The samurai sword is classified as a katana sword because it has a single edge on it as opposed to multiple edges. That said, the single edge of a samurai sword was built as a slashing type weapon but also as a piercing type weapon. Many people these days are interested in building samurai swords as a way of expressing themselves. This is a form of art that is considered to be very honorable. It should be noted, however, that making a samurai sword is not that simple. There are a lot of detailed steps that go into crafting these beautiful weapons. Believe it or not, the blade of a good samurai sword is made up of two different types of steel. They are pounded together and folded over top of each other until they are one.
If you are building a samurai sword and have already pounded the pieces of steel together the next thing that needs done is the smelting process. In short, smelting means the blade of the samurai sword is constantly heated and shaped until begins to take shape. The process of smelting will usually last up to three days. Additionally, in order to form the blade properly during the smelting process temperatures need to reach 2,500-degrees Fahrenheit.
After the blade has been made long and thin during the smelting process it will then be coated. This will help the blade become strong and will make it easier to shape. The coat that is applied to the sword is a mixture of clay and charcoal that is heated up at around 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the coat is applied the samurai sword can then be formed to the exact shape you want it to be. By cooling the blade off after the coating process in a bucket of water you will have the ability to bend and manipulate the sword. It is at this point where you can make the sword look exactly how you want it to look.
Finally, you are ready to sharpen the sword. This is one of the most important steps because you need your weapon to be sharp and effective. It is thought that samurai warriors would take as long as two or three weeks to sharpen their swords. The process takes so long because the sword needs sharpened by hand. The use of stones is often used to help achieve the desired results.
After the blade is sharpened all that is left to do is make and place the handle. In short, the handle is made out of two pieces of wood that are wrapped in leather and placed around the sword. Once the handle is in place it will be secured to the blade properly with cotton cord.
It is obvious that crafting a samurai sword is tough work that can take a long time to complete. The end product is a nice piece that you can be proud of for many years to come. In fact, some people are so proud of their samurai swords that they display them in prominent positions around their home.