Bamboo Katana - 5160 Steel Blade

Bamboo Katana - 5160 Steel Blade

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At Bugei we reach into history to design blades to be used by the student of traditional Japanese Sword Arts. The Bamboo Katana was Bugei's first production sword. All these years later the updated Bamboo Katana with its elegant black fittings and gold bamboo highlights continues to be one of our most popular swords.

Bugei Bamboo Tsuba

Bamboo is a popular theme for Japanese sword mounts as it represents both strength and flexibility, qualities highly prized by the Samurai.

The tsuba (sword guard) is made from a plate of soft copper that is given a hard gloss black coating and then gold highlights are applied to the intricate bamboo. The tsuka (handle) is wrapped in premium black Japanese cotton ito to complement the gloss black saya and glossy black fittings.

There is no hamon and no hada (folding pattern) in the tough 5160 steel but these swords can cut and take abuse at the same time. So each sword can sit proudly on a sword stand but also be a daily working sword in the dojo.

As always, our swords not only look like high quality swords, they also have quality of design, fit and finish that is not readily visible, like our 10" nakago with two mekugi to insure that the blade stays secure in the tsuka.

Both the tsuka and the saya are hand made for each individual sword. This attention to detail means that you, our customer, get the best that we can provide.

We also offer a tanto with fully matching furniture should you want to form a matching set (daisho). And as is true of all of our swords, each sword is carefully hand inspected for defects in workmanship and functionality before being offered up for sale.

Hrc Edge: 59
Hrc Back: 45-48


Item ID Blade Steel Weight without Saya (Sheath) Overall Length Nagasa (Blade) Length Tsuka (Handle) Length Kasane (Thickness at Habaki) Sakikasane (Thickness at Tip) Motohaba (Width of Blade at Habaki) Sakihaba (Edge to back at Yakote) Sori
SW14010 5160 2lb 9oz 43 1/4" 27 1/2" 14" 7.6mm 6.4mm 1 1/4" 7/8" 7/8"