Sokojikara Shadow Grove Handmade Katana / Samurai Sword - Hand Forged, Clay Tempered 1065 High Carbon Steel - Genuine Ray Skin; Iron Tsuba - Functional, Full Tang, Battle Ready
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  • Literally a “handcrafted masterpiece” – blade hand forged by master smiths, saya hand carved and painted by master artisans
  • Full tang 28" 1065 high carbon steel blade - expertly hand forged by seasoned swordsmiths using advanced techniques honed over centuries
  • Centuries-old clay tempering process yields tough, impact-absorbing blade spine/body and history's sharpest edge; also produces natural hamon line
  • Classic tsuka wrapped in delicately textured genuine ray skin same and braided ito; traditional wooden mekugi, brass menuki
  • Elegant, exquisitely detailed tsuba flawlessly cast from bronze like katana of ages past; accented with vibrant relief designs
  • Hand lacquered wooden saya protects blade while adding classic style to this spectacular ensemble; embellished with traditional sageo
  • Overall length: 41" - the ultimate Japanese samurai sword; unstoppable in battle yet not too large to impede movement


Even a beautiful, tranquil bamboo grove may have a beast lurking in the shadows
Savage yet beautiful, tough yet graceful, Sokojikara's “Shadow Grove" Katana is a wild animal in the refined trappings of a nobleman. This traditional Japanese samurai sword is beautiful, eye-catching and no doubt impressive from the very first glance. But many of the Shadow Grove’s greatest treasures lie beneath its striking visual facade, and some - like clay tempering - are even altogether intangible. The Shadow Grove is a veritable swordcraft goldmine, never ceasing to yield rich sword-wielding experiences from the moment you first grasp the tsuka to your inaugural cut and every time you brandish it beyond.

Made of blood, sweat, tears, and premium 1065 steel
Sokojikara developed the Shadow Grove with the serious swordsman in mind. Master smiths painstakingly hand forge every Shadow Grove blade, and seasoned artisans carefully hand etch and paint every saya. From vigorously hammering the formless, molten steel to gingerly tapping in the tiny wooden mekugi, every step in the Shadow Grove's construction receives the utmost care and precise attention to detail. Some of the world's - and history's - most revered, time-tested techniques are employed, and every material is top-of-the-line. A quintessential example is the Shadow Grove's potent 1065 tanto blade. One of the most sought-after high carbon steels in modern swordcraft, 1065 alone would yield a blade with a nasty bite. But the Shadow Grove takes it a step further, enhancing the blade with a time honored differential hardening technique called “clay tempering.” Unique to traditional Japanese swordcraft, clay tempering was developed centuries ago by Edo-period smiths and is integral to the katana's longstanding, well-earned reputation as the sharpest sword on earth. A 1065 blade may have a “nasty bite,” but a clay tempered 1065 blade like the Shadow Grove’s is nothing short of devastating. And the “devastation” persists, battle after battle, cut after cut…

Seasoned hands yield “sharpest sword in the world,” clay tempering ensures it stays that way
Clay tempering imparts edge retention that's simply without equal. Like a koi gliding through a still pond, the Shadow Grove's blade slices through rolled bamboo tatami mats and even cinder blocks cleanly and effortlessly, suffering neither crack nor fissure and all-the-while retaining its razor sharp edge. The Shadow Grove can withstand such punishing cutting trials thanks, largely, to clay tempering. Prior to the intense heat of the hardening phase, Sokojikara's seasoned swordsmiths coat the newly formed, unrefined blade with clay - a thin layer along the edge, a thicker layer on the body and spine. When the blade emerges from the hardening forge, the clay layers' contrasting thicknesses cause the steel to cool at slightly different rates, yielding two distinct hardness regions. The less-insulated edge cools faster, making it harder for superior edge retention and shear strength. The thicker, more insulating coat of clay causes the body/spine to cool more slowly, rendering it "tougher"- less brittle, more flexible and better equipped to absorb impact energy. Though conceptually simple, clay tempering requires skilled hands and years of experience. It’s a slow, labor-intensive process that has changed little since its 15th century origins. But when you see the Shadow Grove in action, you’ll undoubtedly agree it’s well worth the time and effort.

Sublime feel, practically Zen-like wielding experience
The Shadow Grove's weight is shrewdly distributed to maximize swinging momentum and power, blow after devastating blow. This impeccable balance also improves control and responsiveness, allowing for greater agility and flexibility in combat. The delicately textured genuine ray skin same and soft braided ito that cloak the tsuka afford a comfortable, no-slip grip, further enhancing the Shadow Grove’s superb feel. Flawlessly cast from bronze like katana of ages past, the tsuba is embellished with vibrant relief work and bathed in a warm, antiqued patina. A classic brass menuki is nestled between ito and ray skin same, offset by traditional bamboo mekugi.

Experience the Shadow Grove, then pass it on
The Shadow Grove has proven itself time and again, and it holds its own against any of today's most 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 Sokojikara's Shadow Grove Katana for yourself? No matter how you use it, with proper care you can enjoy it for a lifetime, then pass it down to your children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren! The Shadow Grove is heirloom-quality and built to be treasured by generations of your descendants - your legacy preserved in hand forged steel.


