Katana with wooden Shirasaya, Marto
134.99 €(1 piece(s) = 134.99 €)
- Scabbard and Grip made of wood
- Overall length approx. 98 cm
- Weight approx. 1.4 kg
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Shirasaya was a specific sword mounting designed to ensure a betterpreservation of the blade at night or in case of prolonged disuse. Theadvantage of untreated wood laid in its low acidity and the absence of furthersubstances likely to damage the blade. It was not post-treated, absorbed thehumidity of the sword and channelled it away. The Katana kept dry andrust-free.
Shirasaya often bore a signature ('Sayagaki') withspecifics on the origin of the blade, such as place and time of forging as wellas name of swordsmith and assessor.
As the carrying of edged weapons was prohibited by theEmperor by the end of the 19th century, the ornaments and fittings all aroundthe hilt and tsuba were trimmed back, which led to the birth of the Shirasayadesign as we know it today. The resemblance of this Katana with a wooden swordor stick would enable its holder to remain unnoticed and to keep carrying italong with him.