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Tanjiro's Nichirin Blade changes color

Nichirin Blades ( (にち) (りん) (とう) Nichirin tō?) are special blades used by and made specifically for the Demon Slayer Corps to slay Demons.They are forged from a unique ore that constantly absorbs sunlight, one of the only major weaknesses of Demons. Therefore, decapitation by Nichirin Blade is one of the only ways a human can kill a Demon, the other being the use of a Wisteria-poison coated weapon.[1]


Nichirin Blades take on a distinct color when first drawn by its owner, which is why they are also referred to as "The Color Changing Swords".[2] However, the holder is required to have a certain amount of skill, or the blade will not change color.

Forging Process

Nichirin Blades are forged with Scarlet Crimson Iron Sand and Scarlet Crimson Ore, both of which are found on high mountains like the Sunlight Mountain, which is perpetually bathed in sunlight all throughout the year.[3]

Demon Slayer recruits choose their own ore after successfully passing the Final Selection. The ore will then be used by a swordsmith of the Swordsmith Village during the forging process, and the swordsmith will personally bring the weapon to the Demon Slayer.

Handguards

Each Nichirin Blade contains a handguard, or tsuba, that protects the swordsman from cutting themselves. It is located where the handle and the blade meet and can come in a variety of colors and shapes. However based on his appearances in the series, Inosuke Hashibira's Nichirin Blades do not have handguards

Swordsman Description of Handguard Picture
Tanjiro Kamado* Black ring connected to its core by lines. Tanjiro's Tsuba E17
Zenitsu Agatsuma Circular shaped with 4 slight indentations, the center has a silver tone with small triangles and has a golden border. Zenitsu's Tsuba E12
Giyu Tomioka Hexagonal shaped with a bronze core and with an overlapping fuschia border.

Tomioka's second blade obtained during the fight against Muzan has a handguard resembling a whirlpool

Giyu's Tsuba E1
Shinobu Kocho Flower shaped with 4 petals; The petal has an aqua colored core with an orange border Shinobu's Tsuba EP20
Kyojuro Rengoku Shaped like a flame with a red core and golden border Kyojuro's Tsuba
Mitsuri Kanroji Shaped like a 4 leaf clover; The leaves have a pink core with a golden border Mitsuri's Tsuba Manga
Muichiro Tokito Rectangular shaped with hollowed rectangles at each corner. Muichiro's Tsuba Manga
Sanemi Shinazugawa Abstract shape with 8 points with an overlapping pattern; Each  plate has a forest green core with a silver border. Sanemi's Tsuba E22
Obanai Iguro Circular shape engraved with a snake Obanai's Tsuba Manga
Tengen Uzui Circular shaped with 4 slight indentations and gold in color, there's a maroon ring that connects to the center; it has an outer green border. Tengen's Tsuba

*Tanjiro began using Kyojuro's handguard as of Chapter 129.

Blade Colors

Kyojuro explaining Breath Styles to Tanjiro

Kyojuro explaining Breath Styles' associated colors.

Nichirin Blades change color depending upon the user, making each blade unique. They can be of many colors. Zenitsu Agatsuma's blade is unique in that its coloration does not form as a solid band but instead as a lightning motif down the length of the blade. The reason for this patterning is unknown.

Each color is said to impart certain properties to the blade. The properties of black Nichirin Blades are not well understood, causing them to be considered a bad omen that the Demon Slayer will not go far (due to dying before much can be learned about the blade). By raising the temperature of the blade with a strong grip, Demon Slayers are able to change their Nichirin Blade's color to red, which prevents demons from regenerating damage done by the blade. Clashing a Nichirin Blade with other Nichirin Blades will also turn them red and give them the same qualities.


Symbolism[4] Colors No. Known users
Sun Black 2 Tanjiro Kamado

Yoriichi Tsugikuni[5]

Sound Amber 1 Tengen Uzui
Water Blue 2 Giyu Tomioka

Sakonji Urokodaki

Stone Gray 1 Gyomei Himejima
Wind Green 1 Sanemi Shinazugawa
Beast Indigo-Gray 1 Inosuke Hashibira
Serpent Lavender 1 Obanai Iguro
Insect Lavender-Blue 1 Shinobu Kocho
Flower Light Pink 2 Kanao Tsuyuri

Kanae Kocho

Love Pink 1 Mitsuri Kanroji
Moon Purple 1 Kokushibo
Flame Red 1 Kyojuro Rengoku
Mist White 1 Muichiro Tokito
Thunder Yellow 1 Zenitsu Agatsuma

Trivia

  • Their namesake contains the kanji for "sun" ( (にち) nichi?), "ring" ( (りん) rin?), which could translate to either "sun ring" or its most common meaning, "sun." In addition to the kanji for "blade" ( (とう) ?), the full translation to the Nichirin Blade is "sun blade."

References

  1. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 6, Page 1
  2. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 9, Page 15
  3. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 9, Page 12
  4. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 54, Page 8
  5. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 113, Pages 2-3
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