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 XL Light blades feature the same geometry as those of the XL but incorporate deeply cut grooves (bo-hi) to reduce the weight of the blade while retaining most of it's strength and cutting ability. This weight reduction makes for a quicker sword, well adapted for multiple cuts in lighter targets. Features: - Massive XL Light Blade Geometry - Authentically constructed - Built for Martial Artists Specifications: - Overall length: 41" - Blade length: 28 " - Handle length: 11" - Weight: 2lb 9oz - Point of Balance: 5 1/2" - Width at Guard: 1.45" - Width at Tip: 1.11" - Thickness at Guard: .26" - Thickness at Tip: .18" - Sori: 3/4"