This range of wakizashi is constituted of marus 1060. That is to say the blades contain 0.60% of carbon. A high rate of carbon means more strength : the blades strike with more power and they can be sharpened easier. But they are less supple so they do not absorb so easily the impacts : more risks for breakage. Fortunately, 1060 is a better range than the 1045, for these figures mean that there is also other miscellaneous constituents such as molybdenum, and this rightly makes the blades less fragile. So the less suppleness is partly compensated. Anyway a maru with a high level of carbon is all the same conceived to be supple, so an increase of carbon rate is proof of quality.
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Most commonly we distinguish three well known marus, the 1045 (Shigane or tender steel), then the 1060 (Kawagane or middle steel) and the 1095 (Hagane or hard steel). But many others exist such as 1055, 1070, 1075 or 1090 (that is to say 0.55%, 0.70% , ... of carbon) . Start from the principle that the 1045 and 1060 are really sharpened weapons, but the power for cutting is more serious with a wakizashi 1095 ( price from ..... to ...
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Where do our sabers come from?
All wakizashis are forged by our blacksmiths, solely trained to realize Japanese sabers. Katana-craft has been created in order to make sabers within the most traditional manner as possible. Of course our sabers are not nihontos (blades forged by Old Japanese Masters), which price often vary from 10000 to 12000 €/$.
If you want this type of saber, have a look at our column "Item" in the range "Nihonto". Our sabers (but nihontos) are made in accordance with traditional techniques and the highest respect accorded to the katana and what it represent. Forging and polishing are hand made without any help of a machine or other modern means.
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