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Razor-sharp carbon steel tanto bladeFaux ray skin & dark green cord handleFeatures cast metal accent details & heavy, ornate guardCustom black scabbard cord wrapped & accented w/ metal decorations26" blade39.5" overall(Half-tang blade)
Stunning reproduction of the historical Shin Gunto, translated as "new military sword", which was carried by Imperial Japanese Army Officers during World War II. This katana design succeeded an earlier Japanese military sword style that was more reminiscent of saber swords.
Our modern reproduction features intricate details from top to bottom. The metal tsuba (guard) is accented by matching metal fittings on the handle, pommel, and lining the scabbard. The tsuba design is unique to the Shin Gunto.
The hardwood scabbard is fitted with a carry handle made of interlaced wrapping, different than that of the sword handle. A section of the scabbard is also wrapped to match the sword's handle, which has a traditional samurai wrapping with diamond pattern.
Carbon steel blade.
Hardwood handle with emerald green wrapping.
Hardwood scabbard with black painted finish.
All metal fittings.
Measurements: 26 in. blade, 39 1/2 in. 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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The sword came well packaged but it's blade is dull when advertized as 'razor sharp'. Now where do I find someone to sharpen my sword.
I just got this and I really can't say much for performance. The handle feels a bit weak although there is no wobble in air swings. It is not sharp at all, and it doesn't feel like it would take much abuse. The handle which is a bone white color, has a rubbery plastic. It is not a flat plastic, it has a small dot texture, but it has a nice feel overall. I will keep it as a display which I am pretty sure it is meant for. As to that is is really a sharp looking Katana. The blade has a nice curve and the wave pattern you see in the blade image extends the lengh of the blade and is a nice touch. The Green has a hint of blue in it. The black hard plastic sheath is nice and glossy while the metal pieces (they are metal) are a nice accent and have an intricate pattern. Overall a very nice piece for a collection. it has the obligatory few scratches but they will buff out easily once you clean off the sticky oil the manufacturers all seem to love