Mounted in black, the Musashi Elite is faithful to the original down to the famous double-ring iron tsubas. The tsuka-ito is in leather over ray skin. The blades are hand-forged in high-carbon steel, with new geometry to enhance cutting ability. It is edge-tempered using the traditional clay tempering method, resulting in a distinct hamon. Edge hardness is HRC60, back hardness HRC40. The grip is double-pegged to the tang for safety. The cutting style katanas (Elite, XL, XL Light) include a traditional maintenance kit. The Katana Blades embody the classical design elements of the most prolific sword design in history. With their strong Shinogi Zukuri shape that accentuates the differential heat treatment, these blades are traditionally proportioned to appeal to the collector but they will also perform well in general cutting of hard or soft targets. Features: - 1065 High-Carbon Blade - Traditional Construction - Quality fittings Specifications: - Overall length: 41" - Blade length: 29" - Handle length: 11" - Weight: 2lb 11oz - Point of Balance: 5" - Width at Guard: 1.38" - Width at Tip: 1.08" - Thickness at Guard: .25" - Thickness at Tip: .14" - Sori: 3/4"