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30" Damascus steel bladeDouble edged blade with long fuller grooveGlass black lacquered hardwood and scabbard43 1/2" overall lengthPowerful full-tang construction
This Shinwa Shikomizu double edged sword has long been coveted by sword collectors as the best value in Damascus swords. Each Shinwa Shikomizu features a 30" black Damascus blade that has been hand-forged and folded to create more than 2,000 layers of deep black Damascus steel. The blade is double-edged so it cuts equally well on both sides and also boasts a long fuller groove. This full-tang sword offers a gloss black lacquered hardwood scabbard with a matching handle. 43 1/2" overall
Shinwa swords are made by hand using traditional methods in the ancient sword-making township of Lonquan. The sword-making history of this town can be traced back to the twentieth year of the Guangxu in the Qing Dynasty – exceptional sword making continues there still today. The swordsmiths of Lonquan can apprentice for up to six years before they begin to forge these functional works of art on their own.
Each Shinwa sword is hand forged at temperatures of up to 1,100 °F and continuously heated, folded, hammered and shaped before being oil quenched and then straightened. Damascus steel blades are folded as many as ten times to yield up to 2,056 layers of premium Damascus steel. After quenching the blade is then ground and hand sharpened and polished by the swordsmith on a series of wet stones. Each set of these wet stones contains a finer level of silicate particles, which produces an even sharper edge. In the final stages of this painstaking process, the tsuka is wrapped and tsuba and other fittings are added before a thin coat of oil is added to the blade to prevent corrosion.
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I just recived my sword today; beautiful black scabbard came in a red & black display box and also head a cloth wrapped around it to help prevent any damages . Upon my open and inspecting two sword I found no nicks or dents, one side was a little sharper then the other,The blood line is consistent throughout the blade on both sides . I'm extremely happy with this sword and will be getting more in the future
Heavy, sleek, and strong. I'd stake my life on it, no question. Nothing beats a Shinwa when it comes to blades!!
very plain and unique in its own way. All in all its a good collectors item.
For the people that do not know. Shinwa is BUDK, it is one of their trademarks, and they have a lot . That being said, the forge in china that makes Shinwa also makes swords for many a buyer. I have two of these and two of their Katana. I have been collecting swords and other blades for 40+ years. And in all of that time, I have seen better, but at ten times the price. The blades are not as sharp as they could be. But, they can still kill a body. If the Blade was sharp, I would have given it five stars.
Nice sword! I must admit, when I bought this I was looking for a sword stick. This is a bit large to be considered a cane of any type, but is awesome in and of itself. Is pretty much a broadsword in Japanese clothing :-).
Here's the thing; I loved this sword. The blade is strong and flexible, but I got the very tip stuck in my floor (y'know, the way you do...) and the very tip delaminated. for about .25 inch, a little foil-like bit peeled out, like the tip got cold during the last welds or it heated up too much in grinding. Made a little divot at the tip, about half the width of this very wicked slender blade. Now, I thought about grinding it back out. I liked this blade that much, and looks mean squat to me. But the folks here at BudK just jumped to replace it. Makes me feel good about BudK, so I might go with a black Damascus version with a guard and a wrapped handle next. But, I'll tell you what -- this blade is nothing to sneeze at. Since it was going back anyway, I took it to an oak pell, just to see if any other bits would fall off. Nope. Totally solid. The tip was just a fluke. Nice flex on that blade, too. Even if I just end up getting another of these double-edge nodachis, it's a sweet blade.
This is a great sword. Fits into the Saya great, and locks good enough that it won't just slip out. The edge was not that sharp to start with, but that was an easy fix. Wouldn't compare the cutting power of this to my shinken. So don't expect to do heavy cutting with it. The blade is probably an inch and a half wide or so at the base, and very thick in the center. A lot thicker/wider/ and heavier than I thought it would be. Almost comparable to some European swords. A great but for the price. And much easier maintenance than my shinken. A great quality sword that you can 'play around with' without a huge risk of breaking the blade.
Excellent quality, well balanced and sharp, this sword is well worth the price. There was a small rough spot on the edge that was easily polished out and that was the only blemish I could find. I will be recommending this product to anyone interested in a high quality sword.