Ryujin 1045 Carbon Steel 'Urushi-kei' Art SwordBe the first one to write a review
"Art Should Hurt": PVC Plastic Saya Series
Monotempered 1045 Carbon Steel Blade with highly artistic fittings and hard wearing next generation PVC plastic saya. Great as a display piece and light to medium backyard cutting (fully tempered blade).
"ART SHOULD HURT"
All too often the more ornate and affordable Katana designs out there are let down by stainless steel (read: purely decorative) blades. But these are no mere ornaments..
While all the Katana swords in the Ryujin Art Sword series are primarily designed for display purposes - the 1045 carbon steel blades are well tempered and surprisingly strong (a well tempered 1045 carbon steel blade like this one is only slightly less durable than a 1060 carbon steel blade) so that the end result is a true piece of sword art. Something that isn't just 'bark' - but actually has some serious 'bite' to it if ever needed (after all, a purely decorative sword just doesn't have the same presence as a live blade, and the first question anyone who spies a decorative sword will ask 'is it real?'..)
For this particular piece, the focal point is the attractive and durable art saya (sheathe) with a traditional Japanese lacquering style ('Urushi-kei') depicting the 'Four Noble plants" (plum, orchid, bamboo, and chrysanthemum), each with its valued characteristic, such as purity (orchid), uprightness (bamboo), and humility (chrysanthemum). Unlike most saya at this price point (which are made from the cheapest, usually poorly fitting, wood available), the next generation of PVC plastic saya fit like a glove, do not shrink or expand with changes in temperature and barometric pressure and are scratch and crack resistant - making these saya head and shoulders above any other saya on a sword at this kind of price point (not to mention, allows for a super clear and vibrant image that makes the art sword line even more alluring!).
While it is an attractive package, it is important to remember that this is functional art - not a purely decorative blade. All in all, it's simply a great looking piece - and is functional enough for some good old fashioned light backyard cutting (water filled bottles, soft wood saplings, light bamboo, etc) in fact a well tempered 1045 carbon steel blade is often passed off as 1060, 9260 or whatever is the 'super steel' of the month because it's stronger than you might think. If you weren't told they were mass produced, it could be all to easy for unscrupulous sellers to present these swords to you at considerably higher prices (we have seen the exact same swords for sale on Amazon for $125 plus shipping - most charge $100-150 or more!).
Great value no matter which way you look at it - sword art priced so that ANYONE can afford it.