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Christmas Gift Reviewed by on Dec 28, 2016   5 out of 5

This sword was my christmas gift which now im reviewing. My age of 15 may not be the most percievable of sword wielders but thats not the point.To start the handle is wrapped in very smooth and clean silk, im pretty impressed with this compared to most wrapped in nylon or some cotton so the silk wrap was a pleasant detail and a plus to quality.The Ray skin is indeed real as it feels of a very rough texture rather than more of a rubber smooth feel you would find on faux or imitated Ray skin so thats a plus.Forgot to mention but the silk was wrapped VERY TIGHT, I was very impressed with this ive never seensuch a tight and proper wrap on any sword ive ever wielded ( compared to so called 'el cheapotanas) so that was a pretty nice indicator on the detail put into this sword the wrap aint going ANYWHERE. The mekugi and cast fittings are indeed copper as it indicated on the professionally listed certificate of authenticity it came with along with the tsuba 9 (the ageing finish is very well done so thats not only a plus but a pleasant to the eye).I have not taking this blade apart yet but I garantee it is indeed full tang was you feel the tang vibrate ALL THE WAY UP to the pommel (a very good thing as the tang is supposed to vibrate through the handle as a way to absorb the shock from soft and especially hard impacts).The saya is indeed hand painted as you can tell its not machine pressed painted as I see there are very slight imperfections in the paint job ( a good sign indeed as if were perfect it would indeed be mass pressed painted on like on cheaper swords).The sageo( the belt wrap i think) is VERY TIGHT and well knotted as it is extensively tied and tightened with 8 small knots and 1 large knot.Very well knotted and tied and is indeed silk as well.The saya is hand carved as I can see slight imperfections a human would make.It holds the blade tight enough to whwre i can hold it upside down and shake it a little without it falling it out which is a plus.Now the blade, the very best part.It is 1065 clay tempered carbon steel which not only 1065 is a perfect balance of flexibility further enhanced by the clay tempering,but as well with durability, and sharpness compared to the softer and dull-fast 1045 , to the overly brittle but fine edged 1095 carbon, 1065 is a happy middle with the Japanese clay tempering to be a plus on flexibility.durability,and refinement on reholding a sharp edge, not to mention but 7mm is indeed a pretty hefty blade for this type.the point of balance is like 3-4 inches maybe less but either way its RIDICULESSLY CLOSE the the tsuba the balance is a must see to believe on this sword it feels like an extension of my arm and recovery time is vastly quickened compared to most balances on other swords.I apoligize for this lengthy review but t Ryumon swords are just SO UNDERATED these days and for my extensive research on my swords id say its the best sword value dollar to dollar to any production swords ive seen so I especially recommend this Ryumon dont let the lack of reviews fool you,Ryumon make very fine swords my friend and if your thinking of purchasing a Ryumon DONT HESITATE to click the add to cart button you'll thank me later if you do I hope this review helped(:



Gorgeous Sword Reviewed by David Beem on Aug 10, 2016   5 out of 5

It is a thing of beauty, and I'm relieved to say I have absolutely no complaints--full satisfaction. Disclaimer: I have not cut anything. Blade is plenty sharp and came shrink-wrapped, which, I presume, is to preserve for unknown lengths of time in storage. I think this is probably a good idea; some of these swords sit in a box for a long time before seeing any action. When you tear away the shrink-wrapping you'll find a pretty greasy pattern you'll want to wipe off, clean, apply new oil, etc. I should mention for the more sword knowledgable than myself: Tuba is strangely "dirty." Not sure what's going on there. I'm confident it isn't rust--it really seems like dirt and not oxidization or something. I wiped clean with white dry cotton rag and I'd call the color Dirt Black, not red or brown. Make of that what you will. Not a big deal to me and will not effect my rating. The cleaning kit and info booklet are FANTASTIC. Love that they include this. I appreciate the certificate of authenticity, but I'm not going to do anything with that. I understand Rumon used to include a wooden storage case. They don't anymore, and that's fine. We're all going to display on racks anyway. One last thing: I didn't order this sword first. I had ordered a Shinwa blade before this, and that one came with two defects which I won't go into here b/c it's not relevant to this sword. Suffice to say I was VERY disappointed. You order the sword, dream about it, track your package 200 times a day, and then--boom, it sucks. Not fun. So I called True Swords and, as everyone says, their customer service is very kind, very courteous, and--ultimately--helpful. There were snags which I will mention here, not b/c it has to do with this product, but b/c if you should have to return or exchange something, the True Swords people have varying degrees of training, apparently. First kid I talked to sounded like he might've been 16. Very nice kid, super helpful. I don't want to knock him, or True Swords. BUT--if you should find yourself shipping a sword back to them on their dime, know that they are sending FedEx Ground to PICK UP your sword. They're not sending you a prepaid sticker in the mail. Someone has to be home with a box to hand to FedEx Ground. It would've been helpful to know this before we left for a week on vacation and came home to a front door literally wall papered with FedEx stickers. But the fun didn't stop there. Next thing is that I followed instructions to the letter, with respect to the exchange process. I was told that, since I was exchanging for an item more expensive than the first one I bought, to include a check in the box for the difference on the balance. Not complicated. This, I did, happily. Fast forward to round two with customer service. Turns out my check was lost, my shipping charge was refunded, and my account was credited the amount of previous purchase. True Swords had no record of my exchange order, b/c that slip of paper was paper clipped to my check--also lost. Long story short, the conversation escalated to a supervisor (everyone being nice, no yelling, no bad feelings) and supervisor made everything right. I'm very satisfied with the resolution and, in hindsight, think a lot of this could've been avoided with better communication and training. If someone is unpacking a box at True Swords, they should be trained to look for their company's paper work--especially if the people on phones are instructing customers to send live checks in the mail. Likewise, the folks operating phones need to communicate how the prepaid postage thing works. i.e. that the customer needs to be home b/c FedEx is picking up package. Bottom line: True Swords DID make things right. They are friendly and helpful, but some of their people could benefit from better (?) training. Phew. Long review, very little about the actual sword, which, as I said in the beginning, is friggin' awesome. Now: Who wants some Samurai-sliced pineapple pie? 5 Stars.



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