Cheness Shobu Zukuri - Ayami 9260 Spring Steel Katana - Ayame-9260
Cheness Shobu Zukuri - Ayami 9260 Spring Steel Katana
Constructed of the 9260TH spring steel, this Shobu-Zukuri katana is our preferred varient. The shinogi (ridgeline) of this sword runs the entire length of the blade... all the way to the very tip. This configuration results in a needle-like tip where the mune-shinogi-ha comes together to a singular point, facilitating penetration of soft targets.
The tsuka is wrapped with a black same panel wrap, and a brown cotton ito wrap. The tsuba is a rounded cast iron tsuba and is much more refined than our previous tsubas.
Shobu Zukuri refers to the shape of the blade. The word "Shobu" means Iris, and "Zukuri" mean made or constructed. This type of sword is so named because of the resemblence with the leaf of an iris plant.
The name of this sword "Ayame" literally translates to "Iris" for this reason.