Shinwa Colossus Yoru Handmade Odachi / Giant Samurai Sword - Exclusive, Hand Forged Black Damascus Steel; Genuine Ray Skin; Dragon Tsuba - Functional, Full Tang, Battle Ready - 60"
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  • One of the most powerful, awe-inspiring swords in traditional Japanese swordcraft…Shinwa style
  • Colossal full-tang 36" black Damascus steel blade - expertly hand forged by seasoned swordsmiths using proven, centuries-old techniques
  • Exclusive innovation puts “black” in “black Damascus” – result is blade with dark beauty beyond compare
  • Elongated tsuka for two-handed grip; wrapped in delicately textured genuine ray skin same and braided ito; traditional wooden mekugi, brass menuki
  • Elegant, exquisitely detailed tsuba depicts vibrantly detailed dragon relief; bathed in rich, warm patina for antiqued look
  • Hand lacquered wooden saya protects blade while adding classic style to this spectacular ensemble; embellished with traditional sageo
  • Overall length: 60" – even the legendary katana can only tremble in Colossus Yoru’s massive shadow

Not all big, bad monsters are the stuff of legend, but this legend is a big, bad monster
Like some terrible mythical beast, Shinwa’s “Colossus Yoru” Odachi is enormous, powerful and downright frightening. And for good reason! At a monumental 60" long overall, with a fully functional, razor sharp 36" blade, this imposing two-handed samurai sword packs awesome might, savage bite and untamable brutality on par with the biggest, baddest, most terrifyingly oversized beasts of lore. But unlike the Titans, Cyclops, Goliath, the Nephilim or any other giant(s) of legend, the monstrous Colossus Yoru is real. Very real. And reality can be far scarier than fiction – especially when you’re on the receiving end of this potent Shinwa odachi.

”Would you like to supersize that?” Odachi swordsmiths always answer, “yes”
One of the largest sword types in Japan’s long, storied history of innovative swordcraft, the “odachi” represents the legendary capability of the katana multiplied two- and even threefold. It’s so hefty, in fact, it must be wielded with two hands to maintain sufficient control - especially important when brandishing a weapon of this intensity and magnitude. History is full of mammoth “two-handers” – the Chinese Miao Dao, the Spanish Espada Bastarda, the Scottish Claymore and many others; but none can match the odachi’s awe-inspiring ferocity and formidable cutting clout. Shinwa’s Colossus Yoru is no exception; it even dominates other odachi, outperforming many of the world’s most expensive custom examples. And like all Shinwa swords, the Colossus Yoru is every bit as much a “beauty” as it is a “beast.”

Monstrous power and size, refined style and grace
A hulking brute adorned in the trappings of royalty, the Colossus Yoru dons all the aesthetic hallmarks that make traditional Japanese cutlery so visually appealing, plus plenty of smart contemporary updates and chic original appointments that epitomize Shinwa’s knack for combining the best of old and new, fusing tradition with innovation. Delicately textured genuine ray skin same and braided ito cloak the tsuka, which is gracefully elongated to accommodate two hands, boosting leverage, improving control and counterbalancing the hefty blade for an ideal center of gravity. Flawlessly cast, the tsuba bears an intricate, exquisitely detailed dragon motif and is bathed in a rich, warm patina for a charmingly antiqued look.

An incredible 2,000 layers on 36" of black Damascus steel; only one sword can claim it
And while most Japanese swords’ style and allure is concentrated at the tsuka, rarely extending onto the unexciting, largely utilitarian blade; the Colossus’ blade is teeming with visual splendor – a breathtaking wonder in its own right. Hand forged from black Damascus steel, the bewitching super-sized tanto blade is a tumultuous sea of contrasting lines, waves, swirls and other mesmerizing patterns. Each line is a distinct variety of steel, hammer welded and hand folded repeatedly to yield the more than 2,000 layers in each Colossus Yoru blade. The unique metalsmithing technique’s roots stretch back to the Middle Ages, and today it’s still painstakingly performed by seasoned hands – no automation, no mechanization.

Hand forging this huge blade is massive undertaking
To make each Colussus Yoru 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! 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 Colossus Yoru blade.

Experience Damascus…after dark
As if that weren’t enough, Shinwa adds its own innovative modern twist to the Colossus Yoru blade - an exclusive, closely guarded secret process that imparts its distinctive shadowy hue; putting the “black” in black Damascus, so to speak. Rich amber lines swirl over a deep black void like trails of blood flowing down a blackwater river. It's Damascus steel...after dark. And of all the world’s swords, Shinwa’s Colossus Yoru – which translates from Japanese to “Colossus of the Night” - is one of a relative few to feature it. Furthermore, like a steel snowflake or fingerprint, the patterning on no two “Yoru” blades is exactly alike.

