Born in France in 1951, Dominique Eluere settled in Cambodia in 1997. Shortly after arriving in country, he founded Citadel workshop offering hand crafted knives and swords. Within only a few years, he became recognized and respected by knife enthusiasts worldwide for his beautifully stylish, razor sharp creations. Demand is so great that Citadel now employs 50 people in Phnom Penh to produce unique hand-forged knives and swords according to traditional artisanal methods. High carbon steel blades receive differential quenching that produces visible hamon, and obviously, a long life cutting edge.
Citadel uses modern steels, high-end natural materials and a lot of skilled hand work to craft exceptional knives. For the first time in many years Citadels’ line of knives are available in North America. Citadel’s knives combine imported European steels with the highest quality grip materials to create unique working knives at a custom level fit and finish, for far below that sticker price. Many of Citadel's fans were introduced to them through their exceptional samurai swords, only to find later their devotion to high quality knives. There is a lot of crossover in the traditions as well, evidenced by the unique ray skin covered knife scales and traditional Japanese method of differentially hardened blades. Citadel's hand crafted knives and how they are made here.
Citadel Folding Knives- Folding knives by Citadel use Bohler's high carbon N690Co stainless steel for their blades. This high-end stainless steel combined with a variety of premium scale materials (Bone, Horn, Rosewood, Palisander -- even Rayskin!) makes for an exceptional knife. A padded and zippered embroidered pouch is included with each knife.
Fixed Knives- Citadel hand forges high-carbonDNH7steel then, using the techniques learned from decades of making exceptional samurai swords, differentially hardens each blade to make a fine working knife. High quality leather sheaths and high-end scale materials complete the package.
Katana is one of the traditionally made Japanese swords that were used by the samurai of ancient and feudal Japan. The katana is described by its distinctive appearance a curved, single-edged blade with a circular or squared guard and long haft to accommodate two hands. It is generally defined as the standard size with a blade length greater than 60 cm (23 1⁄2 inches).
Citadel’s katana started to work with Cambodian blacksmith and started to make swords by unique ones. Japanese method of making katana are closely guarded secrets among citadel sword makers, they broke many blades and took around 3 years to made the right Japanese sword perfectly.
Citadel's katana blades begin life as steel billets of imported (European) 1075 high carbon. It is a high carbon steel with just the right amount of carbon to form the blade's edge sufficiently hard but not too much as to risk becoming brittle.
Using imported French 1075 carbon steel billets, Citadel swords was heated and shaped by hand, clayed and differentially hardened the old-fashioned way with the only power tool in sight, an angle grinder for rough shaping everything is made entirely by hand.
Citadels handmade Katana have an international reputation for their quality, with each blade painstakingly forged and mounted by hand even crafting the fittings such as tsuba in house and engraving them by hand. Attention to detail and avoiding cutting any corners in their manufacture puts Citadel swords in a federation of their own, second only to high end United States based custom sword makers and of course, Japanese made Nihonto.
Each katana is an art and is considered by many as the only serious alternative to Japanese made swords. Japanese spirit is respecting with humility and the Japanese acknowledge existence of Citadel workshop, which is an honor for them. Citadel katana competence in quality with Japanese sword, but they are sold at a fraction of their cost, which is their big advantage.
Each sword is one and only and made by hand of masters. The Citadel’s purpose is to make katana not only effective but harmonious and beautiful as well.
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