Ryujin 1045 Carbon Steel 'Blood Rose' Art Sword
"Art Should Hurt": ABS Plastic Saya Series
Differentially hardened 1045 Carbon Steel Blade with real hamon, highly artistic fittings and hard wearing next generation PVC plastic saya. Great as a display piece and light to medium backyard cutting.
"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?'..)
The blade of this sword has been differentially hardened to produce a genuine hamon temper line - and combined with the solid bodied blade geometry, makes for a surprisingly strong and extremely attractive sword whose appearance belies its humble price point.
While the blade and fittings are visually appealing, it culminates in the attractive and durable art saya (sheathe) depicting a battle scene with blood red roses at its base. 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.
Great value no matter which way you look at it.
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Featured positive reviews:
The item was shipped very quickly from the store.
The tsuba had a minor nick in the front where the black color was scraped away revealing some of the metal underneath otherwise seems to be undamaged.
On the seppa there has been engraved the name of the producers on one side and 'china' on the other. This was not shown in the store picture and while I do not mind the former and I think I would have preferred if the latter was omitted from easy view on a display piece.
The sword was advertised with a real hamon, and while that might be true I was unable to spot a hamon on the black blade. The sword was not delivered papercutting sharp as I was unable to cut through paper except towards the tip of the blade.
That aside the sword was advertised primarily for display purposes and it does that very well. The sword is pretty and makes for an amazing art piece standing on my bookshelf.