Cheness Cutlery - Kurome Katana - Hand Forged 9260 Carbon Spring Steel Shobu-Zukuri Katana Sword. Ever been in the market for a samurai sword? These are less than $300! They are real swords but aren't made in the traditional manner of folding the steel 20x but what do you want for $300. They're also made in China by underpaid workers. http://bugei.com/ makes folded swords. Sure are pretty!
The sword's blade has often been described as cold. It is drawn, and the vapor of the atmosphere collects on its surface. The curve of its back unites exquisite grace.
Utagawa Hiroshige: Takanawa (Woman on bench); Horikiri no sato, hana shobu (Iris); Nakazu (Mt. Fuji above marsh grass in fan shape), from the series Cutout Pictures of Famous Places in Edo (Edo meisho harimaze zue) - Museum of Fine Arts