Shinwa - Folded Steel Katana w/ 2000+ Layers - Monkey Tsuba
Folded by hand nine times to produce 1024 layers, this blade comes highly sharpened and supported by a traditional full tang construction. The blood red wrapping provides a secure grip while offering striking contrast to the natural finished Damascus blade.
Dark design hues and Monkey tsuba artwork give this piece a personality all its own.
- Highly sharpened
- Full tang and battle ready
- Folded carbon steel Damascus blade with 1024 layers
- Straight ninja-style blade geometry
- Blood groove going the length of the blade
- Monkey tsuba (guard) with matching fittings
- Dark finished habaki
- Ray skin handle with blood red ito wrapping
- All metal fittings
- Hardwood scabbard with high gloss black finish and matching wrapping
Measurements: 28 1/4 in. blade, 41 3/8 in. overall
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 wet stones. Each set of these wet stones 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.