Lucid dreams of swordcraft greatness
Savage yet beautiful, tough yet graceful, Shinwa's "Lucidity" Katana is a wild animal in the trappings of a shogun. Shinwa developed this distinctive traditional Japanese weapon with the serious swordsman in mind. Master smiths painstakingly hand forge every blade, and seasoned sword artisans expertly handcraft the tsuka and saya. From vigorously hammering the raw, molten steel to gingerly tapping in each wooden mekugi, every step in the Lucidity's construction receives the utmost care and precise attention to detail. Some of the world's - and history's - most revered techniques are employed, and every material is top-of-the-line. Add chic aesthetics and sophisticated appointments, and you've got a sword destined to be a legend.
Top-grade steel enhanced with gorgeous copper hue
The Lucidity's blade is hand forged from T10 - one of the most sought-after high carbon steels - and T10 alone would yield a blade with a nasty bite. But the Lucidity takes it a step further, enhancing the blade with a time honored differential hardening technique called clay tempering. Unique to traditional Japanese swordcraft, clay tempering was developed centuries ago by Edo-period smiths and is integral to the katana's longstanding, well-earned reputation as the sharpest sword on earth.
Sharpest in the world and stays that way
Clay tempering also imparts edge retention that's simply without equal. The Lucidity's clay tempered tanto blade glides through rolled bamboo tatami mats and even cinder blocks like a koi through a still pond, suffering neither crack nor fissure, all-the-while retaining its razor sharp edge. Try that with an ordinary, non-tempered blade! It’ll almost certainly result in a dulled and/or chipped edge and perhaps even a cracked blade spine or worse. Clay tempering is due much of the credit for the Lucidity's ability to withstand such punishing cutting trials. The tempering process is conceptually simple, but in practice it requires great skill and many years of grueling experience.
Clay tempering still painstakingly performed by seasoned hands
Prior to the intense heat of the hardening phase, Shinwa's expert swordsmiths coat the newly formed, unrefined blade with clay - a thin layer along the edge, a thicker layer on the body and spine. When the blade emerges from the hardening forge, the clay layers' contrasting thicknesses cause the steel to cool at slightly different rates, yielding two distinct hardness regions. The edge cools faster, making it harder for edge retention and shear strength. The body and spine cool more slowly, rendering it "tougher"- less brittle, more flexible and better equipped to absorb impact energy.
Sublime, practically Zen-like feel to match serene look
Impeccably balanced, the Lucidity's weight is shrewdly distributed for improved control and agility, quicker response, as well as maximum power from every swing. The delicately textured genuine ray skin same and soft braided ito that cloak the tsuka afford a comfortable, no-slip grip, further enhancing the sword's superb feel. Expertly cast from bronze and embellished with delicate reliefs, the tsuba guards the hand, while conferring rich regal charm. Nestled between ito and ray skin same, the classic brass menuki affords a perfect finishing touch to the tsuka.
Experience the Lucidity, then pass it on
The Lucidity has proven itself time and again, and it holds its own against any of today's most expensive katana, outperforming many. But the old cliché is true - "action" does indeed "speak louder than words," and at this unbeatable, downright unheard of price, why deny yourself the opportunity to experience Shinwa's Lucidity Katana for yourself? No matter how you use it, with proper care you can enjoy it for a lifetime. Then pass it down to your children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren! The Lucidity is heirloom-quality and built to be treasured by generations of your descendants; it’s your legacy preserved in hand forged steel!
- Traditional Japanese swordcraft at its height - painstakingly handcrafted using only the finest materials for spectacular visual allure and tremendous potency
- Full tang 29" T10 high carbon steel blade - expertly hand forged by seasoned swordsmiths using advanced techniques honed over centuries
- Classic tsuka wrapped in delicately textured genuine ray skin same and black leather ito; traditional wooden mekugi, brass menuki
- Elegant, exquisitely detailed tsuba flawlessly cast and accented with stunning reliefs
- Hand-lacquered wooden saya embellished with sparkling red finish
- Overall length: 41" - impressively sized yet easy to wield and deft in battle
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