Kimura Shigenari was a Japanese samurai in the 17th century. At the age of 21, he commanded an army for his first campaign at the Winter Siege of Osaka. Because of his bravery, Hideyori acclaimed him as the “peerless hero of the nation”, and presented him with a sword made by the famous swordsmith Masamune. Kimura returned the sword because of his devotion to the Toyotomi clan.
One year later, Kimura led the army against Tadataka’s troop at the Summer Siege of Osaka. Kimura himself fought on the front lines and was caught during the battle. He was then beheaded and it is rumored that his hair was neatly trimmed and that he had road with incense in his helmet to show that he was prepared to die.
This tanto style Damascus steel fighting knife is named as Kimura as a form of respect. While this is not a traditional style of the Japanese tanto, we like to think that the combination of tanto tip, saw edge and large finger-grooved handle, would make a good choice for close quarter combat and fitting of the samurai.
Made of 1095 and 15n20 steels, the high carbon content of 1095 gives this knife an extremely sharp and durable edge and makes it the ideal choice for rough use.
You may also like this same knife with a Black Horn Handle.
Kimura Handmade Damascus Steel Warrior’s Tanto Knife Specifications:
- Overall Length: 10.5"
- Handle Length: 4.5"
- Blade Length: 6"
- Blade Material: Damascus Steel 1095/15n20
- Blade thickness: 5mm
- Damascus pattern: Twist
- Number of layers: 256
- Grind: Secondary bevel
- Handle Material: Tali Wood
- Includes full grain leather sheath with belt loop and a wood presentation box
- Lifetime Warranty
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.