Minamoto 'Samurai Master' Katana are the top of the Minamoto Katana range. Any Minamoto Katana is a properly heat treated, traditionally hand folded, hand forged, katana, made by the finest traditional katana makers. In this section, as the price steps up you are paying extra for 3 different things. Firstly every katana in the 'Samurai master' range is made of 1060, 1095, or Damascus, steel. So this is the starting point of the 'Samurai Master' range. Secondly is the tempering technique used. This varies from traditionally heat treated, to clay tempered, and through variations of different types of clay tempering. Some of the more expensive clay tempering techniques are what are said to have given the most famous historical katana their famous unparalelled unfading razor edges. These techniques are known to but a few of the most famous swordmakers at Minamoto and their secrets jealously guarded. The third thing that affects the price are the materials used in the saya and tsuba. In this section you will find gold, mother of pearl, buffalo horn, and many other saya and tsuba components reserved only for the most powerful of the Samurai caste.