The Musashi® Gold Collection combines 1060, 1095 and Damascus steels forged in the Kobuse-Kitae method (combining two types of steel). 1095 carbon steel is very hard and must be properly heat treated making its forging process extremely difficult. This particular type of steel is exceptional at holding its edge. When combined with 1060 or even 1045 (softer) carbon steel this katana is a combination of the best of both worlds; keeping a keen edge while still maintaining its durability. Damascus steel blades were traditionally used for display purposes because of the intricate folding process, but through the Kobue-Kitae forging method our Musashi® Gold Collection swords combine a beautifully designed work of art with a skillfully sharp sword edge.