Dragon King War Horse Katana
Differentially Hardened Katana with Prominent, Real Hamon. MSRP $499.00
The earth trembles and the air thunders as thousands of hoofs strike the ground over the horizon. The tranquility of the emerald sea nor of the clear blue sky shield you from the destruction galloping toward you as battle nears. Much like the War Horse Katana, the beautiful colors of the emerald tsuka over white same (ray skin) belie the deadly sharp steel blade nestled in the deep blue saya. The forged 65Mn steel blade features true clay-tempering that produces a distinctive hamon (temper line). The traditional polish brings out the real hamon and a mirror shinogi-ji (flat section). The HRC 60 edge and HRC 40 back are ideal for cutting if you wish to try this pony in the field. The blackened tsuba features two rider-less horses chasing each other in the endless human condition of warfare. The silver menuki represent the Tokugawa and Oda clans whereas the fuchi and kashira feature the Takeda and Mori clan symbols. Truly a tragically beautiful katana built for war.
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:
I did a full review on the SBG forms, so here's the short version. For the current sale price ($274.99 in Dec 2017) this thing is a steal. Gorgeous fittings -- better than average for the on-sale price point -- and a sharp, differentially hardened, tool steel blade. Five stars on sale; maybe four stars if you pay full price.