A modern bladesmith rooted in the old traditions

Shobuzukuri Tamahagane Katana

This is a commission in which the client allowed me complete freedom in the creative process with the only request that the steel would be tamahagane. So after using a tatara smelter and making enough steel for a sword, I folded the steel to obtain over 1600 layers. Forged a shobu-zukuri blade with a wild hitatsura hamon and made a habaki for it.