Lord of Dragons, lord of swords
Shinwa's Dragon Lord Katana represents handcrafted beauty with an edge - times two. Though this Damascus steel wonder pays homage to Japan’s ancient swordcraft tradition in overall form and performance, Shinwa developed the double-edged "Dragon Lord" with today’s serious swordsman in mind. Master smiths painstakingly hand forge every savagely pointed blade, and seasoned sword artisans carefully handcraft each tsuka and saya. From vigorously hammering the molten blade steel to gingerly wrapping faux ray skin and cord around the tsuka, every step in the Dragon Lord's construction receives the utmost care and precise attention to detail.
Double-edged masterwork in hand forged steel
Some of the world's - and indeed history's - most revered, time-tested techniques are employed, and every material meets or exceeds stringent quality standards. A quintessential example is the Dragon Lord's eye-catching Damascus steel tanto blade, which teems with potency and visual splendor – a spectacular wonder in its own right with its contrasting lines, waves, swirls and other mesmerizing patterns. Each line is a distinct variety of steel, hammer welded and folded repeatedly to yield the thousands of layers in each Dragon Lord blade. The unique metalsmithing technique’s roots stretch back to the Middle Ages, and today it’s still painstakingly performed by seasoned hands, unsullied by soulless automation and disconnected mechanization.
Ancient forging technique yields distinctly modern katana
In a nutshell, a master Shinwa swordsmith from the ancient sword-making village of Longquan fires a stack of steel strips - each a different alloy - in a white-hot forge until the metal glows cherry red. 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 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 a seasoned hand 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 Dragon Lord blade, but lay eyes on it just once, and you’ll know it was well worth the trouble. Furthermore, like a steel snowflake or fingerprint, the patterning on no two Dragon Lord blades is exactly alike.
Display worthy beauty, battlefield-worthy capability and strength
But the Dragon Lord is so much more than a pretty face. More like a “wild beast decked out in regal robes,” the Dragon Lord’s stout tanto blade slices cleanly and effortlessly through rolled tatami mats, thick bamboo and other tameshigiri standards, retaining its razor sharp edge through it all. Its twin edges culminate with a savage point that boasts incredible penetrating power, as well. The Dragon Lord's weight is shrewdly distributed to maximize swinging momentum and power, blow after devastating blow. This impeccable balance also improves control and responsiveness, allowing for greater agility and flexibility in combat. The genuine ray skin and classic ito that encircles the tsuka affords a comfortable, no-slip grip, further enhancing the Dragon Lord’s superb feel. Flawlessly cast, the tsuba features a breathtaking dragon design.
Enduring quality and allure, generation after generation
The Dragon Lord has proven itself time and again, and it holds its own against any of today's most expensive katana, outperforming many. But the old cliché is true - "action" does indeed "speak louder than words," and at this unbeatable, downright unheard of price, why deny yourself the opportunity to experience Shinwa's Dragon Lord Katana for yourself? No matter how you use it, with proper care you can enjoy it for a lifetime, then pass it down to your children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren! The Dragon Lord is heirloom-quality and built to be treasured by generations of your descendants - your legacy preserved in hand forged Damascus steel.
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.