posted on Mar, 25 2006 @ 06:44 PM
I've been interested in swords my whole life, but it wasn't until I was 14(I’m currently 16) until I started buying some. Currently I own a
katana, a few cheaper swords, a 3-headed mace, a double sided axe, a few daggers, and my babies- Kit Rae's Valermos Gold edition #0411/1000, and a
Russ Farrell/Frost Cutlery Pirate of Skull Island sword/dagger set, unserialized 1/10,000. Anyhow, I thought I’d mention that to add that I have
some background into swords.
Anyhow, back to making katanas. The katana is made up of about 95% iron. The rest of the compounds in it vary from carbon to copper, all the way to
silicone, silicone and carbon giving the sword its most important features-strength, weight, flexibility, and durability.
They sometimes, but not all the time, fold the metal repeatedly. They do this because it spread the compounds throughout the sword.
After creating these katanas for over a hundred years, the Japanese realized that the sword wasn’t all that great. The folding created a weaker
sword after exaggerated use and the quality of the steel wasn’t excellent to begin with. So they started cross-folding or overlapping metals. They
took a metal they composed of mostly titanium and silicon and compacted it down tightly; using the folding method, then took plain steel and wrapped
it around the titanium/silicon core, then hammered a blade into it. This created a sword light enough for fast use, but heavy enough to fight strongly
with. Because when using a katana, you don’t swing it around crazy and fight like European style sword fighting, like in brave heart, where its
sword to sword combat, you swing the sword in a figure eight style and use your feet, quickness, agility, and reaction time to do the fighting for
you. That’s why samurais wore all that gear.
So that’s today’s lesson in katana making. So go ahead buy your multimillion dollar laser machine and do it. But remember, make sure it under
62cm long other wise its a diato, not a katana. So back to the discussion, it would be a waste of time, nobody really uses them anymore, and most are
mass produced except the hand-crafted really expensive ones and with those, you get what you pay for.