Shinwa SilkSting Handmade Shirasaya / Samurai Sword - Exclusive, Hand Forged Black Damascus Steel; Hand Lacquered Hardwood - Sleek Style, Ninja Stealth - Functional, Battle Ready - Full Tang Tanto
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  • Sleek, clean design stands out in any display or collection, even amongst lavishly adorned, sumptuously appointed custom swords – a must-have for any collector
  • Full tang 29" black Damascus steel blade – painstakingly hand forged by seasoned swordsmiths using proven, centuries-old techniques
  • Innovative, exclusive process puts “black” in “black Damascus” – result is blade with brooding dark beauty without equal
  • Seamless, fluid design from from kashira to saya base; discreet and stealthy; unique and eye-catching
  • Tough hardwood handle and saya, both with elegant, satiny smooth hand-lacquered finish
  • Hand lacquered wooden saya joins seamlessly with likewise-finished handle; protects blade, imparts elegance
  • Overall length: 40 1/4" – easy to wield, easy to transport, hard to put down

Sleek, clean minimalist style; maximum ferocity and function
Shinwa’s sleek, eye-catching “SilkSting” Shirasaya Sword undeniably stands apart from the rest and is a must-have for any serious sword collector. Amongst even the finest, most ornate katana, wakizashi and other common Japanese sword styles, this alluringly clean, no-frills sword is an immediate standout, sure to draw attention and spark lively conversation. The traditional shirasaya configuration’s satiny smooth lines, unique staff-like shape and hand-lacquered hardwood construction all make for a beautiful example of Japanese swordcraft’s diverse design variety and vast aesthetic range. Though its roots stretch back centuries, for most, the shirasaya represents a fresh, intriguing departure from the katana-like image ingrained in the popular imagination: ray skin and cord-wrapped tsuka, ornate guard, sageo accented saya and the like. But, interesting and alluring as the fluid, polished exterior may be, don’t forget – this sword is equal parts “silk” and “sting.” As such, the “silky” smooth saya conceals a potent “stinger” – a menacing black Damascus steel blade with a carefully honed edge.

Open your mind to exciting new bladecraft possibilities
More than “stinger,” this capable, full tang blade is also the seductively dark soul of the SilkSting and no less than hand forged bladecraft at its pinnacle. It slices effortlessly through even the most challenging materials, retaining its fine edge through even the most brutal trials. Breathtaking, downright bewitching and undeniably unique, the SilkSting blade’s beauty is every bit as razor sharp as the edge, piercing to the depths of your imagination - opening it to wondrous new metallurgical possibilities, while slashing apart all your preconceived notions of what makes Damascus steel, “Damascus steel.”

Every blade emboldened and enhanced by blood, sweat and tears
The SilkSting’s distinctive black Damascus is a tumultuous sea of contrasting lines, waves, swirls and other mesmerizing patterns, all cloaked in a shadowy dark hue. Each line is a distinct variety of steel, hammer welded and hand folded repeatedly to yield the thousands of layers in each SilkSting 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. To make each SilkSting 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, while an acid treatment 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 SilkSting blade.

Experience Damascus steel…after dark
As if that weren’t enough, Shinwa adds its own innovative modern twist to the SilkSting blade - an exclusive, closely guarded secret process that imparts its brooding dark 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 SilkSting is one of a relative few to feature it. Furthermore, like a steel snowflake or fingerprint, the patterning on no two SilkSting blades is exactly alike.

Simplicity, value and function outshine gaudy frills, showy appointments and luxury price tags
Uniqueness is becoming an ever-scarcer quality in today’s sword industry. Every sword maker tries to outdo the rest with intricate, over-the-top ornamentation accented with rare, precious materials like abalone or ebony. In a marketplace crowded with gaudy, expensively swords adorned in showy, ultrapremium finery, how does any modern sword collector keep up? What sword will truly embolden any collection or display with a genuine sense of originality and fresh appeal without costing a small fortune? The seemingly paradoxical answer: trade flashy, over-the-top frills for clean, simple form. Shinwa’s SilkSting Shirasaya is the simple standout that comes fully loaded - with value, sleek minimalist style, real-world effectiveness and genuine handcrafted substance.

