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Exquisite heat-forged Damascus steel bladeExclusive laser etchings on the bladeGeunine ray skin handle with cord wrappingsCoordinating hardwood scabbardOversized guard and pommelHandsome brass menuki30" blade; 41 ¼" overall
Exquisite hand-folded, heat-forged Damascus steel! This top-quality Shikoto Yoru Doragon katana sword features a heavy blade with 1792 layers of premium Damascus steel that's been hand sharpened and honed to a razor-sharp edge.
Custom details such as the cast zinc alloy tsuba and pommel, ray skin handle and leather wrappings give this katana sword a custom, one-of-a-kind look and feel. As each blade is individually heat forged and hand folded, no two are alike. The brass habaki and menuki add even more authenticity to this Samurai treasure.
A custom-designed, high-gloss lacquered hardwood scabbard houses the massive 30" blade in true Samurai style. The Yoru Doragon katana measures a staggering 41" in overall length.
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This is a good sword and to correct I think that guy ment Damascus probably got mixed up with the other Shikoto 1045 line up.Damascus is a blade that is usually folded from 6 to even like 9 or 10 times.With a purple light you can see the Damascus pattern this is a really tough and well made sword.Shinwa uses real Damascus but they dip theirs to a fine finish to be able to see it without a purple light.Great sword,great buy this sword is a fantastic cutter
This is an awesome sword probably one of the best from budk.The reason it might appear to be not as sharp as other swords is because this blade is 1045 Carbon.It wont cut nearly as a 1095 blade to say but the 1045 is actually the most durable quality blade there is and thats what I love about the sword its less likely to bend compared to higher carbon blades.The more carbon it has the more fragile (Yet alot sharper) with deeper and much finer cuts just to point out.And another thing to clear up is that theres no such thing as a left or right handed sword a sword is for either hand.to summarise this is a really durable and this is about as sharp as 1045 Carbon gets
Ive bought many swords from this catalog, And they may not be 300 year old swords from the heyday of sword manufacture in Japan, BUT For the price, these modern swords are actually made of much better steel, the old masters could only dream of. Swords are not meant to chop through 4 inch pieces of wood, they were made for cutting flesh. Try a watermelon. As a machinist for 40 years, I know good steel when I see it, Swords were never meant to be so Hardened and tempered that they break on impact. Also, as the brother of the chief Medical Examiner in San Francisco. I can tell you that people are not made of wood. If you want to chop a tree down, Use an ax, chainsaw, or hatchet. Swords are not meant for that kind of cutting.
Judging from all the reviews I'm not sure if I just got one of the few bad ones of the batch or nobody else used the sword to test its abilities. First off, the good. It is an extremely light sword, in fact shockingly so. The craftsmanship, for the most part, is adequate. The real leather was especially appreciated. Now to the reasons I gave this 2 starts. For some background, I'm a mechanical engineer and know a thing or two about metals, their properties and hold a fascination with Japanese forging techniques.: 1.Plastic pegs which hold the tang holes. (My biggest gripe from most full tang Chinese made swords) 2. There was no distinct Hamon Temper line. 3. There were a few pit marks on the tip of the blade with rusting. This either means it is in fact made from 1060 CARBON STEEL or rust. (Seriously the description says Damascus steel with a 1060 notation which clearly denotes SAE Carbon Steel) 4. This is not battle ready and my biggest reason for not liking this blade. Perhaps I had my hopes set to high and overestimated the strength 1060 in a sword. Maybe I shouldn't have slashed at that 4 inch diameter DEAD tree branch. It cut through it after 4 hits but it bent the blade. Yes that's right, bent it in two places, not only along the edge but also bent the entire blade along the length so it does not fit back into the sheath all the way. Conclusion: Yes it is sharp, extremely sharp. it's a fair sword. but is not the battle ready blade I had hoped for.
Bought this after I got the Yoru Doragon Tanto. The pattern welded steel is very nice. The blade is heavy but nicely balanced. I love the simple yet elegant style of this set so the waki is on order too. This blade needed some maintenance when it arrived. The blade was dry and beginning to develop signs of rust. I cleaned it with Frog Lube and reapplied a week later and its in fine shape. It still had a wire edge from final buff so I honed the edge making it razor sharp. The tsuba was loose so had to do some shimming to tighten it up. After the tune up it was fit to fight. If you don't mind investing a little time maintaining this blade then it is worth the investment.
I was so impressed with this beautiful sword that I ordered the Tanto and the Wakizashi to have the whole set. Beautifully forged Damascus Steel is so sharp it slices paper under it's own weight. Nicely balanced with a full tang. The handle is well constructed and covered in Sting Ray skin and wrapped in high quality leather. I shopped around for a long time for just the right sword, until I found this one, and let me tell you from experience that this sword is easily worth three or four times the amount BudK is charging. To find something of comparable quality that is fully functional you can easily spend four to seven hundred dollars --or more! Don't hesitate or they will all be gone and you will kick yourself for not acting quickly!
The Yoru Doragon Katana is a very excellent sword,it is as good or better than swords that will cost much more,the blade is strong and sharp,the handle is well made from a strong heavy wood,the tang is what surprised me it is Damascus,normally hard steel is used for tangs.Damascus steel takes a great deal of time and effort to produce,they don't waist it on tangs.Overall the Yoru Doragon Katana is by far the best sword I've seen in this price range. If you use your sword you must maintain and repair it like anything else. remember you do not sharpen a sword like you would sharpen a knife,take the time and do it right. Your friend Daniel of Nebraska.
Blade is rather sharp. Not "razor sharp" by any means. And the steel is not nearly as folded as in the pictures. The habaki is marred on one side due to the saya not properly fitting. But otherwise, well balanced and a rather nice blade for the price.
No complaints about this beautiful, but d****t I bought this just right before 1 penny shipping week I could've saved like 15 bucks.
I wanted a Katana to match my Wakizashi and Tanto. This one is a perfect match. It's a beautiful blade with a simple but attractive Tsuba and fittings. I really like the leather wrapping on the handle. It gives a better feel than cotton to me. Balance is great and it feels very good in my hands. Mine has the gold dragon in the proper place for right handed edge up carry. The Minuki are properly placed for palm contact too. I am very pleased with it and highly recommend it to anyone who wants a quality sword at a reasonable price.
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