Musashi - 1060 Carbon Steel - Elegant Crane Katana Sword


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  • 27 1/2" 1060 high carbon steel full-tang blade with razor sharp edge
  • Hardwood handle with ray skin and cord wrappings
  • Hardwood scabbard with high quality piano paint finish
  • Steel tsuba with crane design
  • Dual bamboo peg construction for easy care
  • 55 HRC blade hardness
  • Measures 39 3/4" overall in length

A tribute to the Crane and her elegant representation of serenity and power.

Musashi Swords

Handmade, the blade hamon is formed by the clay temper process during production. The blade is differentially hardened and comes extremely sharp. This sword is well balanced and the tight handle wrap feels great. Comes complete with a black cotton storage bag and Musashi retail box.

Materials and Way of Forge:
  • Traditional hand forge Muku-kitae method.
  • 1060 High Carbon Steel with clay temper process.
  • 55 HRC blade hardness.
  • Hamon and hardness created with temper process.
  • Real hamon, not wire brushed or printed.
  • Real ray skin wrapped grip with black cotton cord wrap.
  • Extremely sharp hand honed edge.
  • Steel tsuba, fuchi, and kashira; Brass habaki.
  • Can be disassembled for care or display.
  • Dual bamboo mekugi (peg), hardwood handle.
  • Hardwood scabbard with high quality piano paint finish.
  • 39 3/4 in. overall, 27 1/2 in. blade, 10 3/4 in. handle.
  • Includes black cotton sword storage/carry bag.

About Musashi:

Miyamoto Musashi was a famous Japanese swordsman and is believed to have been one of the most skilled swordsmen in history. Musashi, as he is often simply known, became legendary through his outstanding swordsmanship in numerous duels, even from a very young age. He is the founder of the Hyoho Niten Ichi-ryu, or Niten Ryu style of swordsmanship and wrote Go Rin No Sho, The Book of Five Rings, a book on strategy, tactics, and philosophy that is still studied today.

Musashi writes about his first duel:
"I have trained in the way of strategy since my youth, and at the age of thirteen I fought a duel for the first time. My opponent was called Arima Kihei, a sword adept of the Shinto ryu, and I defeated him. At the age of sixteen I defeated a powerful adept by the name of Akiyama, who came from the prefecture of Tajima. At the age of twenty-one I went up to Kyoto and fought duels with several adepts of the sword from famous schools, but I never lost." -Musashi Miyamoto, Go Rin No Sho

It is notable that Musashi died of what is believed to be thoracic cancer, and was not killed in combat. He died peacefully after finishing the Dokkodo ("The Way of Walking Alone", or "The Way of Self-Reliance"), 21 precepts on self-discipline to guide future generations.

After his death various legends began to appear. Most talk about his feats in kenjutsu and other martial arts, some describing how he was able to hurl men over 5 feet backwards, other about his speed and technique. Other legends tell of how Musashi killed giant lizards in Echizen, as well as Nues in various other prefectures. He gained the stature of Kensei, a "sword saint" for his mastery in swordsmanship. Some believed he could run at super-human speed, walk on air, water and even fly through the clouds.
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Mar 12, 2016
(5 out of 5)
This sword

I had mine for over a couple years. Trained with it, cut lots of targets. Took care of it. Theres still no rust or corrosion and still as sharp as it came. This sword is very beautiful but as yet deadly.


Apr 17, 2015
(4 out of 5)

This sword arrived fast, and in perfect condition. Upon opening it was wrapped in a plastic with a mineral oil to preserve the blade, and in a fine cardboard box that did it's job in protecting the blade. It sliced through dozens of water bottles, plastic cartons, and continues to do so. In the section of the blade where I had done the most cutting with started to dull, and would not completely cut through a solid water bottle now, but it still was sharp enough to draw blood from when I was cleaning it. Anywhere else on the blade and it cut through just fine. For the price, this was a great buy, just not the high durability I would have expected from 1060 steel, but it still remains battle ready.


Feb 23, 2015
(4 out of 5)
Great blade for the money

This is an excellent sword for the money. True clay temper, solid fittings, 1060 steel, razor sharp with a good balance, this sword is truly battle ready and highly functional. The fittings aren't perfect, with the paint being a bit sloppy, and the cloth wrap over the ray skin slows a tiny bit of wood here and there, but for $100, it makes a great cutting sword to learn on without breaking the bank. Excellent value.


Dennis Hartman
Oct 17, 2013
(5 out of 5)

I received this sword 3 days after ordering. This sword is a god buy for the money and lives up to the promotional info. here at True Swords. Not quite razor sharp but a little edge polishing with a extra fine diamond hone fixed that. The only con would be that the guard is of an unspecified zink alloy and not solid brass as the other fittings. This was mentioned by T.S. and no surprise. I have seen an almost identical sword but of 1045 carbon steel for $100.00 more. Test cuts were sweet, balance is perfect at 4in. from guard and every thing is nice and tight. Get one when they come back in stock, you will not regret it.


skrill dude
Sep 26, 2013
(5 out of 5)

This is not my first sword, but it is probably one of, if not, the highest quality ones in my collection. Do not order this sword with unrealistic unexpectations! For a SUB 100 dollar blade, it really does not get better than this. Absolutely lovely tsuba. Beautiful hamon. This is a great sword, I recommend it to collectors at any level.

Always remember, please be safe when your blade is out of it's saya, and keep weapons inaccessible to children.


Jon Anderson
Sep 24, 2013
(3 out of 5)

I thought these could flex more, THEY CANNOT... Do not attempt to flex or bend this beyond 15 degree's, mine bent around 15-20 degrees. It bent right back, but that completely destroyed my view of this sword... On the up side, it came fairly sharp (not razor sharp), but it was able to cut through up to 1/2 inch bush stems (at the right angle)... The boxes and small branches were like butter. No dings were detected after trimming some hedges. Sword feels light and easy to swing, will continue to use it in the yard for fun, other than that it will sit on a stand. I would not consider this battle ready.


Joseph Veltri
Sep 13, 2013
(5 out of 5)

Blown away when I pulled the Katana out! I am a knife maker on the side so I know a little about heat treating blades. The Hamon and temper of the blade is flawless. This is my first sword but certainly not the first I have handled. For $80 bucks it is outstanding. I have cut water bottles, red oak 1" sticks, and cardboard with this so far. Not a hint of damage or scuff on the blade. out of the box it can shave arm hair no problem. The weight, fit, and finish was tight and detailed. The only thing I HATED was it was marked Masashi china which I will remove even if I have to scratch it off!!


Josh Rizzo
Sep 11, 2013
(5 out of 5)

A beautiful blade, great price.

After looking at several blades, here at TrueSwords, I went with this simple and really "Elegant" Blade. And it was worth it.


Adam Freel
Mar 12, 2013
(5 out of 5)

Excellent sub $100 sword for a starting collector.


James Nelson
Apr 12, 2012
(5 out of 5)

Beautiful sword! First time actual real Katana. not some cheap knock off. Very pleased. Money well spent. Shipped fast and easy. no problems. I highly recommend it for someone who's looking to start a collection


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