The Kaze has our standard 28" in length from notch on habaki to kissaki. Solid width at 0.3" with a sori of 0.7". Tsuba is blackened cast steel tsuba. Kashira and fuchi have reverted back to antiqued brass "nugget" pattern finish. But the most attractive part to this blade is the natural hamon.
The Kaze does not have the same resiliency as the through hardened 9260 "Tenchi" or "Shura", but is stronger than the Kanbai katana. Differential hardening only allows for a portion of the blade to utilize the potential of the properly heat treated silicon alloying agent. This, however, more closely resembles the behavior of a traditionally constructed blade.
The natural hamon on the Kaze is more defined than those on the Kanbai katana. This is due to 2 factors: 9260 reacts to clay hardening differently than 1045... There are less activities on the border of the hamon, but a more distinct pooling of the nie crystal, making for a cleaner, better defined hamon line. Secondly, the kaze has an ever-so-slightly better polish for the purpose of bringing out the natural hamon.
Name "Kaze" (Wind)
Overall Length (+ Saya) 42.5"
Treatment Full Hand Forged, Clay Hardened, Oil Quenched, Hand Polished
Finish Tameshigiri Polish
Blade Dimension 28" Length, 0.3" Width, 1.25" Height
Sori (Curvature) 0.7"
Weight 2 lbs 5 oz (with fuller), 2 lbs 9 oz (without fuller)
Tsuba/Fuchi/Kashira Blackened Cast Steel Tsuba, antiqued brass Fushi/Kashira
Balance Point 5" above tsuba (with fuller), 6" above tsuba (without fuller)
Tsuka/Ho :11" Wood
Tsuka Ito: Black Cotton
Mekugi 1 Wood and 1 Steel Brass Pinned
Same Real Ray Skin Panel Wrap
Saya 30.5" Black Glossy Lacquered Medium Hardwood