Kumokiri Katana

(2 customer reviews)

Product Description

“Kumokiri Katana 1060 Series”

The Kumokiri Katana was inspired by the legend of Minamoto no Yorimitsu and the yokai Tsuchigumo.

In the Heike Monogatari, when Yorimitsu suffered from malaria, and lay on a bed, a strange monk who was 7 shaku (about 2.1 meters) tall appeared, released some rope, and tried to capture him. Yorimitsu, despite his sickness, cut him with his famous sword, the Hizamaru, causing the monk to flee. The next day, Yorimitsu led his Four Guardian Kings to chase after the blood trail of the monk, and arrived at a mound behind Kitano jinja where there was a large spider that was 4 shaku wide (about 1.2 meters). Yorimitsu and the others caught it, pierced it with an iron skewer, and exposed it to a riverbed. Yorimitsu’s illness left him immediately, and the sword that cut the spider was from then on called the Kumo-kiri (spider-cutter). The true identity of this tsuchigumo was said to be an onryō of the aforementioned local clan defeated by Emperor Jimmu. This tale is also known from the very fifth noh, “Tsuchigumo.”

The tsuba made of blackened iron was based on an Edo period tsuba which features a spider on its web. We chose this design to represent the Tsuchigumo, and the whole sword itself as Yorimitsu’s Kumo-kiri. The sword cutting the yokai may be a legend, but this sword with a blade made of through-hardened 1060 carbon steel can definitely cut bamboo, a traditional target in tameshigiri. This cutting target is represented by the brass menuki, having bamboo leaves design. The simple fuchi-kashira are also made of blackened iron to complement the tsuba. The habaki features a “neko-gaki” or cat scratch pattern (also called falling rain) which is usually seen on nihonto with high quality koshirae (sword fittings).

The Kumokiri Katana has a matching wakizashi making them a daisho.

• Blade Material: 1060 carbon steel (mono-steel)
• Edge: Fully Sharpened
• Treatment: Hand Forged, Through Hardened, Heat Treated & Tempered, Water Quenched
• Blade Length: 28 inches
• Tsuka: 11.5 inches wood
• Saya: 30 inches matte black finish
• Tsuba / Fuchi / Kashira: Iron
• Habaki / Seppa / Menuki: Brass
• Tsukaito: Gray-green silk
• Sageo: Black shigeuchi silk
• Mekugi: 2 bamboo pegs
• Samegawa: Real ray skin panels
• Nakago: Full tang
• Hamon: None

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

2 reviews for Kumokiri Katana

  1. Rey Punzalan

    It’s been a while since I bought it from sir Aldwin. But today I tried some backyard cutting of a freshly cut bamboo. With no holding stand just stuck it on the ground and without soaking it up at water overnight. And no formal training at cutting with a Katana I go ahead with it with my kumokiri Daisho Katana.

    with total of five 7 ft bamboo pcs. Some are very good cut. Slices like a butter. And some very very bad cut. My Daisho survive it all. With no warp, rounded blade etc. In fact my Daisho is in very very good condition.

    Very Very happy with my Daisho’s performance.

    Thanks Geisha’s Blade!

  2. Rico (verified owner)

    The best looking 1060 katana . I love this katana

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