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The original sword of the blind swordsman, the odachi was a fearsome sword popularized in feudal Japan and carried by the Samurai class.
This stunning recreation exemplifies the fabled history of the odachi in exquisite detail, featuring thousands of layers of heat-forged Damascus steel. Each powerful blade is hand sharpened and honed to a razor's edge and completed by a brass habaki. The handle and coordinating scabbard are hand lacquered with a smooth, glossy finish. An intricate dragon design completes the scabbard.
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.
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It's a nice looking piece. There was some minor damage to mine, looked like i wasn't the first owner. A few small scratches and dents on the sheath and the very tip of the blade was bent like it had been dropped on a hard surface. After a little repair work on the tip it's nice and sharp again, but it's very loose in the sheath and rattles alot. Something else i fixed myself. Now, damage aside, it was fairly sharp and the blade has a very nice pattern. It is not very well balanced though. Between that and the description not specifying, I'm fairly certain it's not full tang. Overall it's a nice LOOKING sword but for the price, I'd suggest just getting a musashi or masahiro. Can get far better quality for about the same price.
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