Kasai Ryu Katana T10

(2 customer reviews)

Product Description

Kasai Ryu reborn! Totally different design from our 1050 version. The blade is now made of T10 with a new hamon pattern. It consists of togari-sanbonsugi-midare (pointed, three cedars, irregular) pattern, making it look like flames. There are also several tobiyaki or “jumping hamon” on the blade.

“Kasai Ryu” (Fire Dragon) – Depictions of dragons are used throughout the Japanese culture as symbols of strength, courage and magic. To the Chinese, the fire-spitting dragon was principally associated with lightning, and by extension to thunder and rainmaking, which made it a symbol of fertility.

The Kasai Ryu Katana T10 is a perfect partner for our Kasai Ryu Tanto.

A story of a “Fire Dragon” in Japanese folklore:

Kiyo or Kiyohime

A priest fell in love with a young woman and soon got tired of her. Abandoned, the woman studied magic at a temple and transformed into a dragon. She attacked the priest who attempted to find refuge underneath the monastery bell. Kiyo breathed fire and melted the bell, killing the priest. Kiyo symbolizes vengeful power and the consequences of giving into desire.

 

• Blade Material: T10 tool steel (mono-steel)
• Edge: Fully-sharpened
• Treatment: Hand Forged, Differentially Hardened, Heat Treated & Tempered, Water Quenched
• Blade Length: 27.5 inches
• Tsuka: 11 inches wood
• Overall length w/o saya: 40 inches
• Saya: 29.75 inches wood glossy brownish-red with black speckled lacquered finish
• Tsuba: Iron
• Fuchi / Kashira / Menuki / Habaki / Seppa: Brass
• Tsukaito / Sageo: Black
• Mekugi: 2 bamboo pegs
• Samegawa: Real black lacquered ray skin panels
• Nakago: Full tang
• Hamon: Real togari-sanbonsugi-midare (pointed, three cedars, irregular) pattern

• Specs may vary slightly from sword to sword
• Can be disassembled
• Includes cloth bag and carton box

2 reviews for Kasai Ryu Katana T10

  1. Patrick Santos (verified owner)

    I was only planning to buy a 1045 sword but ended up being infatuated with the Kasai Ryu Katana. I had never felt so attached to a sword. upon seeing it. I decided (and bargained with my wife :)) to buy it.

    t took some time to receive this beauty (because of the ECQ) and it did exceed my expectations.

    But what made this purchase memorable was how Aldwin attended to my queries and request. Geisha’s Blade is truly exceptional when it comes to how they service their customers during and post purchase. I look forward to future transactions.

  2. Tj Adriano (verified owner)

    My travels to Japan gave me a fascination with its culture, cuisine, and of course the samurai and their weapon. But a true Nihonto is particularly prohibitive to acquire, so an alternative was introduced by a very close friend who has a Musashi Katana in his office. What I intend for a Katana are an open work hand guard, a groove, brass fittings, and a strong steel better than 1050 or 1060. From the limited choices I have, it seems lucky that Kasai Ryu, a dragon themed sword to boot, is on offer. On ordering, the person on the line was very helpful, answered all my queries especially on the issue of COD. Ordered on Monday, it quickly arrived 2 days later. Placed in a long box with cling wrap, the sword is craddled in styrofoam holders wrapped in a black nylon cloth bag. Opening the bag revealed the sword, 41″ in length sheathed. I went for the Tsuba immediately and it looks it was crafted well with the dragon nicely carved both in and out even if casted. The Fuchi and Kashira were both well done also, the the dragon motiff nicely embosed and aged. The kashira gane brass fitting on the Kashira however looks like chipped on left side but not particularly noticeable. The Samegawa is elegantly dyed black with the knobs shining like small onyx stones in sunlight. The Tsuka-ito is tight and evenly wrapped with uniform diamond patterns except over the Menuki on both sides. The Menuki with dragon motiff also is nicely done with very defined carving although cast. I was let down however by the Mekugi Ana, as the holes through the Samegawa was not cleanly made as it looks like bursting from within, exposing its original white color in bits. The Mekugi is diagonally inserted tightly viewed from the top. The Seppa and Habaki are machine made but well fitted. The blade is nice and true, but not paper cutting sharp. With the Hamon – togari-sanbonsugi-midare, looking like blazing flames, it complements the dragon theme exceptionally. The Hi is evenly grooved with the blade through its length. The Saya is smoothly lacquered, reddish brown with black specks and without cracks in the opening. However, the Shitodome is a bit let down as both are slightly loose. The Sageo also leaves something to be desired. Made of nylon, it has some loose threads in the braid. The Koiguchi and the Kojiri are both flush and very well incorporated in the even lacquering. The Saya fits the sword well without any rattle when shaken.

    All in all, though with slight imperfections, the Kasai Ryu is a fine example of a katana. It shines out in the excellent complementation between the Ryu and the togari-sanbonsugi-midare for which it should be nicknamed “Dragon’s Breath”.

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