Katana Hamon

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This week’s desktop wallpaper is something … a little different. Last week, Mrs H said that she’d like to see me try my hand at photographing a katana, and as I like making the wife happy, I thought why not. The photos that came out were quite interesting, I hope you’ll agree.

The katana is the sword of the Japanese samurai, perfected in a culture of constant warfare. An amazing blend of both science and art, what gives the sword both its beauty and its deadliness is differential tempering, a quenching process that creates a brittle but razor-sharp cutting edge, and the softer, more durable back of the blade. The dividing line between the two is the hamon, the wavy line that runs along the length of a genuine blade.

This blade has a fairly gentle undulating pattern known as notare-midare (irregular wave).

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