What is Tamahagane?
Tamahagane is the name of the steel used to make katana (japanese sword). Only blacksmiths are allowed to get this steel.
Tamahagane is made only in Okuizumo (Shimane Prefecture). It is made using a steel making process called “tatara buki”. By using this method, the steel has a lifetime of more than 1300 years. Tamahagane is made using natural materials such as iron sand, wood, earth and fire, without forgetting the know-how and traditional techniques of the blacksmiths.
The raw materials of tamahagane are iron sand and coal. They are put in turn in a hand-made clay oven, and left to burn for three days without extinguishing the fire. It is the master of the tatarabuki process, called “murage” who takes care of supervising all the manufacturing process.
Tamahagane Hair Ornament
Katana swords, the symbol of the Japanese spirit, are forged with tamahagane steel. Inside this hair ornament are pieces of tamahagane.
When to wear it? Wear it with your everyday looks and let the samurai spirit surround you. Whether you are going to school, work, or meeting with friends or family, it will fill you with confidence and the strength to overcome any obstacle that you may encounter during your day.
This hair stick will inspire you to follow in your everyday life the bushido philosophy, the Way of the Warrior, the samurai way of conduct, based on Benevolence, Justice, Respect, Wisdom, Fidelity, Loyalty and Sincerity.
It is a great gift, for yourself or for your loved one, to celebrate women empowerment and show that every woman is a warrior in her own way!How to use the hair stick? Twist your hair in a bun, hold it as firm or loose as you want. Weave the hair stick through your hair to secure the bun.
The hair ornament is presented in a “kiribako (paulownia box)”. In Japan, “kiribako” are used as traditional boxes for expensive crafts.
You can choose the colors of the tassel, 4 colors available: red, white, green or blue
Introduction of the maker
Rumi Kuromoto was born March 23, 1985 in Ibaraki prefecture. She spent her childhood in the Alsace region of France. Working as a dental hygienist, she wasn’t finding fulfillment in her job. Passionate by history, she finally entered the world of sword polishing. She now works with her husband, himself a swordsmith.
In addition to her work of polishing swords, she makes use of her know-how as an accessory creator to make accessories and sword-related creations using Tamahagane steel. She recently moved to Kyotango City, Kyoto Prefecture with her husband, and they both aim to spread the charm of Japanese swords all over the world.
- Shank length about 15cm
- Ornament length about 10.5cm
- Ball width about 1.6cm
- Tamahagane (steel)
- Brass (rhodium plated)
- Acrylic glass
- We test the resistance, but in rare cases, the glass ball may suddenly break. If it breaks within 2 weeks of receiving the items, we will send you a new one, so please contact us as soon as possible with a photo of the broken jewelry.
- Some materials may cause skin reactions and allergies such as itching, rashes. In this case, remove the jewelry
- Jewelry is fragile, please handle it with precaution.
- In case of glass cracks, the contained oil may leak out.
- Differences in shape and color are due to natural materials and “handmade” workmanship
The jewelry will be made to order. Please count 1 to 2 weeks for the creator to complete your order.