The Crane katana by Bugei is an elegant sword at a very reasonable price. The Crane tapers more towards the tip than our heavier *feeling* Samurai model. The Crane style is forged out of Swedish powdered steel with a dramatic hada, grain pattern, resulting from the forging/folding process. The tsuba, guard, is a pierced crane style and quite beautiful. The Crane symbolizes wisdom and longevity. The menuki are a younger and an older scholar/sage. The meaning is this, a man of wisdom and integrity would be long in the service of his lord, usually surviving one lord to serve the next generation, thus the analogy with the Crane, wisdom and longevity. This sword will serve well those who want a faster blade for iaido and yet still want a blade that has the strength for serious cutting.
The nakago on the Crane Katana is ten inches in length with two mekugi securing the tsuka, handle, to the nakago, tang. The tsuka is wrapped in black silk ito. Like all of our swords many different blade and tsuka lengths are available providing a great deal of choice to fit each individuals' needs. As with all of Bugei's swords, each Crane katana is inspected and prepped by Keith Larman to insure the quality of the sword that you receive from us. Tsuka lengths of 11", 13", 14" and 15" are available with the Crane katana. Length of blade runs 27.5, 28.5, and 29.5, this allows our customers choices are unique in blades of this price and quality.
The beautiful hada (grain in the steel) is very apparent in our swords. This is the result of the extensive forging and folding process that is done by hand for each individual sword. The Crane tsuba is extraordinary in it's beauty and detail. It is a light tsuba and adds to the overall lightness of the blade.
Motohaba: 1 3/16 inch
Kissaki: 1 1/4"
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Most sword vendors sell the same generic swords as every other vendor. Bugei Trading, however, felt that swords should be designed by experienced swordsmen and sword craftsmen to ensure they would meet higher standards of functionality as well as historical accuracy. To this end Bugei provides unprecedented selection in terms of tsuka (handle) length and nagasa (sword length) for our customers, something you just don't find anywhere else. We recognize that our customers are serious about their swords and may need a very specific configuration in their sword. Sometimes a generic sword just isn't good enough. Since we offer such a variety of configuration options for each sword in our exclusive line it is possible we will be sold out of some configurations.
If we do not have a specific sword you ordered in stock and available for immediate delivery we will contact you by phone or e-mail to discuss your options. Many customers find that while we may be out of stock of one particular item, we may have another configuration that could meet their needs. So if you are somewhat flexible, be sure to ask about what we might have in stock or on special.
Of course if you have your heart set on a specific sword with a specific configuration we will make sure the factory knows to make an additional sword ASAP to fill your order. We order new stock on a regular basis throughout the year. If we do not have the sword you need in stock we will take a $500 deposit to reserve a sword in an upcoming order specifically for you. The balance will not be billed until your sword is here, inspected and ready to ship to you.
1070 Commerce St. Suite I
San Marcos, CA
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