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Japanese Shinken Sword
(Real authentic sharpened Japanese sword)


We are able to provide new "Shinken sword" that mean a real authentic sharpened Japanese sword.
It takes roughly eight or nine months to make one Shinken sword.
In Japan price ranges for Shinken is from 900,000JPY (roughly 7,500 US Dollars) to 5000,000JPY
(at the current rate that is roughly 45,000 US Dollars).
But the price ranges for Shinken made by our swords-smith in Seki From 1700,000JPY (roughly 17,000 US Dollars)
to 2,200,000JPY (that is roughly 22,000 US Dollars).
Because they are made by highest level swords-smiths in Japan. Our swords-smith won various prize in Japan
For example, it was "Mukansa prize" .

Mainly our swords-smith was "Noshu Bugei hachiman Kanekuni (Kanekuni Ogawa)"

But we are sorry that he passed away in 2013 (he was 88 years old)
Then,now We request the son of Kanekuni Ogawa, because he is genius swords-smith too.

He won "Mukansa prize" same as his father"Kanekuni Ogawa" too!
He is active in the front lines in the Tokyo.
So, if our customer requestto make cuctom-made Shinken for us,
We suggest that he order one of our swords-smith "Son of Kanekuni Ogawa[Mitsutoshi Ogawa]
Please refer those web page about Swords-smiths"Kanekuni Ogawa and his son[Mitsutoshi Ogawa]

You are able to show the detail information of Kanekuni Ogawa and his son[Mitsutoshi Ogawa] is as follows lin
Pictures of Shinken swords made by "Noshu Bugei hachiman Kanekuni[Kanekuni Ogawa]"
Public detail information of "Kanekuni Ogawa and his son[Mitsutoshi Ogawa]
If you would like to order custom-made Shinken for you or your significant other,
Please contact our e-mail like as follows
7seasnet@gmail.com
In addition, the payment is advance payment(payment method is bank transfer )
If you are able to accept every condition for purchase Japanese swords,
Please inform us the specification of the Japanese Shinken sword you would like to make
We will ask our Swords-smiths "Mitsutoshi Ogawa" to estimate the cost and contact you.
Of course then we will negotiate with him about the price discount.

[To who go to Japan and buy Shnken sword and bring it out to own contry]
It is impossible for you to buy it and bring it out from Japan soon.
Because, to export or to bring it out from Japan,
You must apply permit of export Shinken sword to Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs.
It takes roughly one month to get the permit from Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs
Reason of need the permit is every Shinken sword is Important Cultural Properties for Japan.

[Addittional Information]
From April 5th 2013,
We started to provide existing swords that had been owned by someone in sometime from the ancient time as of today.
Please check these Shinken swords too!!
by those URL as follows,
http://www.jidai.jp/shinken-mei.asp



We have the most popular question asked about guarantee on our Japanese Shinken sword, When our customer order his custom-made Japanese Shinken sword. But, Japanese Shinken sword is a work of art and Japanese cultural property.
It is not industrial product. then, every Japanese Shinken sword have never a written guarantee.
For example, does oil paints painted by painter have have a written guarantee ?
It is same thing.
We are able to guarantee on who is swords-smith that he is skillful(for example, he won Mukansa prize).
Because every swords-smith engraves his name on the Nakago of the blade, when he is forging and making the blade.
Then, no dealer of Japanese Shinken swords guarantee on their Japanese Shinken sword.
We appreciate your understanding.


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.

If you would like to make custom-made Shinken made by our swords-smith "Son of Kanekuni Ogawa[Mitsutoshi Ogawa] " for you,
Please inform us(7seasnet@gmail.com) the specification of the Japanese sword you would like to make as follows 11items,
The price of Custom-made Shinken Sword made by swords-smith "Mitsutoshi Ogawa" is roughly at least US$ 16,000.00

1.blade length
2.Tsuka(handle) length
3.Bohi:need or not
4.Hamon design( suguha or Suguha or Notare or the others):Please refer to those pictures



5.Saya design:Please refer to those pictures


6.Tsuba design:Please refer to those pictures

7.Material of Tsuka-maki:(cotton or silk) 8.Color of Tsuka-maki
9.design of the Saya
10.any Mei(engraving some character ,but Japanese Kanji only)
11. Any other your desire.

When you will inform me the specification, We will ask our Swords-smiths "Mitsutoshi Ogawa" to estimate the cost and contact you.
In addition, Please note that the payment is advance payment(payment method is bank transfer )



How to make Shinken by Swords-smith
Material Iron
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

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