A legend of many names, Takeda Shingen commanded respect on the battlefield as well as the political arena. He competed for power with Tokugawa Ieysau, Oda Nobunaga, and Uesugi Kenshin; and was known as The Tiger of Kai, or, Shinano no Kami. Representing the best and worst of the romantic perception of the feudal lords of the time, Takeda had some of the most forward thinking political ideals as a ruler over his people.
This new katana by Paul Chen / Hanwei memorializes Takeda Shingen in steel. The blade is forged from differentially tempered 65Mn steel with an edge hardness of 60 hrc and a back of 40 Hrc. One side of the tsuba depicts Takeda wielding his favorite weapon, the war fan; the other is inlaid with the .Wind, Forest, Fire & Mountain. moto of the Takeda clan, carried over to the fuchi in gold. The tsuka is wrapped in black cotton around white same (ray skin), and the kashira has a finely detailed gold tiger. Contrasting the tsuka are gold Takeda mon menuki and silver seppa and habaki. The matching textured red saya features a black cotton sageo and buffalo horn kurikata and kojiri.
length: 40 1/2"
blade: 27 1/8"
tsuka: 12 3/8"
weight: 2 lb 7 oz
Also available is the matching Takeda Shingen kabuto with mempo