Shikoto Shikyo Handmade Katana / Samurai Sword - Hand Forged 1045 Carbon Steel; Engraved Bushido Code Kanji, Twin Fullers - Iron Tsuba, Genuine Ray Skin, Leather - Functional, Battle Ready, Full Tang
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  • Shikyo slashes to the beat of its own drum - smart accents and spectacular features you won't find on any other sword, at any price
  • Full tang 29 1/2" 1045 high carbon steel blade hand forged by expert smiths using proven, centuries-old techniques; accented with twin fullers, engraved kanji
  • Stamped blade kanji translate to ""rectitude, courage, benevolence, respect, honesty, honor and loyalty" - the "Seven Virtues" of the Bushido Code.
  • Iron, leather and steel: a warrior's potpourri - flawlessly cast iron tsuba, kashira with unique relief designs; trades typical cord for genuine leather ito
  • Hardwood handle wrapped in genuine ray skin same for classic look, grip; offset by brilliant brass menuki; traditional mekugi
  • Hand lacquered wooden saya protects blade; embellished with classic sageo
  • Overall length: 43 1/8" - big, bad and capable; the ultimate full-sized samurai sword

Pays homage to tradition but yields a sword experience like no other
Shikoto's “Shikyo" Katana is both savagely beautiful and beautifully savage - a rare fusion of exquisite visual allure and raw power. It bears the hallmarks of swords priced orders of magnitude higher - expert design, precision engineering, quality steel, distinctive appointments and more. But the Shikyo needn't be - nay, can't be - compared to any other sword, as it boasts features you won't find anywhere else, as well as a wielding experience and charm all its own. It's a veritable swordcraft goldmine, never ceasing to yield rich sword-wielding experiences from the moment you first grasp the rustic leather-bound tsuka to your inaugural cut and every time you brandish it beyond.

Made of blood, sweat, tears, and premium 1045 carbon steel
The heart, soul and teeth of the Shikyo is its formidable tanto blade. Shikoto's master smiths diligently hand forge each one from premium 1045 high carbon steel, using many of the same ingenious, time honored techniques and the same painstaking attention to detail employed by their ancient forebears. Making a Shikyo blade is a slow, laborious process, but examine this steel masterwork closely or - better still, experience it in action - and you'll agree it's well worth the extra time and effort. With its exquisite finishing accents, however, a glance is all it takes to realize the Shikyo blade is truly special - set apart from all other blades, even the most expensive.

Seven Bushido virtues. Only one Shikyo.
Distinctive kanji are engraved just below the habaki, translating to "rectitude, courage, benevolence, respect, honesty, honor and loyalty." These represent the "Seven Virtues" of the Bushido Code. Twin fullers run along the spine, adding a sense of class and visual charm. Just as 16th century Japanese swordsmiths marked their blade tangs with a unique signature, the Shikyo blade's tang bears an identifying insignia exclusive to Shikoto blades - ensuring authenticity and exacting quality standards. It's a stately finishing touch, but you don't need any mark to assure you of the Shikyo’s potency and quality; experience it for yourself, and you’ll know beyond a shadow of doubt.

Proven time and again, but the most important test is the one you administer
Developed with the serious swordsman in mind, the Shikyo slices cleanly and effortlessly through rolled tatami mats, thick bamboo and other tameshigi. Shinwa’s exceptional tempering truly proves its worth in trials like these, as it allows the Shikyo to retain its carefully honed, razor sharp edge through even extended cutting sessions. Furthermore, the Shikyo’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.

“Barbarian-chic” mashup of rustic leather and rugged iron
The delicately textured genuine ray skin same and distinctive leather ito that cloak the tsuka afford a comfortable, no-slip grip that not only furthers the Shikyo’s superb feel; it also enhances its distinctive visual appeal, as well. Leather affords an intriguing contrast to the fabric cord that typically encircles traditional tsukas. Flawlessly cast from iron like Katana of ages past, the tsuba and kashira both sublimely offset the rustic leather. Both are embellished with wicked-chic reliefs comprised of sleek, interlocking lines and other eye-catching patterns. A classic brass menuki is nestled between leather ito and ray skin same – a gleaming counterpoint to the matte iron and hushed hues that make up the tsuka.

"Shikyo" translates to “death,” but it’s built to last multiple lifetimes
The Shikyo 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 Shikoto's Shikyo 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! This heirloom-quality masterwork is built to be treasured by generations of your descendants - your legacy preserved in hand forged steel.

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Customer Reviews|Average Rating: 5.00 out of 5

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Great sword Reviewed by Wayne Cridland on Feb 14, 2017   5 out of 5

I received this as a gift. The sword came as advertised. It was not damaged and the packaging was good. It came sharp and lightly oiled. The blade is well balanced and it "moves" well during use. Very good for the price and quality. Would buy again and from this company.

Reviewed by Zach Coogan on Dec 19, 2011   5 out of 5

I got this for my birthday about a week and a half ago, and I must say, I am impressed. The "Hanging Medallion" it comes with is just a little piece of plastic with the company name on it, but I don't particularly care about that. There was no damage to it during shipping, and according to my mother, it got here within 3 or 4 days of her ordering it. On to the blade itself. Exceptional craftsmanship. It feels nice in my hands and has a good weight to it. The balance is a few inches forward of the handle, but that's really not much of an issue. Really everything about the sword is beautiful, and the only thing I can think of that mars that in any way is the CHINA engraving on the back of the blade, just above the Habiki (copper blade collar).
The blade is extremely sharp and comes with a light coating of oil. While I was wiping the oil off of the blade, I ran across the edge by mistake and it sliced straight through the rag and into my hand. I chopped up the packaging it came in and it went through the cardboard like it was warm butter. I've noticed that the blade is extremely durable as well, due to the fact that I did a full force swing through a cardboard box and into the concrete below (I didn't think it'd go all the way through, but I guess I'm just undercrediting the blade). The only damage to the blade itself were a few nicks that took me 20 minutes of paranoid inspection to find. I highly recommend this blade to anyone who wants a unique piece to add to their collection.

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