Shinwa Regal Makaku Katana / Samurai Sword - Hand Forged Damascus Steel - Custom Cast Macaque Monkey Tree Tsuba - Genuine Ray Skin; Hand Lacquered Saya - Fully Functional, Battle Ready, Full Tang
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  • Genuine masterpiece of traditional Japanese swordcraft, handmade by seasoned artisans with meticulous attention to detail
  • Hand-forged full tang 28 1/2" Damascus steel blade boasts both beauty and brawn; impossibly sharp edge, tough spine; display-worthy allure, yet powerful enough for any real-world cutting task
  • Master swordsmiths painstakingly and repeatedly fire, fold, hammer-weld two high carbon steel varieties to yield Damascus steel's breathtaking layering; acid etching highlights vivid contrasts
  • Handcrafted tsuka cloaked in delicately textured genuine ray skin same and soft tan ito; traditional wooden mekugi provide stability, classic touch
  • Flawlessly cast tsuba, kashira, menuki - tsuba features ornate three dimension macaque-in-tree; menuki a scaly dragon motif; all three bathed in a rich dark glazed patina
  • Coordinating black hardwood scabbard gingerly hand-lacquered, polished to stately gloss; offset with tan sageo that matches like-colored tsuka ito
  • Overall length: 39 1/2" - the quintessential full-sized Japanese samurai sword

Inspired by revered Japanese macaque, the Regal Makaku will inspire you
Shinwa's "Regal Makaku" Katana pays homage to Japan’s revered macaque – or “makaku” – a revered, mystical, “regal” mokey and a central figure of traditional Japanese myth and folklore. The “Makaku’s” impeccably cast custom tsuba is adorned with two of these stately simians, their hands clutching the branches of a Japanese plum tree. With their haunting, near-hypnotic gazes, the exquisitely detailed macaques possess a certain cryptic, almost enchanting aura, while the rustic, leafy tree branches on which they’re perched impart a sense of earthy charm to the sword’s clean, tastefully simple overall aesthetic design. The level of detail present in the tsuba is nothing short of breathtaking, it’s beauty rivaled only by the Regal Makaku’s stunningly figured tanto blade.

History, time honored tradition preserved in carbon steel
Hand forged from Damascus steel, the Regal Makaku’s bewitching blade is a tumultuous sea of contrasting lines, waves, swirls and other mesmerizing patterns. For all its wondrous visual allure, the blade is also amply formidable, thanks in no small part to the painstaking technique by which it’s forged. Each line is a distinct variety of steel - hammer welded and hand folded repeatedly to yield the more than 1,000 layers in each Makaku blade. Though its earliest history is shadowy and little-known, the unique Damascus metalsmithing technique is at least many centuries old and possibly well over a millennium. Today, as in ages long past, it’s still painstakingly performed by seasoned hands – no automation, no mechanization.

Made of blood, sweat, tears and legendary Damascus steel
To make each Regal Makaku blade, a Shinwa master swordsmith fires a stack of steel blanks - each piece a different alloy - in a white-hot forge until the metal glows red hot. He then removes the stack and hammers it until it’s around half as thick as the original. Then he folds the metal onto itself lengthwise and hammers each half together. The process is meticulously repeated – hundreds of times in some cases – until the desired layering effect is achieved, at which point a final quenching strengthens the resulting blade blank and an acid etching highlights vivid contrasts in the layers. And the slow, laborious process itself it just the beginning!

Swordcraft artistry only seasoned hands could produce
In order to achieve sufficiently dramatic contrasts, Shinwa’s master smiths must expertly select an appropriate combination of steel alloys of varying color, luminescence and other visual qualities. For the sake of strength, resilience and countless additional blade factors, the smiths must also must consider each alloy’s distinct melting point, proper stacking order, forge temperature and myriad other variables. Simply put, an unbelievable quantity of blood, sweat and tears goes into every Regal Makaku blade. Furthermore, like a steel snowflake or fingerprint, the patterning on no two is exactly alike.

Beauty beyond the blade
Few - if any - Damascus swords at this price point can match the Regal Makakus’s formidable cutting clout. But like all Shinwa swords, the Makaku is every bit as much a “beauty” as it is a “beast.” A vicious wild animal adorned in the trappings of royalty, the Regal Makaku dons all the aesthetic hallmarks that make traditional Japanese cutlery so visually appealing – hardwood tsuba cloaked in genuine ray skin same and embellished with classic braided ito; brass habaki; ornate menuki, fuchi and tsuba; and a hand lacquered, sageo accented saya to protect the fine Damascus steel blade.

