Shinwa Black Knight Handmade Katana / Samurai Sword - Hand Forged Black Damascus Steel - Razor Sharp, Full Tang - Fully Functional, Battle Ready, Ninja Sleek - Faux Ray Skin, Cord Wrap, Dragon Tsuba
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  • Nothing's darker than the "knight" - beautiful yet formidable, vibrant yet dark, the Black Knight Katana is spectacular fusion of breathtaking contrasts
  • Full tang 28 1/8" black Damascus steel blade, hand forged by Shinwa's master swordsmiths using proven, centuries-old technique; more than 1,000 distinct layers
  • Innovative, exclusive process puts “black” in “black Damascus” – result is blade with brooding dark beauty without equal
  • Tsuka wrapped in faux ray skin, classic black ito; offset by brilliant brass dragon menuki; traditional wooden mekugi
  • Unique, flawlessly cast tsuba features breathtaking relief design that depicts menacing dragon in extraordinary detail
  • Overall length: 40" - tall, dark and handsome; the quintessential full-sized samurai sword



The "Black Knight" of lore, embodied in a fierce hand forged katana
Shadowy and mysterious, yet clearly capable, Shinwa’s “Black Knight” Katana embodies the fabled “dark-“ or “black knight” of lore – a rogue warrior loyal to no warlord or king, who fights only for himself and his own cryptic, deviant-yet-noble principles. Indeed, the Black Knight Katana slashes to the beat of its own drum. And despite its grim hues, the Black Knight is nothing if not vibrant and alluring; it’s teeming with distinctive appointments and captivating accents – a true masterwork of contemporary sword design. But behind this stylishly unsettling façade lurks a downright frightening beast – a formidable tanto blade hand forged from black Damascus steel.

Open your mind to dark-yet-thrilling new bladecraft possibilities
More than “muscle,” the capable full tang blade is the veritable “dark soul” of the Black Knight, and no less than hand forged bladecraft at its height. It slices effortlessly through even the most challenging materials, retaining its fine edge through even the most brutal trials. Breathtaking, downright bewitching and truly unique, the blade’s beauty is every bit as keen as the carefully honed, razor sharp edge. It pierces the depths of your imagination - opening it to wondrous new metallurgical possibilities, while slashing apart all your preconceived notions of what makes Damascus steel, “Damascus steel.”

Shinwa looks to the past, yet "forges" ahead with its own modern innovations
The Black Knight’s distinctive black Damascus steel is a tumultuous sea of contrasting lines, waves, swirls and other mesmerizing patterns, all cloaked in a shadowy dark hue. Each line is a distinct variety of steel, hammer welded and hand folded repeatedly to yield the thousands of layers in each Black Knight blade. The unique metalsmithing technique’s roots stretch back to the Middle Ages, and today it’s still painstakingly performed by seasoned hands – no automation, no mechanization. To make each Black Knight blade, a Shinwa master swordsmith fires a stack of steel blanks - each piece a different alloy - in a white-hot forge until the metal glows red hot. He then removes the stack and hammers it until it’s around half as thick as the original. Then he folds the metal onto itself lengthwise and hammers each half together. The process is meticulously repeated – hundreds of times in some cases – until the desired layering effect is achieved, at which point a final quenching strengthens the resulting blade, while an acid treatment highlights vivid contrasts in the layers. And the slow, laborious process itself it just the beginning!

Unique allure only a seasoned swordsmith could produce
In order to achieve sufficiently dramatic contrasts, Shinwa’s master smiths must expertly select an appropriate combination of steel alloys of varying color, luminescence and other visual qualities. For the sake of strength, resilience and countless additional blade factors, the smiths must also must consider each alloy’s distinct melting point, proper stacking order, forge temperature and myriad other variables. Simply put, an unbelievable quantity of blood, sweat and tears goes into every Black Knight blade.

Experience Damascus steel…after dark
As if that weren’t enough, Shinwa adds its own innovative modern twist to the Black Knight blade - an exclusive, closely guarded secret process that imparts that sinister dark veil; putting the “black” in black Damascus, so to speak. Rich amber lines swirl over a deep black void like trails of blood flowing down a blackwater river. It's Damascus steel...after dark. And of all the world’s swords, Shinwa’s Black Knight is one of a relative few to feature it. Furthermore, like a steel snowflake or fingerprint, the patterning on no two Black Knight blades are exactly alike.

A dark sword that shines brighter than the rest
“Knights in shimmering armor” are a dime a dozen, as are ordinary swords. Even the most sumptuously adorned “carbon steel” examples can’t match the shadowy allure of Shinwa’s Black Knight Katana. Like a seaside lighthouse in photonegative, the deep, dark Black Knight is a brilliant shining beacon of originality and inventiveness in a sea of ordinary, uninspired swords. And many have answered the call, as the Black Knight commands a substantial following of devoted fans. This should come as no surprise - the Black Knight has proven itself time and again, and it holds its own against far more 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 the ever-impressive Black Knight Katana for yourself? No matter how you use it, with proper care you can enjoy the Black Knight for a lifetime, then pass the set down to your children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren! This heirloom-quality katana is built to be treasured by generations of your descendants - your legacy preserved in hand forged black Damascus steel!


