Clay tempering is perhaps one of the most skilled artforms in sword making. The process starts as if an artist is composing a painting. The swordsmith paints a clay mixture onto the rough, shaped blade — carefully applying different thicknesses of clay to both the spine and cutting edge. Next, the swordsmith adds personal markings onto the blade with a thin metal tool. The marks can only be seen when a sword polisher reveals them. They are the soul of the sword, and form a unique natural temper line known as hamon.
Through rapid heating and quenching, the spine and cutting edge cool at different rates because of the clay coating, resulting in a cutting edge that is extremely hard and a spine that is durable and flexible. These blades of tempered steel are tough enough to withstand the stress of battle, providing improved shock absorption.
Passed down through the generations by ancient swordsmiths, a clay tempered sword is a testament to precision, art, and ingenuity. Browse the wide range of clay tempered swords at Swords of Northshire today.
Our Unique Selection of Clay Tempered Wakizashi and Katana
At Swords of Northshire, we strive to bring you top quality blades that have been created by master craftsmen. These swordsmiths have spent years learning their art to bring you the best battle ready pieces including:
Our samurai and ninja swords are made with the utmost attention to detail and result in beautiful, battle ready pieces that are ideal for practice in the dojo, cutting practice, and display in your home.
Shop with the Best
Shop at Swords of Northshire and receive a clay tempered sword that’s made to order the moment you buy it. Once you place your order, we pass it on to one of our skilled swordsmiths who spend two to three weeks custom-making your piece. Complete your sword by specifying what level of hand sharpening and what style of engraving you prefer. Choose a strong and durable samurai sword or a stealthy and flexible ninja sword from our collection. Buy a clay tempered wakizashi or katana today.