Shinwa Regal Tan Katana / Samurai Sword - Hand Forged Damascus Steel - Coordinating Saya
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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 mythical snow monkey relief designs; 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

Shinwa swords have a quality standard like no other, and you won't find a more functional or beautiful katana at this price! The Regal Tan Damascus Katana features all the bells and whistles you'd expect and delivers stunning style, as well! Hand forged by seasoned swordsmiths, it features a 28 1/2" Damascus steel blade and powerful full tang construction. The handle is traditionally wrapped in ray skin and tan cord. The menuki and tsuba are cast metal and a coordinating hardwood scabbard is included. You want the best? This is the best! Hands down!

hand forging samurai sword blades process

About Shinwa:

Shinwa swords are made by hand using traditional methods in the ancient sword-making township of Lonquan. The sword-making history of this town can be traced back to the twentieth year of the Guangxu in the Qing Dynasty – exceptional sword making continues there still today. The swordsmiths of Lonquan can apprentice for up to six years before they begin to forge these functional works of art on their own.

Each Shinwa sword is hand forged at temperatures of up to 1,100 °F and continuously heated, folded, hammered and shaped before being oil quenched and then straightened. Damascus steel blades are folded as many as ten times to yield up to 2,056 layers of premium Damascus steel. After quenching the blade is then ground and hand sharpened and polished by the swordsmith on a series of whetstones. Each set of these whetstones contains a finer level of silicate particles, which produces an even sharper edge. In the final stages of this painstaking process, the tsuka is wrapped and tsuba and other fittings are added before a thin coat of oil is added to the blade to prevent corrosion.

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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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