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Customer Reviews|Average Rating: 3.73 out of 5

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Reviewed by Sterling DeLoatch on Jul 03, 2015   5 out of 5

This was my dream sword. This was my second purchase from this site. Already having high expectations True Sword did not let me down. The sword came sturdy, well polished, no knicks, and with an edge. I couldn't be happier.



Reviewed by Mike Elias on May 04, 2015   3 out of 5

I ordered this sword last year and I have to say you get what you pay for. I've used mine for all sorts of things and whether it is real Damascus steel or not, its definitely a good starter sword and if you have any problems with your sword its most likely got screwed up in the mail because mine was in excellent condition. No loose pieces and no damage, although the box is a little cheap it has a nice look about it. I'd say 3.5 out of 5



Reviewed by RDBroyles on Apr 20, 2015   1 out of 5

I recieved the shinwa nodachi sword I ordered today,(no thanks to ups), It was left leaning up against my neighbors porch.when I called customer service I was told it wasn't thier problem,to call ups. upon looking over the sword it rattled around in the scabbard,there were knicks in the blade and it wasn't very sharp.the customer service rep upon hearing a not to happy customer let out a heavy sigh and asked rather rudely if I wanted a return label to send it back. It will be the last time I buy a factory second from this company.



Reviewed by Taylor McPhie on Dec 03, 2014   2 out of 5

We are very dissatisfied with this sword. I am not a collector, I study kenjitsu. The blade slaps around in the Saya badly. The blade itself is great with a very nice edge however the branding logo and name of the company on it AND the text on the other side of the blade make it look like a toy. So I gave it two stars due to the graffiti on the blade and the poorly fit Saya. It is not worth the money, Mushashi is far superior.
Response: Hi Taylor, We apologize that you aren't 100% satisfied with your sword. Because you are not satisfied with the product, you may return this item within 60 days of purchase. You can contact us at 1-800-735-3326 to obtain a return label for your package. Thanks!



Reviewed by Rohan Smith on Nov 02, 2014   5 out of 5

Another satisfied customer. This sword is my second purchase from True Swords. I'm very pleased with the quality. It's a tight fit in the scabbard and that's a good thing. I'd rather have a harder time getting it out of the scabbard as opposed to it falling out of the scabbard.



Reviewed by Zach on Sep 04, 2014   5 out of 5

What are it's cutting capabilities . I want a sword of great cutting capability not to walk with.?



Reviewed by Evan M Hart on Oct 17, 2012   4 out of 5

Pretty sword. It is long and straight, full tang with a hard wood handle glued onto the tang. It can not be used as a cane which dissappointed me because it is marketed as a cane sword. It is simply a straight shirasaya.



Reviewed by Larry Ham on Dec 10, 2011   4 out of 5

My order was delivered much sooner than I expected! This sword is very sharp and seems to be made of good quality materials. I definitedly recommend this sword for collectors or practioners of the martial arts.



Reviewed by Joshua Swisher on Sep 27, 2011   5 out of 5

Ok I just got this sword today, and I was very much impressed! I've always wanted a really cool sword cane and this one jumped out at me. It's my first buy from true swords, so I'll probably be coming back.

Ok, time to review it. Like other reviewers have stated, it doesn't like to stay securely in the saya, or sheath as I have learned. Yeah, I'm not a know-it-all when it comes to Japanese swords... deal with it. I alleviated this problem by placing a small piece of duct tape on one side of the habaki, or the small metal piece at the base of the blade.

My friend said it looked like there was oil embedded in the blade, because it had a ripple pattern on it... I kind of had to give him a history lesson on Damascus steel, because thats what it's supposed to look like.

Overall, yes. Buy this product if you want a sword cane that makes an impression. 5 out of 5 from me!



Reviewed by Jonathan Bowie on May 16, 2009   4 out of 5

Came in 8 days.... Mainly my fault for ordering on a friday since once the weekend ended it moved fairly fast. When it arrived I just couldnt say anything but, WOW. It looks brilliant.... The blade itself of course needed a bit of cleaning as it came with some grease and oil on it... The only real downsides are that it wobbles a bit in the saya and its just a slight bit too high to be a cane for me. Other than that damn amazing! A great buy for the price!



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