.
-Overall length: approx. 101 cm
-Blade length: approx.73 cm
-Hilt length: approx. 27.5 cm
-Blade curve (sori): approx. 18 mm
-Weight without scabbard: approx.1 kg
– Weight with scabbard: approx. 1.25 kg