Buyer's Guide

Japanese Arms

Dynasty Forge produces Japanese arms in three classes, each a distinct combination of craftsmanship and value that appeals to various customer needs.  A brief overview of each class is provided below.


Daimyo Class (Tamahagane, Forge-Folded, 1095)
The flagship line, the Daimyo class blades are made in strict adherence to the traditional process.  Each blade is clay-tempered and hand-polished on Japanese stones, creating a best-in-class collector-grade sword.  Nevertheless, these blades handle equally well in the hands of the practitioner.


Bushi Class (Forge-Folded, 1095)
The Bushi class combines a clay-tempered blade with a fine hybrid polish.   This polish, while refined enough to reveal the Hada (on the folded pieces) and Hamon, is also more resistant to scuffing and scratches.  Therefore, the Bushi class blades are the best choice for practitioners looking for a blade with traditional handling characteristics in a more durable finish.  For the collector, the Bushi class is a great entry point into the appreciation of Japanese swords.

Musha Class (1060)
The Musha class is anything but entry-level.   Rather, it is the most durable blade among the swords we produce.  Capable of taking a considerable bend and returning true, these blades make up for their workman-like looks with unparalleled cutting performance.  This line is the first choice for cutting practitioners of all levels looking for a no-frills no-nonsense performance oriented sword.



Proper care for your blade is necessary to ensure that no rust/oxidization forms. High-carbon steel, by nature of its physical properties, is prone to rust and requires proper maintenance. A blade should be cleaned and re-oiled with a quality cleaning kit after use and never sheathed without proper treatment, as dirt and oils can build up within the saya itself. If a blade is not actively being used for practice, it should still be cleaned occasionally.

Over time, especially with hard tamashigiri practice, the mirror finish will begin to scuff and the edge begin to dull. As well, even with proper maintenance, rust may form. Polishing/sharpening of our swords should be undertaken by a trained professional only.

European Arms

Our European arms collection is comprised of pieces with roots in different historical periods of Europe. As with our other arms, our European collection benefits from a modern forge while drawing inspiration from historical designs.

Chinese Arms

Dynasty Forge's Chinese arms are the product of extensive research based on historical pieces, often of notable provenance.  Drawing upon antiques in museum and private collections, as well as historical transcripts and diagrams, the Dynasty Forge Chinese line offers collectors and practitioners the opportunity to own a blade that combines traditional design with the performance of our modern forging expertise.