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This is a sword that offers the best quality and price that other models simply cannot match! Measuring 40 1/2", this katana features a 29 1/4" blade constructed from 1055 carbon steel. The ray skin covered handle is traditionally wrapped with black braid cord and offers eye catching brass menuki. This katana includes a black lacquered wood sheath and blue violet cover bag. You will not find a sword of this caliber and at this price anywhere! Cold Steel, 88BKW.
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I was doing a little research on katanas and whizashis as to there real strength. Luckily I am a PhD in Material Science. We invested $25,000 on 13 Katanas and 11 Whizashis the cold steel 1060 (its actually 1060 not the before mentioned 1055. I was rooting for this sword being that cold steel claimed the same precision as their emperor series $1000+ by not completely polishing the blade. Dont get me wrong a TON of effort goes into turning a wartier series into an emperor series or better. Well after 45 days of honing and preparing the warrior Katana up to my sacred 20,000grit whetstone starting at 600. Whoa this Baby light up like a mirror so on with the tests the prepared warrior katana vs the compassion . So me and a fellow sword master get to testing. Head d to head combat sword vs sword edge vs edge.
13000 lawyer 1060 steel was the most expensive at $3,000. One slice vs my warrior and the $3000 blade is now 2-$1500 pieces of crap
5 other damascus 4000+ layer high carbon folded steel blades from real sword distributors all fell at the hands of the polished warrior. There were other easy foes, 1045 didn't stand a chance and 1095 shattered. TS-10, warped and cracked, a magnesium tungsten mixed breed held up to 1 blade on blade, the second encounter, theWarrior sliced through it like it ws taunting it, lol. No seriously the Finale test was head to head with the emperor series cold steel Katana expertly polished by cold stew . They met bade to bkade20 times until my warrior took it down...partly because im bettor than my sparring partner, but give it to Cold Steel and this almost finished Warrior!!. Tore through cinder blocks like a bottle of water.
Enjoyed be safe
I bought one of these years ago and it was one of my first katana if not the first. Hard to remember if it was my first one. Anyways, it is built tough and strong. Cold steel tempers there swords until they have a spring like temper giving them great flexibility to prevent breakage. Sword is well worth the price. Other swords made strong for cheaper price will get bends from hard hitting. Cold steels flexibility stops it from having bends.
I haven't cut anything with this sword yet but it is an amazing looking sword! The sword is heavier than my other katana and made so much better with a much thicker blade! It's well balanced and on the edge of being razor shard or sharp enough to shave with. The sword is everything the description says it is and more. All around amazing and beautiful sword. Totally worth the price tag.
This beautiful piece of carbon steel works excellent against anything literally. Worth the money
This Cold Steel blade is amazing, stunning and extremely durable. Check out csknives on YouTube, find the "Warriors Cold Steel Katana" video, it proves just how strong the blade is and how sharp it is. It would fit any situation, maybe an apocalypse (zombie apocalypse of course), this thing will slash and dice zombie after zombie, after zombie, after zombie, after zombie, after zombie. I extremely recommend this to anyone looking forward to the apocalypse.
Cold steel did a good job with this katana, which is exceptional example of a practical use weapon without have to pay a pre-$1000 cost. It will never replace a weapon made by a Japanese Master, but most are not looking for that kind of quality. Overall workmanship is excellent, and all fittings are tight (almost too tight).
Things not to do:
"I just took it out to trim my tree in the back yard unlike most buyers i use my blades and it did a real good job going through 2" to 2.5" of solid wood."
This is not what this type of sword was designed for in any respect, nor the proper stance, training, or form.
People like this should be drug out into the street and shot.
This is a great sword!! You could literally chop a tree down with it and the blade will be fine. Cold steel makes blades for heavy cutting: (not for tree cutting but it can if you like.). Hanwai is also another great brand name. Sure you pay more for theses two brands but I guarantee the swords will last you much longer then cheaper swords. Its worth paying the extra price.
Very well made. Thumbs up for True Swords customer service. I wish all companies were this good. Fastestest shipping time, like less than a hour after ordering.
