Samurai Swords Look Simple. Why is It So Complicated to Make?
In ancient times, the smelting technology was underdeveloped, which caused the steps of making an excellent katana very tedious, and the craft of the knife maker must be excellent, many knife buyers would give a high price according to the reputation of the knife maker. But the times have changed, with the development of science and technology, knife-making technology has also been advanced with the times. The current high temperature smelting technology can mass produce katana quickly, and the quality is good while the price is low. However, in this case, the katana would not be valuable and could not be sold at a high price, so there is a rumor that the more complicated the making process is, the better the katana will be, which is exactly a marketing method.
1. The cultural value of Japanese katana set
At first, it is the cultural output. Japanese anime is very popular all over the world. In Japanese anime, the main character often holds a samurai sword, which is often forged by an unknown old hermit in the village, picked up a piece of black iron in the East China Sea, and it was startle the universe and move the gods when the katana came out at the end after 81 days of refining. It created a stereotype that the katana is very expensive over time.
After that, it is to deliberately raise the threshold, and preach that the katana is qualified only by using low-temperature technology, and modern high-temperature smelting technology is not suitable for making katana at all, which increases the difficulty of katana making, reduces the controllability of katana making, and let everyone in the world think that only the katana made in the ancient way is the pure katana of Japan and it's worth paying big bucks for. If you want to buy affordable cool Japanese swords, COOLKATANA would be your best choice!
2. The making process of Japanese katana set is very long
There are steel making, steel forging, and then the later tempering, shaping, quenching and other processes, the production process of a top quality Japanese katana set usually takes more than half a year, and some even take several years to finish them, which is the reason that the katana has such high value.
Then, let's talk about why are samurai swords so sharp and remain resilient. This is because the katana also has a unique technique, which is burning blade covered with earth. After quenching, the katana should also be fired once to enhance the strength and flexibility of the blade, so that it is not easy to crack or break in actual combat. This is why the blade of the top katana looks disorganized, so-called "The sword would cut clean through iron as though it was mud" is like this. The katana after burning blade covered with earth can easily cut the steel bar without breaking the mouth or curling the blade. This is the so-called "The higher the price is, the better the quality is", and there is a reason that the katana is so expensive.
Therefore, the production of the katana is actually very simple, and the complex process of the Japanese katana set is entirely artificial. A handmade traditional katana usually needs two to three months to make through three steps: folding and forging, quenching, polishing. And the traditional katana has no chance of winning against modern katana, a Russian tactical dagger made of titanium and tungsten steel can thoroughly defeat the traditional katana, its toughness and hardness are more than a little stronger than that of the katana. As for the value of the katana spreading in the world is that it has the value of artistic commemoration.