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Scabbard Reviewed by on Dec 30, 2017   1 out of 5

Scabbard very loose..and dye comes off the sword whhen it strikes something..scabbard leaves some residue..maybe actual wood from moving around while in scabbard..blade is strong..not sharp



nice for the price Reviewed by on May 09, 2017   5 out of 5

The sword I got was fit beautifully. Tight, solid, and well wrapped. I wasn't sure about the straight blade at first, but this sword has a nicely balanced, traditional feel, and it took no time to get a great feel for it. It was fairly sharp, and with a bit of fine tuning, it sharpened like a razor, and it holds it's edge well. Aesthetics are gorgeous on the blade, however, every time I clean, and oil it, an orange residue appears on my cleaning cloth. I'm wondering if the fire orange color is actually painted on? If so, this blade would be even more stunning if it were polished, not painted. Over all, I'm more than satisfied with this sword, and True Swords. Shipping took about 10 days, but for the price, well worth the wait. Thank you TS, I'm looking forward to many more purchases!



U get what u pay for Reviewed by Ryan Bringhurst on Mar 05, 2017   5 out of 5

Bought this and the double edge dragon for me any my brother. Both are beautiful, no issues or problems. To the other negative feedback people. Just remember u get what u pay for. These are lower end price swords. Ur not gonna be able to go out and fight or cut things continuous without it having effect. I highly recommend this for a collector. The steel is beautiful n sharp.



To my likeing,but... Reviewed by on Jan 16, 2017   5 out of 5

I love this sword but there are a few kinks with it for me this is first of all it didn't come sharp for me nothing major the handle did not fully lock the blade in place so it had an annoying raddle and worst of all the habaki (blade collar) slid back and forth nothing customer support couldn't fix though. When the new one arrived I was pleased with all the fixed components I complained about.it truly is a great sword just make sure when you get it you know what you getting into on the 50/50 train



Great Quality Reviewed by on Dec 29, 2016   5 out of 5

When I got the sword the blade had wood on it from the casing but besides that it is really sharp, the case fits perfectly for the blade and everything on it was secure and does not move. 10/10



I am very impressed Reviewed by on Dec 22, 2016   5 out of 5

Its vary beautiful Damascus steel sword I love how the sword feels its very very very high quality



You get what you pay for. Reviewed by Randall Perry on Dec 18, 2016   5 out of 5

It's a beautiful sword. It would make a great addition to a wall hanger collection, but battle ready it is not. My son and I put it up against some 2 liter bottles,16oz water bottles, and a water filled milk jug. Granted, this was right out of the box, no sharpening other than factory. It made short work of the milk jug. I was impressed. The 2 liters? Well, not all that impressive. They went flying across the yard. Thrusting was effective. It passed through all of the bottles effortlessly. By the end of our cutting test, the sword had a rattle in the guard and a warp in the blade. My kid still likes it, I guess that's all that matters in the end, but as far as taking this thing up against anything but a milk jug, I wouldn't recommend it.



Amazing Reviewed by Matthew Gately on Dec 13, 2016   5 out of 5

It was on sale so I got it and its an Amazing sword. I would recommend it to anyone wanting a real sword. The only thing I would caution people about is the fact that you have to oil it and take good care of it. Its not something you can put on a wall and neglect for a year. You need use oil to keep the blade from oxidizing. Like I said its a real sword so you have to treat it as such.



Decent Reviewed by charles rivers on Dec 08, 2016   5 out of 5

from my point of view as a machinist working with all kind of metals this is NOT Damascus steel but it is folded steel. that being said the blade that i got was in good shape although i did not like the coating they put on it. it looked like "makeup". it was brown and black and all kinds of crap. what do you excpect for chinese made blades..( not a full tang but close) The parts that made up the sword as a whole were real metal..copper plated at least..or brass..not much plastic here. some glue..i doubt the authenticity of the ray skin but thats another issue i wont bother with. didnt like the handle -soft wood...it was split..and it took me awhile to sort out the wrapping which was simple flat nylon chord. easilly removed . all in all i would have made it differently but since i dont have a forge or the materials on hand i'd say this is a decent sword.. blade metal is good..take it apart..clean it up..defeinitely change the handle



Very Nice, But... Reviewed by Christopher Epstein on Dec 02, 2016   4 out of 5

The blade is amazing and very well made. The whole sword is very sold and there is no play or shifting. The handle does not have real rayskin, it is cheap imitation. Also everyone be warned for some reason they decided to ruin this absolutely beautiful sword by printing right on the blade: "Handcrafted in China" and a modle number in addition to the shinwa logo on the other side of the sword. The logo is fine but seriously no one, NO ONE wants the ugly china stamp on anything. All that said it is still worth the price $59.99 on sale. 10 out of 10 people would buy again lolz.



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