John Lee Musashi Ichi Tanto




Hand-forged samurai sword from the John Lee series

Masterpieces of asian swordcraft
– handforged from carbon steel and traditionally hardened
– 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 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.

JOHN LEE Musashi Ichi Tanto
Miamoto Musashi (1584-1645) was one of Japans most imposing samurais,
often called the best sword fighter of all time. He was a master artist and
craftsman who founded his own school of tsuba manufacture,
most well-known for the simple double-oval tsuba.

– total length: approx. 41 cm
– blade length: approx. 27 cm
– hilt length: approx. 14 cm
– blade curve (sori): approx. 8 mm
– weight without scabbard: approx. 0.5 kg
– weight with scabbard: approx. 0.6 kg

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