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November 19, 2002
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Katana by hoju3942 Katana by hoju3942
Okey, this is my Japanese katana (that's a style sword, for those of you knot in the know) that I got recently. All I did was put the blade next to the camera and lower the colors so you could only see the blade. Hope you like!
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1RoadRage1 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that katana is fake fyi
ilnuvola Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
J'adore l'idée de la photo, très original
Kusaharashi Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
The Hamon on that Katana looks wonderfull!
FlameJame Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
That looks amazing! love the Hamon (temper line incase u didnt kno :P)
Delphinrd Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
NICE! But I rather want the bigger image of this :( I realy want it on my desctop :)
Lindethiel Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah that's what I first thought, that's the Hamon pattern, the clay slurry that's applied changed the rate at which the blade cools during its forgery, the speed at which the metal changes changes the qualities of the steel, and the strength, and, also, the colour.

Nice shot too, definitely something a little different than those usual Katana shots, although a little pixelated because of the editing.
ronin06 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009
Except on this one its a artificial hamon, usually just created by acid etching etc. A real hamon created by the forging process of combining steels of differing hardness and then tempering them in clays of differing thicknesses etc. is not going to creat the hamons 'wavy pattern' so identically and consistently.

Still fun to swing around outdoors... just don't hit anything harder than fruit. Nothing worse than having a piece of point steel crack and fly back at you.

One of the first 'katana' (just wallhangers made in Taiwan/China) had a fake hamon that was just perfect little triangles, not curves in the pattern at all, looked scary as it gave it a 'saw tooth' appearance.
Ladyhawke007 Featured By Owner May 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
good shot :)
EPJimenez Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I know this may be a late comment, but you should point out to Rags428 that the blade isn't serrated, but what he sees is the Hamon pattern, and that the cutting side is up. anyway, nice picture but a bit pixelated.
Rags428 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2007
...first off. no 'katana' is serrated. what you have there is what we'd call a show blade. a sword-esque piece of sharp metal. besides, a traditional katana is curved to allow for more strength in the blade (as part of the cooling process). yours however, seems to be very straight from this angle.
(mine, would break yours in half)

in all fairness, it has an interesting and beautifully brutal appearance. and dont take my comment as hostile. i just like being able to apply what i know when i see an opportunity.
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