Dragon King Summer Lotus Katana
Premium Quality 5160 Monotempered Beater Katana Series. MSRP $449.00
Continuing our themed katana series, our Summer Lotus Katana articulates every aspect of this fruitful season. The tsuba expresses a water garden, lotus flower and tree motif reflected in the snail and frog menuki (handle ornaments), symbols of fertility and good fortune. The blackened tsuba, fuchi, tsuka-ito (handle wrap) and fuchi-kashira contrast the real white same (ray skin) handle, the notched seppa (spacers), silver habaki (blade collar) and the green textured lacquered saya (scabbard). The 5160 forged carbon steel blade features a 1 ½" kissaki (point) and blade geometry conducive to rigorous cutting without chipping on a wide variety of cutting targets.
About Dragon King
The famed artisans of Dalian have returned to show to the sword world what quality, craftsmanship and ingenuity can produce under the superlative leadership of a true avant-gardist. By the guidance of master designer, Frenchie Jin, the next generation of cutlery enthusiasts will taste the steel of the fabled golden age of swords.
Ever the student of the arts, Frenchie Jin combined the processes of contemporary mechanical construction and modern science with the classic arts, ancient aesthetics and philosophical imagery to produce many of the legendary pieces known today. Having designed over 600 different cold weapons in his 20-year career, to say that he and his team have mastered and advanced their craft would be an understatement.
The Dragon King brand does not represent a company that just manufactures products but embodies a group of artisans who have been adeptly trained to duplicate ancient skillsets that can't be automated by machines on an assembly line. Not every blade that is forged becomes a sword. Not every casting that is poured becomes a component of a greater piece. The goal for improvement and innovation starts every day under Frenchie's guidance.
Not confining their talents to sword making alone, the Dragon King team plies their abilities also to the production of knives, jewelry and other high end art-crafts. And not just in steel alone, these artisans craft wood and leather among many other materials and alloys. Our journey together has only begun, but the fruits of that labor are coming to bear.
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Featured positive reviews:
After years of eyeing functional katana, a the Summer Lotus caught my eye and an SBG sale made my decision to purchase easy. The sword arrived and my heart stopped as I un-sheathed the blade for the first time. The tightly wrapped tsuka, longer handle, and solid feel were delightful to hold and swing. The slightly heavier blade feel made slicing through test boxes effortless and greatly satisfying. The tsuba, seppa, and menuki are attractive, sturdy, and functional. The blade polish is decent with a little less refined beyond the yokote. The saya is of good construction, though some adhesive/laminate at the saya mouth/koi-kuchi is peeling. The Saya texture and forest green color are very pleasant, and field functional (not brightly colored). Sageo feels and looks real nice. I am very much looking at completing the swords of the seasons collection, especially the Winter Sun. You won't be disappointed!!