Thaitsuki Nihonto Hoso Kumiage Katana - KTN3 The Hoso Kumiage Japanese Katana (KTN3) is specially handmade and forged in the Yamato Nihonto tradition, which is considered to be the oldest tradition in Japanese sword making. This forging method and premium quality, high carbon Japanese steel makes for an extremely sharp, durable and flexible blade with a bo-hi (groove). The Hoso Kumiage features a genuine same' tsuka, Japanese black silk Tsuka Ito and 95% silver hand made Koshirae. The Menuki, Fuchi and Kashira (sword mounting/fittings) are all handmade with 92.5% silver. The oxidization process will create an antique look. The Saya with Kurikata, Sayajiri and Koiguchi are all made of 95% silver. The brass Tsuba is traditionally hand crafted. The Hoso Kumiage Katana is forged using the Japanese Nihonto method and features a bo-hi and Japanese black silk tsuka ito. The Hoso Kumiage Japanese Katana can be completely disassembled for full maintenance. This is a Fully Functional Japanese Katana, NOT a replica. Specifications: Overall Length: 40-1/2" Blade Length: 29-1/2" Tsuka Length: 11" Tang Length: 10" Weight: 2-1/2 lbs. Point of Balance: 5-1/2" Blade: High Carbon Steel - Notare Hamon Edge Hardness: 60-63 HRC Body Hardness: 30-33 HRC Saya: Black Finish with Koiguchi (Buffalo Horn) Each Thaitsuki Japanese Katana comes with it's own individual serial number and certificate from Thaitsuki Nihonto so you can trace it back to when and by whom it was made. Each katana is handmade and the fittings are handcrafted so no two katanas will be ever be exactly alike. Each katana is it's own, one of a kind, work of art.