Japanese Shinken Sword
We can provide new Shinken swords. It takes over six months to make one Shinken sword. In Japan price ranges for a Shinken is from 500,000JPY (Roughly 6,500 US Dollars) to 2,000,000JPY (Roughly 25,000 US Dollars). But price ranges for Shinken made by our swords-smith in Seki From 900,000JPY (Roughly 12,000 US Dollars) to 2,000,000JPY (Roughly 25,000 US Dollars). Because they are highest level swords-smiths in Japan. Many of them have gotten various prize.
Mainly our swords-smith is "Seksumi Masanao" and "Noshu Bugei hachiman Kanekuni (Kanekuni Ogawa)"12
The quality of Shinken
Shinken is a unique item strictly depending on ability of the sword smith. It is "full-custom-hand-made" sword and expensive. Then customer can not request the specification correctly like industrial products. It is like "art" of swords-smiths. Then the quality and design must depends on the skill of swords-smiths. Customer must entrust it to swords-smiths. Moreover the customer must pay the cost in advance. Many Japanese customers can order it, after then understand and accept it. Then if the quality and specification is a few diferent from the request of customer, no one have complaint. If the customer can not understand and accept it, We don't received the order from the customer.
Term of making Shinken
It takes about 6 - 12 months to make it.
How to order of Custom Shinken
You can request the specification of Shinken like as follows,
1. You select Koshirae design in our iaitos desgin as follows or request original design.
* Blade length (usually 2.25-2.45 shaku)
* Sori length of blade (Usually 1.5-2.5cm)
* Hamon style (straight or wave)
* Bohi and the length (usually no Bohi )
* Number of mekugi (1 or 2)
* Engraving character (Japanese character only)
* Saya design (please select as follows URL)
* Tsuka maki material and color (Cotton, Silk or leather)
* Habaki (Gold, Silver, copper)
* Seppa (Gold, Silver, copper)
* Sharping and Polishing level (Standard, High level sharpness, Special High level sharpness)
* Tsuba and kanagu (Fuchi, kashira, and menuki) Design;You Select from those pictures or custom request.
1. Please send us your request by clicking icon "Custom Order Form".
2. After we receive your any requests, we estimate the total cost. Then we will inform the cost and the delivery information to you to confirm the order.
3. If you will accept the cost and delivery, please send us the confirmation email.
4. You need to pay the cost of your order in advance by credit card or transfering to our bank account.
5. When we can receive your payment, we order our swords-smiths to start making shinken.
How to make Shinken by Swords-smith
Japanese swords are made primarily of two different irons, known as "Tamahagane" and "Hochotetsu". Tamahagane is the strongest iron but it is also very rare, Hochotetsu which is more readily available, is generally used for items where durability isn't as crucial, like a kitchen knife. These ores are both extracted from iron sand which is found mainly high in the mountains. With special equipment called a "Tatara" using as little heat as possible and a great deal of time the iron is finally extracted. Even after this lengthy process, only a small amount of Tamahagane, is extracted so Tamahagane can be very expensive. Tamahagane is so rare and costly that it is normally added by "Oroshigane". By creating an alloy of different metals of varying density, most commonly a mixture of Tamahagane and Hochotetsu, the cost of producing a katana is much lower without sacrificing quality.
Structure of Katana
Japanese katana is made of two different hardness irons, the outside is the hardest iron containing Tamahagane, which is called "Hitetsu", and the inside is called "Shintetsu" used less hard iron. And using two different irons, soft inside and hard outside, makes Japanese swords "hard but unbreakable".
Process for making Katana
Heat the Tamahagane and Oroshigane with very hot fire to forge it.
Strike and stretch it with a hammer and fold it into two. It requires high technique because when you fold the iron, you must not put air in between. Continue those works many times to make the iron harder and purer. When you fold the iron ten times, the layers will be 1024. Then, forge the iron for Shintetsu by the same process as the Tamahagane.
Attach the Shintetsu and the Hitetsu.
And strike it with a hammer to make the shape of Katana.
Put "Hamon" on the Katana with a spatula.
Heat the Katana with very hot fire.
Cool the Katana by putting it into cold water.
Sharpen the Katana.
This work is called "Togi", and done by the specialist of Togi.
It takes one month. At this stage, the katana becomes very sharp.
To make 100% real Japanese sword very sharp and strong, it has to go through all this process