Explore the dark, ever-mysterious depths of the "Abyss"
Shadowy and mysterious, yet clearly capable, Shinwa’s “Abyss” Katana is both a black pit of despair and a wellspring of sword-wielding joy; it just depends on which end you’re facing. And despite its grim hues, the Abyss 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 double-edged blade hand forged from black Damascus steel.
Darkness with an edge – two edges, to be precise
More than “muscle,” the capable full tang blade is the veritable “dark soul” of the Abyss, 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.”
Open your mind to dark-yet-thrilling new bladecraft possibilities
The Abyss’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 Abyss 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 Abyss 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 Abyss blade.
Experience Damascus steel…after dark
As if that weren’t enough, Shinwa adds its own innovative modern twist to the Abyss 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 Abyss is one of a relative few to feature it. Furthermore, like a steel snowflake or fingerprint, the patterning on no two Abyss blades are exactly alike.
A dark sword that shines brighter than the rest
Even the most sumptuously adorned, expensive “carbon steel” sword can’t match the shadowy allure of Shinwa’s double-edged dark wonder: the Abyss Katana. Like a seaside lighthouse in photonegative, the deep, dark Abyss is a brilliant shining beacon of originality and inventiveness in a sea of ordinary, uninspired swords. The Abyss 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 Abyss Katana for yourself? No matter how you use it, with proper care you can enjoy the Abyss 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!