The Kouga made by Hanwei features a dismountable double-pegged Tsuka with a tightly bound battle wrap over black rayskin and Kouga Mon Menuki. The blackened iron Tsuba features the Kouga Mon and pierced Kanji, a theme repeated on the Fuchi/Kashira. The Kanji and Mon are also employed on the blackened fittings of the spiked Saya. The Kouga features a forged 1566 high carbon blade, differentially quenched to an edge hardness of 60HRc.
Overall: 33 1/2"
Blade Length: 22"
Handle Length: 11"
Weight: 2lb 3oz
Specs will vary slightly
from piece to piece.
A high-carbon and manganese spring steel used by Hanwei in many of their differentially hardened Japanese swords and through-hardened medieval swords. This deep hardening steel provides a consistent microstructure ensuring a long life and excellent edge holding in demanding applications.
1566 Steel Composition: 0.6-0.7C 0.85-1.15Mn