Number of sword enthusiasts feel confusing when they plan to purchase a right sword, particularly for the starters. Here are the most frequently concern for most of sword lover, these are the important questions you require to learn when you want to purchase a sword.
How to select the right material for the sword
There are many materials available to be made into a blade. As far as Chinese and Japanese hand made sword is considered, the most commonly used material is carbon steel. The fascination of ancient technique is to make a blend of charming appearance sword and high quality blade with common materials.
Below given materials are mostly used to be made into a high quality blade:
Low carbon steel: This common low carbon steel is a type of “ soft material”, Flexibility and hardness are both low as compared to other materials. A blade made with this kind of material is suitable for decorated, tatami mats, cutting practice and also good to be utilized as a practice sword for starters of Dojo. It cannot be utilized to cut wood, bamboos and other hard things because of the strength.
Folded steel: Folded steel is actually built by forging the low carbon steel many times. About eleven to thirteen times fold will make the blade contains 4000 to 16000 layers. This folded forge will get free of the impurity of the low carbon steel which will make the blade looks charming with very fine wavy lines. So this type of blade is also known as Damascus steel. This blade is widely used by many practicers not only because of the performance ratio, but also the charming and unique wavy line. This type of blade has a middle class strength, useful for bamboo cutting, mats cutting, but not suitable to cut very hard thing like iron wire, bone and so on.
High carbon steel: This kind of steel is also known as tool steel in some nations, this a strong material. A blade made from high carbon steel is not only for practice, but also for cutting. This is the real functional sword and can be used to cut iron wire, bone, bamboo and so on if the cutting edge are designed into the right style.
Combined materials: This is a very high class productions and the technology of combining different material is the foundation of ancient making process. This type of swords are not only a – sword, they are a type of artwork as well. They are the blend of craftsmanship and art. Different method of combinations develops different blade structures.
About clay tempered and multiple step hand-abrasive
Hand abrasive and clay tempered is the one of a kind process for the swords made by ancient technique. This process is mostly used when making a high quality blade. While making a top abrasive blade, only the abrasive step will cost an experienced craftsman about four to five days. And therefore, will increase a lot on selling price. However, abrasive and clay tempered cannot enhance the functional use very obviously. So if you want to purchase only for practice or you are planning to purchase a functional cutting sword, you don’t need to pay that much for the features you maybe never care.
What is suitable cutting edge structure?
Most of the sword enthusiasts will ask the same question – is your blade razor sharp? In fact, sharpness is a parameter of the blade, but not the only. The different cutting edges are designed for different use. The first type of cutting edge is for – heavy cut, not very sharp. Basically, it is designed to cut such as big bone, armor, iron pail or any other hard thing. The second type is a balanced one, it feels sharp and most of the sword blades are made this way. Thin bone, bamboos, iron wire, woods and thin iron pail are all ok for it. The style of the third type of cutting edge is razor sharp – it is the best for cutting “not hard thing”, like paper, mat, bamboo and so on. This well sharpened cutting edge will chip if we cut very hard thing, like a thick iron pail. So its nothing to do with the material of the blade, but the structure of the cutting edge.