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The Art of Japanese Style Sword Making and Displaying.

Posted by Vanda-Lynn Hughes on

The Art of Japanese Style Sword Making and Displaying.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

Displaying you Samurai Swords correctly and safely is as important as owing one! Taking Feng Shui into account will ensure that the energies of the room are not effected. 

Since days of old, the sword has been a symbol of protection.

In Feng Shui, the Chinese art of arrangement, swords are zhen zhai, which means they are believed to dispel evil.

Many theories of this form of Feng Shui have been passed down from generation to generation.

If you select a good sword and place it in the right direction in your home, office or studio, you'll have a good Feng Shui result. 

 

The forging of a Japanese sword is a subtle and careful process, an art that has developed over the centuries as much in response to stylistic and aesthetic considerations as to technical improvements.

Each blade typically took many days or weeks and was considered a sacred art, traditionally accompanied by a large panoply of Shinto religious rituals. As with many complex endeavors, rather than a single craftsman, several artists were involved. There was a smith to forge the rough shape, often a second smith (apprentice) to fold the metal, a specialist polisher, and even a specialist for the edge itself. Often, there were a sheath, hilt, and tsuba specialists as well.

 

Blades were often forged with different profiles, different blade thicknesses, and varying amounts of grind. Wakizashi and Tant were not simply a scaled-down katana; they were often forged without a ridge (hira-zukuri) or other such forms which were found on the katana.

 

 

Today, swords are still being made by modern artisans; some pursue the traditional methods while others apply modern tools, techniques, and materials to the craft. A great number of commercially available swords are being made in China with modern tools and materials employing traditional methods. Let's remember that steel-making was imported into Japan from China, via Korea. The steel used in the Chinese swords, called "chi-kang" (combined steel), was similar to pattern welding, and edges of it were often forge-welded to a back of the soft iron (Wrought Iron), or "jou thieh." In trying to copy the Chinese method, the ancient Japanese smiths paid much attention to the various properties of steel and worked to combine them to produce an internal macro-structure that would provide a similar combination of hardness and toughness.

    Blade shape and structure is according to the Japanese traditional construction methods, It is crafted with 1095 +1060 and folded steel, and is formed by thousands of hand forged, special clay is applied to the blade, and heat the blade at 750 degrees centigrade to form the real hamon steel. This process will produce a hard edge and soft back after water quenching. The curve of the katana is self formed through quenching,The blade is also broadening polished through numerous course by hand craft, with point lines, razor sharp edge and fine clear temper line.

    From InteriorDesignGenie.com Vanda Hughes (Feng Shui Practitioner Trained in Singapore) 

    PS. 

    General Rules for Sword Hanging

    • Never place a sword right at the entrance. This is dangerous because if an intruder comes in with ill intentions, they can get that sword and use it
      against you.
    • Never place a sword anywhere where it is easily accessable to others.
    • Never place a sword in dirty places like bathrooms. This is disrespectful to the sword.
    • Never place a sword in the dining area. The dining area should be very peaceful and calm. The presence of a sword here will negatively influence the family and cause stress.
    • Never place a sword by the window.
    • Never place a sword in a high traffic area.
    • The hilt of your sword should point into the home, not outside. This is better for the homeowner to access the sword, instead of an intruder.
    • Place the sword beside you or behind you, but never in front of you.
    • The handle should be placed higher than the blade.
    • For single-edged swords, the blade should face the earth.

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