Shinwa Emperor Damascus Katana Sword- 512 layers
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$249.99
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  • Genuine masterpiece of traditional Japanese swordcraft, handmade by seasoned artisans with meticulous attention to detail
  • Hand-forged full tang 29 1/2" Damascus steel blade boasts both beauty and brawn; impossibly sharp edge, tough spine; display-worthy allure, yet powerful enough for any real-world cutting task
  • Master swordsmiths painstakingly and repeatedly fire, fold, hammer-weld multiple high carbon steel varieties to yield Damascus steel's breathtaking layering; acid etching highlights vivid contrasts
  • Hardwood tsuka cloaked in delicately textured white ray skin same and black ito; traditional wooden mekugi provide stability, classic touch; flawlessly cast tsuba, kashira, menuki
  • Coordinating black hardwood scabbard gingerly hand-lacquered, polished to stately gloss; also includes velvet sword bag, sword care instructions
  • Overall length: 43 1/4" - the quintessential full-sized Japanese samurai sword


Shinwa continues their tradition of hand forging durable blades at an unbeatable price point with this Emperor Damascus Katana Sword. Folded 6 times and boasting 512 layers, the 29 1/2" razor sharp blade is built to perform! The hardwood handle is tightly woven with black nylon cording. The tsuba is solid zinc and offers unique styling.

  • Solid hardwood scabbard
  • Custom Velvet bag
  • Sword care instructions
  • Measures 43 1/4" overall


  • hand forging samurai sword blades process

    About Shinwa:

    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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nice enough Reviewed by on Feb 03, 2018   3 out of 5

After receiving the sword and taking a good look at it.., it is definitely not a show case sword. They had it marked on sale for $129.00 from $249.00 but I actually got it for half that because it was on special..., 2 for 1. So for what I paid for it was/is fair. I am glad that I did not pay more for it because the Harmon seems to be just grind marks as apposed to clay tempered. As far as battle ready..., The design looks correct and the weight is light but I am not sure it is actually folded or quenched properly...., I may take it out and due some light gardening to see how it holds up to some small green branches. It comes sharp enough to slice but the edge is a little dull to touch and is NO where close to RAZOR sharp. Again I paid a fair price it but I would be really dis appointed if I had paid more for them.



NOT the showcased blade advertised Reviewed by Randall Archer on Dec 03, 2016   4 out of 5

I got mine (2) on sale on Black Friday. Well, they are all great, but they don't have the luster of the one being shown. The Damascus isn't dark and contrasting against the blade. Aside from that, I'm happy.



It's decent Reviewed by Nathan Cantu on Mar 24, 2016   3 out of 5

I just got this the other day finally after getting it for cheap. I can say the blade is ok, not entire sharp but it is a decent blade, for the price of course. The rest of it is slightly disappointing yet, I'm not really surpirsed by it. You're really just buying the blade. The fake ray skin and nylon cording are cheap, but honestly with a good sharpen and polish, and buying a better quality handle would make the sword look wonderful. You get what you pay for I suppose, so I'd say it's decent.



Very Disappointed Reviewed by Andrew Crombach on Mar 23, 2016   1 out of 5

I got this sword on sale and the blade was very nice; however, not very sharp (couldn't even get a clean cut through an orange). The tsuba and the mounting kit were VERY loose ( i was nervous to even give it a decent swing at something) and the handle wiggled. The rayskin wrapped only part of the handle and you could clearly see the wood of the handle, not only that but the habaki had grind marks all on it. The blade was very strong and flexible, but the handle and everything else were crap making it not even show worthy to put on a stand. I am very disappointed by this sword and I wouldn't recommend it by any means even if it's on sale.
Response: We apologize for the condition of the product you received. This is unacceptable and we'd like to make it up to you. Please contact customer service at 866-246-7164 and we will refund you the purchase and shipping amount or we could send you a replacement if you'd prefer. We are truly sorry for this inconvenience. Sincerely, BUDK Customer Service



Great sword for the price Reviewed by Andrew Langan on Feb 25, 2016   5 out of 5

The hardware on this sword is good and sturdy with no rattle, but not fancy. You are mostly paying for the blade, which is exquisite. It is plenty sharp out of the box, strong and flexible. This is a great no frills katana.



amazing Reviewed by Eliyah Cole on Nov 15, 2015   5 out of 5

not only is this sword extremely strong and durable, but is also razor sharp and looks beautiful.



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