Awe-inspiring “Colossus of the Night” demands the spotlight
From beauty to power to originality, everything comes bigger on the Colossus Yoru. This large-and-in-charge odachi casts a far-reaching shadow that obscures other swords, making them seem comparatively dim and lifeless. Even far more expensive custom odachi tremble in the shadow of Shinwa’s black Damascus “Colossus of the Night.” Upon wielding it for the first time - experiencing the raw, unbridled energy and might it conveys with every swing – you’ll never want to put it down. But much as you may want to, you can’t clutch it 24/7; thankfully, the Colossu Yoru is perfect for display. The elegant yet in-your-face odachi demands attention and admiration, especially when mounted on a wall or perched atop a handsome sword stand. And, of this, you can be sure: what the mighty Colossus Yoru demands, the mighty Colossus Yoru gets.

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Amazing sword Reviewed by Benjamin Wimer on Oct 02, 2015   5 out of 5

This is an incredible weapon. Massive design makes the Sword feel huge in your hands, yet it's elegantly balanced so it doesn't have too much weight unbalanced. The blade is black and sleek and gorgeous. The whole design has a very dark, sinister feel to it, as if it were a sword made for the villian to wield. I absolutely love it, it's immediately become one of my new favorite swords in my collection. I would highly recommend, especially for the price, you're getting an amazing weapon for the cost of an entry level katana, I feel it's definitely worth it.



Reviewed by Colin Johnson on May 03, 2015   3 out of 5

The picture is a bit misleading, as the habaki isn't gold, but rather the same color as the tsuba and other fittings. The sword came with some minor blade damage, including several small nicks and a slightly bent upper third of the blade. However, the bend was easily fixed by placing it into a vice and carefully readjusting it. Also, The tsuba rattles slightly when swung. As these issues are specific to my blade, I wouldn't worry too much about them if you're thinking about buying the sword. Every blade is different. Speaking of the blade, it has a beautiful geometry. There are two fullers. The wider of the two stops about a third of the way down the blade's length, while the narrower one almost reaches the tip. The second half of the sword is also double beveled, though only the side meant for cutting is sharpened. The tip is fully formed and very sharp, but isn't perfectly symmetrical upon close inspection, but that's to be expected when dealing with a cheaper sword like this. The handle feels sturdy, but the wrapping isn't very tight. It shifts when swung, revealing the wood of the handle. It's nothing major, but still a nuisance. It makes me wonder how well the wrapping would fare during heavy cutting. If I had to guess, not well at all. The rayskin is also crudely cut and put into place, so that it's sticking out at the edges. If you're like me, and upon arrival the black oxide finish doesn't look as cool as imagined, it's easy to remove with nail polish removal, leaving behind a nicely shaded, more traditional silver color. Unfortunately, the logo and numbering are etched in, and no amount of nail polish remover will get rid of them, though once the oxide finish is stripped away the logo becomes far less easier to notice. The blade handles moderately well. Its point of balance is about five inches from the handle. It feels nimble, and is easy to control. My blade came very sharp, and cut with ease when doing light test cutting (water bottles, jugs, cans, etc.) As said before, I'm not sure how the sword would handle heavy cutting. While it has a lot of issues, it's price more than makes up for them. It's rare to find a nice odachi (meaning, one that doesn't fall apart when swung) at this price, and if you're looking for one for light test cutting or to hang on the wall, you'll likely be satisfied.



Reviewed by Robert on Mar 26, 2015   4 out of 5

The is the first Odachi sword I brought. It was cover in oil,so I clean the sword first.The sword has a nice edge,the handle on the sword was tight and it cut through four milk jugs full of water with little effort on my end.It is well balanced and I feel it can easily cut through a man with no issues. It is worth the money.My only complaint was the logo and the number on the blade.Made it look like a mall brand store,but it is truly a battle ready sword.



Reviewed by Sam on Dec 20, 2014   4 out of 5

Well after having it for a day I can say that this is indeed a fine piece of metal. The only reason I am giving it 4 as opposed to 5 stars is for the scabbard. Still wood shavings inside from a lack of cleaning which were covering the blade when I first opened it. I understand the coating of oil but the shavings and dust were a bit unsightly. After a cleaning of my own, the blade itself is gorgeous, the handle, tsuba, and fittings are all sound. Although only for bit of decor, this is an action ready sword and simply out of respect I have no other option but to go blow another 20$ on fruit and other cuttables, and have myself a day of slice-em-up before retiring it to the wall



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