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Shinwa continues their tradition of hand forging durable blades at an unbeatable price point with this Emperor Damascus Katana Sword. Folded 6 times and boasting 512 layers, the 29 1/2" razor sharp blade is built to perform! The hardwood handle is tightly woven with black nylon cording. The tsuba is solid zinc and offers unique styling.
Solid hardwood scabbardCustom Velvet bagSword care instructionsMeasures 43 1/4" 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.
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After receiving the sword and taking a good look at it.., it is definitely not a show case sword. They had it marked on sale for $129.00 from $249.00 but I actually got it for half that because it was on special..., 2 for 1. So for what I paid for it was/is fair. I am glad that I did not pay more for it because the Harmon seems to be just grind marks as apposed to clay tempered. As far as battle ready..., The design looks correct and the weight is light but I am not sure it is actually folded or quenched properly....,
I may take it out and due some light gardening to see how it holds up to some small green branches. It comes sharp enough to slice but the edge is a little dull to touch and is NO where close to RAZOR sharp. Again I paid a fair price it but I would be really dis appointed if I had paid more for them.
I got mine (2) on sale on Black Friday. Well, they are all great, but they don't have the luster of the one being shown. The Damascus isn't dark and contrasting against the blade. Aside from that, I'm happy.
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