Built to be treasured generation after generation
Whether for tameshigiri, display or collecting, Shinwa’s Regal Makaku Katana is up to the task, with performance that can go toe-to-toe with many far more expensive swords. It has everything the serious swordsman and/or collector looks for in a top-shelf katana, but you won't pay close to "top-shelf" prices for this exceptional handmade Damascus steel masterwork! The Regal Makaku represents one of the best values on the fine sword market, and once you wield it once, you'll never want to put it down. Like the fabled, revered Japanese macaque, the eponymous Regal Makaku sword deserves a place of high honor and esteem in your collection; it’s an heirloom quality piece built to be enjoyed generation after generation – your legacy preserved in hand forged Damascus steel.

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Customer Reviews|Average Rating: 4.13 out of 5

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Reviewed by robdog on May 13, 2015   3 out of 5

Not true Damascus you can't see the pattern off the bat like that you have to see it under a reflection of light it looks acid etched

Reviewed by Jeremiah on Feb 19, 2015   5 out of 5

This is an update to my previous post. I just wanted to elaborate on my end product. After i posted my initial review i contacted trueswords and they offered to send a replacement with paid shipping. I figure it was just a bad apple and should not be taken to reflect what i think you are much more likely to receive. The replacement did not have any of the scaring, the edge was reasonably sharp although it could use some touching up. The fittings are snug and secure. Tip has a reinforced tear drop flare to it before finishing at the point. It is different then most of my katana but I actually like this feature and need to experiment more. Like in my earlier post it does feel more blade heavy and i think the tip adds a bit more weight. Different than a great balanced sword and at the same time gives it the force to get through targets like a sword w/o a bohi. I really like the tan ito and the tsuba. It might be hard to see from photos, they are monkies. At first it was a bit odd but i've grown to appreciate the uniqueness. Anyways i just wanted to mainly say i would recommend this item. if you get a lemon like i did (prob rare) trueswords stands behinds their products and will ensure you are satisfied with your purchase.
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Reviewed by Sid on Feb 02, 2015   2 out of 5

Nice looking sword Blade is no good and was not sharpened as others have said I hope you know how to sharpen it It will take a lot of sharpening.

Reviewed by Mr. Disappointed on Jan 18, 2015   5 out of 5

At first sight the sword looks and feels great then...I tried to cut a water bottle. The sword didn't even come close to breaking the integrity of the plastic bottle, it merely dented it and tore the paper label. This sword is no more than a decoration please set your expectations accordingly.

Reviewed by J. Bleak on Jan 03, 2015   5 out of 5

This sword is the first sword I bought and it feels amazing and looks great and it has cut through anything i put in front including tree branches and two liter bottles full of water. It is good sword in my opinion. The guard has broken through the bottom of the box however so that kinda stinks but just proves that the sword is unstoppable

Reviewed by Jeremiah Mangrum on Nov 21, 2014   3 out of 5

I like the color scheme and menuki a lot. The Tsuba also has a very interesting design, I might be mistaken looked like monkies or something but it was pretty nice and unique. The blade is really beautiful with the Damascus pattern I don't know if its real or not but it looks great. One thing i'm very disappointed in is my kissaki, the edge of the kissaki is not sharp, in fact it has a grinding defect or something that looks machined or ground raw. its actually a flat rough surface like it was chiseled away or something. Debating whether I want to try to reprofile/sharpen the edge or send it back. Balance is not as good as I was hoping for, most of my swords, actually all of them don't have a bo-hi and I was hoping this would be a good tool for light cutting. I'm not gonna say its displeasing just not what I expected in terms of balance.

Reviewed by David Reid on Nov 18, 2014   5 out of 5

Absolutely stunning. From the wave patterns on the blade to its balance and weight definitely one of the best buys I've made from this site. As always TrueSwords fails to disappoint.

Reviewed by KatanaExpert_SFB on Sep 12, 2014   5 out of 5

This Shinwa katana is my favorite sword in my entire collection. I have numerous Musashi, Ten Ryu and Masahiro katana swords, but this one blows them all away. you can just feel the hand-made quality of this one compared to the others. It's razor sharp and has no problem cutting through limbs, rolled mats and even two liter bottles filled with water. This is definitely a quality sword and I recommend it to anyone looking for a functional katana with a traditional handforged blade.

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