Ordered this sword with extremely high expectations, when I unboxed it it wasn't very sharp at all, except for the tip area. Other than the lack of a razor edge though it was extremely tight and I mean tight, it feels like you could chop through a car hood, wait they did that in the "proof video" already, lol.Anyway, it feels very good, it is heavier than most katanas I have owned but in a way it's a good thing, it's not too heavy as to unbalance it (as some people say). I like how Cold Steel did their own customizing to the handle and tsuba and not just the stereotypical decorative crap ya usually see on swords.So as for the sharpness, it didn't take me long to put a razor edge on it, and I do mean razor, after I was done I ran it down my forearm...not very smart since it shaved a big line of hair off my arm. My fiancee was watching me and yelled at me, lol.Even though it shaved me that well, I wanted it even sharper, so a little more honing, next test was my left leg, upon running it down my leg it actually broke my skin! Wow! So yeah, I think it's sharp enough now, lol. Awesome sword, awesome service and awesome shipping speed, literally next day it was in my hands. Good job Cold Steel, and good job Trueswords.com.BTW I did kind of pitch a hissy fit to customer service on here for it not being razor sharp out of the box and I was given a 20.00 refund for my incoveniance, that's what I call customer service. Trueswords.com all the way baby!
The sword is a piece of cold steel art!!! Great price , razor Sharp,and definitely battle ready. Trueswords as always you have the best prices and customer service. I would recommend this sword to any sword enthusiast.
I ordered this sword a couple of weeks ago didn't take to long before it arrived at my door. I just took it out to trim my tree in the back yard unlike most buyers i use my blades and it did a real good job going through 2" to 2.5" of solid wood. Its a little on the heavy side but it really adds to the cutting power you would look for. if your not afraid to mess up $300 dollars i would recommend this katana to any one looking for a good blade. Not only good but pretty sharp looking too!
a very decent sword for training. not really a show piece but can be. I would recommend buying the imperial version; a lot more detail and shined blade.
I ordered this sword about a year ago and out of the dozens that I own it is completely unrivaled. The blade is absolutely beautiful, in a deadly sort of way, as it is sharp enough to cut a piece of paper drifting to the ground clean in half with no effort as well as the durability and hardness to cut into the hardest wood and rock (Though I wouldn't encourage either. Doing so would destroy the toughest of blades.) Due to the hundreds of hours I have put it through however, I have disturbed the beautifully and comfortably wrapped handle, and it's only prone weakness is to unravel at one of the intricately tied knots where the wrap meets the pommel. I am still enthralled with this blade to this day and recommend it to anyone wishing to have an heirloom quality katana that is practically indistinguishable from the legendary swords that were used in Japan.
the cold steel warrior katana is amazing i cut a basketball straight in half with it its really sharp and for a heavy sword is has pretty good handling the handle is crazy comfortable
This sword is EXTREAMLY well made. Deffinately my most durable sword. The blade is VERY wide. It's easily my heaviest sword, but when you feel like you can take down a brick wall it's worth it. (I Do not advise trying to take down a brick wall. That's just silly)
I own many Cold Steel knifes and self-defense products and I am impressed by its material quality and workmanship. I gave a shot for this Warrior Katana and I am extremely impressed by it. The fitting is nice and tight. The materials used on the handle are solid and authentic. The blade is very sharp and strong when you cut anything. I accidentally cut a wooden table during practice, the table broke and cracked open. Don't care too much about the table, but I was worried about my $300 katana, but there was not even a scratch , dent or ding on the edge of the entire blade. This katana rocks and Trueswords has the best price in the market.
Amazing sword! came promptly in the mail and was ripped open in .2 seconds. Very excited to recieve it the blade is beautiful and the workmanship it top grade, one of my favorite blades out of my entire collection. Thank you Cold Steel and Thanx True Swords XP
Sorry I have been so late in getting a review in. I have to say fist of all that this is truely a beautiful and deadly blade. I have always been a COLD STEEL fan and once again not let down in their product. The 88BK Katana is great for the price and completely functional in all ways. The balance,edge, and overall workmanship is great. Swords are definately functional art work. Your prices and service are the best on the web hands down. Their is not another company that can come close (believe me when I say I have searched roughly 50 or more so sites). Thank you TRUE SWORDS and I will be definately be useing you for all my future sword purchases.