Japanese katanas are renowned around the world for their steel. Acquired through a long, arduous process of constant refinement, this precious metal (known as True Tamahagane) is the very pinnacle of high-end metallurgy. A single ingot of this incredibly valuable steel is worth its weight in gold, costing thousands of dollars and is a nationally protected resource in Japan.
A chunk of raw Tamahagane
At the same time, no one can doubt the aesthetic beauty of pattern-welded steel often seen in the likes of Damascus or Wootz steel. The act of folding steel of differing hardness during the forging process creates unique swirls of contrasting colors, mesmerizing those who look upon it.
Working closely with our master artisan, we are proud to announce a line of accessories forged from a traditional high carbon metal that is influenced by the original Japanese “Tatara” production techniques, combined with the layering processes used to birth the aesthetic beauty of Damascus metals to create a metal as close to True Tamahagane as possible. As some of the most intricate markings are usually found on the hada of a katana, we have requested the smith to capture this effect in our accessories by carefully specifying the number of folds in the forging process, along with an acid etching to bring the pattern to the fore. Too few folds would result in a highly impure product; too many would cause the pattern to simply disappear.
The folding process
Please note that the patterns on each piece will vary according to the folds of the metal as well as the location on the ingot that the piece is cut from. As such, each accessory we produce is entirely unique in its existence!