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Tamahagane is a traditional Japanese material that is used to make samurai swords and knives. It is unique to Japan and was traditionally created in a process that took months on end. The result was a beautiful hand-forged steel that could be used to create blades with a starkly contrasting hamon and distinctive folded steel pattern for katanas and knives. Explore our tamahagane katanas today to find high quality, hand-forged products.

The Process

In feudal Japan, swordsmiths would smelt iron sand and charcoal in a tatara furnace until the iron and carbon elements fused together, making tamahagane steel. There are only a few places where traditional tatara are still used to create this fused steel — one of the most important of which is located in the Shimane prefecture of Japan. This tatara is lit only in the deep winter when the air is very dry. For this three week period, it is possible to create a maximum of three batches of the steel, as a complete creation cycle requires seven days from start to finish.

The process for creating tamahagane katanas is heavily regulated and supervised to ensure the quality and allocation of the ore.

Our Quality Guarantee

At Swords of Northshire, each of our products is handcrafted with the utmost care and attention to detail. The traditional Japanese steel and methods our swordsmiths use ensure that the product you receive is a fully functional, high quality work of art.

We have a variety of tamahagane steel katanas that can be sharpened to your desired edge. All of our swords can cut through thick bamboo, small trees, and more. Whether you want to use your sword in combat or as the centerpiece of your collection, a tamahagane steel sword will not disappoint. Browse our collection to find a blade and fittings that speak to you.

Looking for something a little more unique? Create your own personalized custom Tamahagane sword through Swords of Northshire today.

Your custom-made katana begins its life in the famed swordsmithing town of Longquan located in the remote, green mountains of Qinxi. The art of blade making has continued, unabated, for over 2,600 years near the cold, shining waters of the Ou River. Your sword's exact crafting methods are entirely u..
$189.99
The blade is made of iron sand and charcoal (carbon) called tamahagane, or jewel steel, strictly following the traditional Japanese method. These two materials are smelted in a tatara furnace. The iron and carbon elements fuse together into the steel ore known as tamahagane. After this process, the ..
$3,689.99
The blade is made of iron sand and charcoal (carbon) called tamahagane, or jewel steel, strictly following the traditional Japanese method. These two materials are smelted in a tatara furnace. The iron and carbon elements fuse together into the steel ore known as tamahagane. After this process, the ..
$3,689.99
The blade is made of iron sand and charcoal (carbon) called tamahagane, or jewel steel, strictly following the traditional Japanese method. These two materials are smelted in a tatara furnace. The iron and carbon elements fuse together into the steel ore known as tamahagane. After this process, the ..
$3,689.99
The blade is made of iron sand and charcoal (carbon) called tamahagane, or jewel steel, strictly following the traditional Japanese method. These two materials are smelted in a tatara furnace. The iron and carbon elements fuse together into the steel ore known as tamahagane. After this process, the ..
$3,689.99
The blade is made of iron sand and charcoal (carbon) called tamahagane, or jewel steel, strictly following the traditional Japanese method. These two materials are smelted in a tatara furnace. The iron and carbon elements fuse together into the steel ore known as tamahagane. After this process, the ..
$3,689.99
The blade is made of iron sand and charcoal (carbon) called tamahagane, or jewel steel, strictly following the traditional Japanese method. These two materials are smelted in a tatara furnace. The iron and carbon elements fuse together into the steel ore known as tamahagane. After this process, the ..
$3,689.99
The blade is made of iron sand and charcoal (carbon) called tamahagane, or jewel steel, strictly following the traditional Japanese method. These two materials are smelted in a tatara furnace. The iron and carbon elements fuse together into the steel ore known as tamahagane. After this process, the ..
$3,689.99
The blade is made of iron sand and charcoal (carbon) called tamahagane, or jewel steel, strictly following the traditional Japanese method. These two materials are smelted in a tatara furnace. The iron and carbon elements fuse together into the steel ore known as tamahagane. After this process, the ..
$3,689.99
The blade is made of iron sand and charcoal (carbon) called tamahagane, or jewel steel, strictly following the traditional Japanese method. These two materials are smelted in a tatara furnace. The iron and carbon elements fuse together into the steel ore known as tamahagane. After this process, the ..
$3,689.99
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