The sword is hand forged and folded from 1060 carbon steel by a master sword smith and is razor sharp. I now have two katana, a wakizashi (short sword), a tanto (dagger) and two medieval broadswords.
As for the photography, I was experimenting with off-camera wireless flash in order to bounce light off the hamon (the temper pattern along the blade edge) which I think I captured quite well, although it is difficult to judge exposure with the black and high polished silver. I think I got the right balance in the end.
I have been meaning to take these pictures for a while now, and reading the excellent article about sword photography I was inspired to get out there and actually do it.
So how did I do?