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With an order above € 50, the delivery of your online order is free. The expected delivery time within delivery time of an order is 1 to 2 working days. Orders outside the Netherlands may take longer.
Pick up in Store
In addition to a delivery, you can also pick up your order in our store. Our shop is located in the heart of Amsterdam, Damstraat 16. A nice experience for every knife lover.
Specialized advice since 1982
We at The Old Man Knives & Tools emphasize our service. We take the time for our customers, help them with their choice and inform them about the advantages and disadvantages of each knife. Because of this, we have many regular customers who come to us for questions and help.
Please contact us by email or phone if you need help with your choice, we will be happy to help you.
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Katanas from top brands such as John Lee and Citadel
John Lee is well known among Japanese swordsmen and collectors for its good value for money. Each sword has its own concept and is often inspired by historical examples. John Lee has a wide range where everyone has the opportunity to buy a battle-ready samurai sword.
The blades or blades are all forged by hand and undergo various heat treatments. Virtually every sword is differentially hardened and therefore has a hamon or line of hardening. Each sword is full tang and these are secured in the handle with two mekugi (bamboo pins).
Authentic materials were used in making the swords, such as real ray skin for the handle. All swords are of high quality and have a John Lee seal and certificate of authenticity
The name John Lee has been a household name among collectors, fighting masters, sword fighting schools and Asian gun enthusiasts for years. John Lee offers high quality forging combined with excellent value for money. John Lee values individuality. Behind every sword lies a thoroughly worked out concept and design, every sword is also inspired by historical originals, but each with its own twist. John Lee's large range offers everyone the opportunity to find the sword that suits them individually.
What all swords have in common is their high quality. All blades are forged by hand. To guarantee the highest stability, all swords have a long tang that is fixed in the handle with two bamboo pins (mekugi). The swords are made of high quality authentic materials and no plastics are used. For example, the parts that ensure that the sword remains in the scabbard (habaki and seppa) are made of brass, the hilt and scabbard are made of wood, the traditional grip wrapping is always covered with real ray skin and the decorations (tsuba, fuchi, menuki, kashira) are made of metal.
Each original John Lee sword comes with a seal and certificate of authenticity. Most swords come with a fabric cover for protection and they also come in a nice collection box.
Our Historic Katanas by John Lee
We offer several types of historical style swords including rapiers, medieval and Roman swords. There are swords that are for display or cosplay only, as well as "battle-ready" swords with or without sharpened edges, for exhibition battles or cutting trials. Japanese style swords We sell a variety of Japanese style swords from respected brands such as John Lee and Citadel. These are well built, fully functional swords for martial arts and Tameshigiri purposes. We also have several Japanese style swords that are simply built for decoration and are a sight to behold
John Lee Imori
The dragon still plays a major role in Japan, especially at the New Year's Eve. Contrary to Western mysticism, the dragon in Japan is a lucky animal fable. The tsuba of this remarkable sword forms a dragon that surrounded the sword. Hand Forged Samurai Sword Series John Lee - The hand forged and tempered blade of the sword is made of carbon steel
- The blade has a groove (Bo-Hi) and is sharpened - The handle (Tsuka) is made of wood, with authentic rayskin (the same) demonstrated - The handle cover (Tsuka-Ito) is in black cotton in the traditional way mounted - Two menuki's are placed in the handle - The Tsuba is made of brass and shows a Japanese dragon - The scabbard (Saya) is finished and lacquered black Glossy - The Habaki is made of brass - Produced by Museum Designs Details: - Blade length 72 cm to Tsuba - Total length without scabbard 103 cm - Handle length 31 cm - Weight without scabbard 1000 grams - Weight with scabbard 1250 grams The sword comes with a certificate and a seal, which guarantee its authenticity. A printed cloth bag and a high-quality collector's item are also part of the sword.
John Lee Tenkei
John Lee Ten Kei Katana Hand-forged masterpieces of Asian art John Lee Ten Kei Katana Forging perfection in one of their finest! "Ten Kei", translated means something like "gift from heaven" and refers to the beauty of nature. This sword is a true work of art, both in terms of the mount and in relation to the blade. - In the ground sharp blade of the sword is hand-forged from 1095 carbon steel (not stainless) and was provided for weight reduction with a chamfer (Bo-Hi) - Traditional hardening of the blade with differentiated Lehmbestrich, creating a real, beautiful Hamon -line wash - Suitable for cutting proofs, 60° Rockwell on the border, 40° on the back of the blade - blade in Kobuse-size * up - Fine, handmade fittings (Tsuba, Fuchi, Kashira, Menuki) that were embellished with gold and silver - Handle (Tsuka) made of wood, with real fish skin (same) demonstrated - Tight control wrap made of green silk, traditional in Maki Katate? Style (war winding) attached - Blade clamp (Habaki) made of brass - Sword Angel held particularly long and fixed with 2 bamboo sticks (Mekugi) in the handle - Sheath made of wood, decorated with high-quality Sageo (winding) - With certification, which certifies the authenticity guarantees - Produced by Museum Designs - Comes in wooden collection box with stand - Blade length to Tsuba: 71 cm Total length: 100 cm Total length with scabbard: 104 cm Handle length: 29 cm Curvature (sori): 2 cm Focus: about 11 cm above tsuba Blade width Habaki: 3.5 cm Blade width from the transition to the tip (kisaki): 2.5 cm Blade thickness: 0.75 cm Weight with sheath: 1310 g Weight without sheath: 1045 g
Where do Citadel Swords come from?
The Keshi series is a beautiful line of Japanese swords from Citadel. These swords are hand forged and assembled by the master craftsmen as citadel_knives in Cambodia.
Today we show you the wakizashi (or medium sword) in the Keshi range.
What does Keshi stand for?
This series is called Keshi, referring to the poppy, which is clearly the theme in these swords. Small poppies can be seen all over the handle. Even the blackened iron tsuba (handguard) is handcrafted to represent the leaves of the poppy plant.
What is the Citadel Keshi made of?
Beautiful brown leather is wrapped tightly around the rayskin handle. Even the saya (sheath) is masterfully finished and a feast for the eyes. The saya is made of lacquered wood, but is finished with buffalo horn ends. Furthermore, it is provided with inlays on the inside so that it only fits on this specific sword. As with many handmade swords, the saya are not interchangeable. When sheathing the sword, it slides in and closes smoothly and does not rattle in the saya.
How is the blade forged?
The blade itself is hand-forged from 1075 carbon steel. It is differentially heat treated in a traditional clay method. Therefore, the cutting edge has a harness of about 60 HRC, giving it very good edge retention, but the spine is left around 40 HRC to handle the impact and constraint of the cutting. As a result, the difference in armor shows up as this beautiful smoky hamon line over the edge.
In addition, the blade has an impressive Bo-Hi, or fuller/groove along the back of the blade. This is the swordsmith's way of reducing weight and maintaining balance without compromising strength.
In Japan, the poppy plant represents good luck. That's fitting, because anyone holding a Keshi sword seems to be smiling a lot.
What is the difference between a Wakizashi and a Katana?
Wakizashi is commonly known as a shorter version of Katana. As seen in popular movies and TV shows, the samurai of feudal Japan often carried both a large katana and a wakizashi together. This combination is often referred to as Daishõ, which translates to "big-little".