A Japanese idiom depicts the crane, symbolizing respect and power, as having the final word of authority in a debate. The pine tree is another symbol of power, longevity, and wisdom. Both are represented on the Pine Crane Wakizashi. Shinto beliefs state that the gods of heaven reside in the ancient pines. The nature inspired design is carried throughout this Japanese short sword in stirring shades of earth tones. The embossing on the bronzed steel guard, collar, and pommel are finely detailed, echoing life in art. The black cotton handle wrap is beautifully contrasted by the white ray skin, silver collar and crane ornaments, and the bronzed fittings. The 19.63 inch forged T10 blade boasts a gorgeously prominent hamon with a mirror finish. The 1.25 inch point pierces quickly and deeply, as the bill of a crane impales a fish. The textured brown saya contains all this majesty and power, highlighted by the first 7 inches decorated with alternating stripes of gloss and matte black. A charcoal and copper accented cord wrap and buffalo horn fittings complete the elegant sheath. Often used in wedding attire, the red-crowned crane mates for life, as you may choose to pair this Pine Crane Wakizashi with the matching Pine Crane Katana (SD35290), sold separately, to create a harmonious daisho.
T10 is the Chinese equivalent of 1095, but it has silicon added as an alloying element to improve the steels strength and wear resistance properties. T10 blades are able to be tempered to a high hardness and hold an edge well. Similar to 1095, rust resistance is low, and T10 blades must be carefully maintained.
Please keep in mind that this sword has been hand-forged, varying slightly in finish and overall measurements.
- Beautiful and functional wakizashi
- Elegant design imbued with symbolism
- Blade displays an undulating hamon line
- Tsuba depicts a crane and a pine branch
- Charcoal and copper wrapped cord on the saya
- Makes a stunning addition to any collection
- Forged T10 steel blade
- Silver crane accents
- Bronzed sword fittings
- Black cotton handle wrap
- Lacquered wood saya
- Buffalo horn saya fittings
- Overall Length: 27.75 Inches
- Blade Length: 19.63 Inches
- Handle Length: 6.88 Inches
- Sori: 0.5 Inch
- Weight: 1 lb. 12 oz.
- HRC Edge: 60
- HRC Spine: 40
Specs may vary slightly from piece to piece.