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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Customer Reviews | Average Rating: 4.39 out of 5
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Brett Schoenberger
Oct 24, 2019
(5 out of 5)
Love it

I love this sword it's heavy duty. handle and blade are very well designed and crafted. I love the wicked looking blade and the sturdiness when you swing.


Sep 12, 2019
(5 out of 5)

Got this from another site, but had to say, Shinwa has not disappointed. Been a while since I've worked out, and this blade is totally worth rebuilding the forearms. Beautifully crafted, VERY nice edge, exquisite balance. I will be getting more!


Sep 02, 2019
(5 out of 5)
Very pleased

Not a collector of long blades. Have dozens of high end customs, and automatic knives. Ran across this sword and the Damascus grabbed my eye. Ive got pocket knives that dwarf this in price, so didn't expect allot. Will say, the edge felt good, the damascus looks very nice, the coating is a nice touch. While the craftsmanship has flaws, I'm pleased. I see no practical use for it, outside of being something neat to have. Might buy one of every color to put with it. Give em to the son when he gets a little older.


Jun 09, 2019
(5 out of 5)
Shinwa black knight

Usually don't comment, never have unless I was unhappy. But the sword I received was excellent tho not razor sharp and I dought battle ready but was tight and straight with a decent so for the price I highly recommend it's a nice show piece and very happy with the purchase. Now I want a battle ready full tang T10 katana! Lol


Jun 08, 2019
(4 out of 5)
Great blade

First off, I purchased this sword on sale. In doing so, I didn't expect this to be a perfect sword by any means; however, I am extremely impressed with what I got versus amount spent. The sword came decently sharp, and the colors look amazing. Unfortunately there is a splotch where it looks like the black/red dyes were worn away or somehow never got stained and the reds aren't nearly as vibrant as I was hoping. I also clean my own blades and handle my own maintenance and usually redo the oil on the blade when I get it since you never know how long it's been sitting. In doing so I did notice my rice cloth seems to pull a miniscule amount of the red off when applying a new layer of oil from the official Shinwa care kit...although that's a little concerning, it didn't seem to make a noticeable difference to the blade, and it still is an excellent show piece that keeps turning heads!


Ilir Taganovic
Jun 03, 2019
(5 out of 5)
Just amazing

First ever katana and I could not be happier. It’s solid, has amazing weight too it, looks soooo good. Not even exaggerating this katana is just beautiful. So happy with the results. It needs a good cleaning and polish but that’s okay not a big deal at all. Blade is sharp as well be careful.!


Todd Geyer
May 18, 2019
(5 out of 5)
Decent blade

Looks great! Very nice display piece! Great detail in the blade itself


Apr 26, 2019
(5 out of 5)
Husband loves it! Gift for his birthday.

Heavy and sharp. It is on display right now, he doesn't want to use's too beautiful!!! Highly recommended for the sword lover. It is meticulous.


Zack Mosher
Mar 14, 2019
(4 out of 5)
Great with few issues

My biggest problem with the sword would be the sheath every time you put it back in than take it out it gets Glue/wood shaving on the blade but that’s easy to wipe off other than that it is a great build thank you BudK can’t beat the price


Dec 14, 2018
(5 out of 5)
Great Sword

Fine crafted sword. It came in sharp and cut through a couple of melons for practice. It does have a light brown, orange residue while cleaning, but shines back up beautifully.


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