Kenshin Himura’s reverse-edge katana from Rurouni Kenshin is undoubtedly one of the most iconic swords in anime and manga. It’s actually named Sakabato, and an actual real-life replica has been made! They are now putting that replica on display at the Meijimura museum in Inuyama, Aichi Prefecture until December 15.

The replica is actually part of a huge Rurouni Kenshin exhibition in the museum, with Sakabato being its centerpiece exhibit. Award-winning swordsmith Kanekuni Ogawa forged the katana using traditional methods. And it wasn’t easy, as his only references were from the manga. This is difficult as the appearance and length of the sword varies from scene to scene, so there’s no real fixed look for the swordsmith to work on. But none the less, Ogawa finished the sword as accurately as possible.

And because Ogawa made the sword as accurately as possible, he also inscribed the death poem inscribed by the in-manga swordsmith, Arai Shakku. He was the one who forged the sword in the manga, and even placed a poem in it.

However, as this is a reverse-edged sword, Ogawa admitted that the most difficult part was sharpening the blade. He said that honing its cutting edge was completely the opposite of the traditional techniques that he has used through the years. However, he did say that making it was a “labor of love”.

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source: Sora News 24


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