In 1221, the Japanese Emperor Go-Toba tried to overthrow the Hōjō clan, regents of the Kamakura shogunate. One important officer revealed his loyalty to the shogunate, and was killed. Shortly after the Imperial Court declared Hōjō Yoshitoki, who was the representative of the shogunate, to be an outlaw.
Hōjō Yoshitoki decided to launch an offensive against the Emperor’s forces in Kyoto. Yoshitoki’s forces faced meager opposition. Yoshitoki's cavalry pushed through, scattering the Imperial forces, and pressed on to the capital. The capital was taken by the Shogun's forces, and Go-Toba's tyranny was put to an end. Go-Toba was banished to the Oki Islands, from where he never returned.
This battle is often referred to as the Jōkyū Rebellion and is a fitting name for this tanto style damascus dagger. While shorter than a traditional tanto dagger used by the samurai, this modern twist makes it more practical for everyday use in our day and age. Handcrafted of 256 layers of damascus steel, this dagger has a story all its own. Even the walnut handle and stylized pins represent the craftsmanship of a bygone era.
Jokyu Damascus Dagger Specifications:
- Overall Length: 9"
- Handle Length: 4.5"
- Blade Length: 4.5"
- Blade Material: Damascus Steel 1095/15n20
- Blade thickness: 4mm
- Damascus pattern: Twist
- Number of layers: 256
- Grind: Secondary bevel
- Handle Material: Black Micarta
- Includes a hand stitched full grain leather sheath with belt loop
Please note: Each knife is handmade from natural materials, there will be some variation in color, Damascus pattern and overall look. The knife you receive will have the same attention to quality and detail as the one pictured but may differ slightly in appearance.
1095 steel is a high-carbon steel and will rust if not dried and oiled after use. Hand wash only with soap and hot water. Dry completely before oiling.
About Forseti Steel:
The secret to forging authentic Damascus steel knives has long been lost, but Forseti Steel stays as true to the tradition as they can by commissioning smiths with Damascus ancestry to hand-make all of their blades. The artists behind the enamoring water-like patterns of folded and pounded steel have all learned their skills and techniques from the generations that worked the metals before them.
In addition to paying tribute to the Damascus practice in technique and appearance, Forseti Steel shows its respect for history's heroes, legends, and characters with their knives' names. The 9", walnut-handled Sentinel, for example, honors the Sentinels who stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington.