Shinwa - Midnight Blue Double-Edged Damascus Katana


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  • Double-edged Damascus steel blade
  • Deep blood groove spans blade
  • Cast dragon tsuba
  • Brass-plated menuki
  • Ray skin and cord wrapped handle
  • Hardwood lacquered sheath
  • 40-1/2" overall length

This Shinwa Midnight Blue Double-Edged katana is a guaranteed head turner for your sword collection. This handmade Japanese katana features a 28 3/4" double-edged Damascus blade that has been honed to a razor-sharp edge on both sides. But this beautiful blade isn't just all about looks, it is also full tang making it a fully functional blade!

The top-quality tsuba and menuki are brass plated for a brilliant shine and the genuine ray skin handle is wrapped in midnight blue cord in the traditional Japanese style. Includes a wooden scabbard with a piano black, high gloss lacquer finish and matching cord wrapped accents. Overall length: 40 1/2"

hand forging samurai sword blades process

About Shinwa:

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.


Customer Reviews | Average Rating: 3.57 out of 5

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Customer Reviews

Nov 07, 2015
(5 out of 5)

I do not understand the hostility towards this Shinwa Sword.......When I got it the blade was straight, scabbard was clean, handle was solid (for now). Like all double edged "damascus" swords the blade is not as solid as a single edged katana blade. This is just common sense though because of the way its manufactured (Single edged thicker / double edged thinner). For the sale price, I think its a very good buy for people who want to add a double edged sword to their collection.


Nov 05, 2015
(4 out of 5)
just got it and

it looks amazing it feels nice in my hands and even though half tang it sliced though the box like nothing. all around nice but not real damascus but for the price its the most amazing half tang blade i have ever owned 4 stars cause its not full tang


Nov 01, 2015
(3 out of 5)
i own one of these

first off these are NOT FULL Tang and also you would have to know a pretty nice black smith to get damascus steel at this price. lies and [email protected] aside its not a bad sword it does come covered in wax but thats good it keeps your blade nice while it sits in the warehouse it slices and dices but dont be expecting to have it forever if you do. in my opinon a nice buy for the price. they should stop with the full tang crap and damascus is more then a design on the blade its the blade itself.


Brandon Allen
Oct 29, 2015
(3 out of 5)
The blade is good

The blade on this sword is good but the handle is poorly constructed. The wood cracked after a few wacks at a fairly small branch.


Matthew Luzon
Sep 14, 2015
(3 out of 5)
Worth the buy, but...

Got this on one of BudK's 30% sales. For the record, this is not a katana. As a Japanese straight sword, this is better known as a "tsuguri." Along with other things in my cart, I ended up paying $50 for it. When I received the blade, it was nice, sharp, and had a good weight to it. Sheath was also well-made, also came with a nice storage bag. It has damascus patterns all over the blade, but for well under $100, it's definitely not damascus. Like the other review, the blade had a preservative wax on it, but choji oil works well in removing it. Despite being a great budget sword, I have two problem, the first being a loose tsuba upon receiving the sword. The second, after doing research, is the fact that Shinwa swords apparently glue the tang of the blade to the handle, for "added durability." This makes proper sword maintenance very difficult as you can't remove the handle very easily, making me unable to fix my tsuba issue. Also, I know that katanas can traditionally have one peg to hold everything together, but the glue also makes it difficult to verify if the sword really is full tang or not. In the meantime, I worked around my loose tsuba by wrapping floss around the tang between the tsuba and handle, a quick fix I found online. Overall, a great purchase for those who wish to purchase a first "real" sword.


May 13, 2015
(5 out of 5)
Shinwa Brand is awesome

This sword from the Shinwa manufacturer is an awesome sword for martial artists and sword collectors. The blade is Damascus you can see the patterns on the blade of the sword. The edges are all sharpened not dull. Of course it had that annoying blade preservative wax on it, it came off easy after I applied choji oil to it. If want a hand forged sword and you dont want to pay a huge amount of money, get a sword from Shinwa.


Mar 05, 2015
(2 out of 5)

sword came bent, had to straighten. poor quality, plastic and wax was everywere. Not worth the price !
Response: Please contact customer service at 800-735-3326, and we will be happy to negotiate a refund or exchange for you.


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