Will P. said:UnknownVT, traditional katanas were not tempered at all.
No disrespect to y'all traditionalists, but too many people out there treat nihonto as a religion.
You got me there -
perhaps all those sites and literature are all wrong?
Since the Japanese Sword Glossary definitions are -
HAMON - temper pattern along blade edge
SAIHA/SAIJIN - retempered sword
YAKIBA - hardened, tempered sword edge
YAKI-IRE - fast quenching of sword (tempering)
So are they using "temper" incorrectly?
Perhaps some people do regard Nihonto very highly -
no disrespect meant -
katanas have been made to a high degree of craftmanship - even artistry - for centuries -
perhaps they might just know just a little bit about making swords?