The mighty dragon of lore brought to life in handcrafted sword
The perfect embodiment of the great dragon of myth and legend, Shinwa's "Imperial Dragon" Katana is big, ferocious and nothing short of awe-inspiring. It wields with the grace of a dragon in flight and has a bite as savage bite on par with any of the most infamous fire-breathing saurians of lore. But unlike Smaug, Draco or any other fabled dragon, the monstrous "Imperial Dragon" is real. Very real. And reality can be far scarier than fiction – especially when you’re on the receiving end of this potent Shinwa katana.
Sometimes the deadliest beasts are the most captivating beauties
Few swords - especially at this price can match the Imperial Dragons’s formidable cutting clout. But like all Shinwa swords, the Imperial Dragon is every bit as much a “beauty” as it is a “beast.”
A feral brute adorned in the trappings of royalty, the Imperial Dragon dons all the aesthetic hallmarks that make traditional Japanese cutlery so visually appealing, plus plenty of updated features and chic appointments that afford "the Dragon" a style all its own. Delicately textured genuine ray skin same and braided ito cloak the tsuka, beautifully complementing the distinctive cast metal tsuba.
Blade a work of art in its own right
And while many swords’ beauty and allure is concentrated at the tsuka or hilt, rarely extending onto the unexciting, largely utilitarian blade; the Imperial Dragon’s blade is teeming with visual splendor – a breathtaking wonder in its own right. Hand forged from Damascus steel, the bewitching tanto blade is a tumultuous sea of contrasting lines, waves, swirls and other mesmerizing patterns. Each line is a distinct variety of steel, hammer welded and hand folded repeatedly to yield the more than 2,000 layers in each "Dragon" 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.
Damascus steel born of heat on par with dragon's breath
To make each Imperial Dragon 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 blank and an acid etching highlights vivid contrasts in the layers. And the slow, laborious process itself it just the beginning!
Swordcraft artistry only seasoned hands 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 Imperial Dragon blade. Furthermore, like a steel snowflake or fingerprint, the patterning on no two is exactly alike.
Saya's mother of pearl dragon inlay glints and shimmers like rare opal
The blade's visually electrifying beauty is matched only by the exquisitely adorned hand-lacquered saya. Paying homage to its namesake, a stately Eastern dragon lithely dances across the saya in a spectacularly detailed mother of pearl inlay. Like a fine opal, the mother of pearl glints and shimmers with shades of azure, emerald, ruby and pearl. The hand painted sun and cloud accents that encircle the central dragon impart the feel of a traditional Japanese watercolor illustration. It's the kind of otherworldly allure that demands to be shown off - in a collection, mounted on the wall, on a mantle or any other space. And when the ever-fierce Imperial Dragon Katana makes a demand, one best take heed!
Value as breathtaking as the sword itself
From beauty to power to hand craftsmanship, Shinwa's Imperial Dragon has everything the serious swordsman and/or collector looks for in a top-shelf katana. Indeed, the "Dragon" casts a far-reaching shadow that obscures other swords, making them seem comparatively dull and lifeless. But you won't pay close to "top-shelf" prices for this exceptional handmade Damascus steel masterwork! The Imperial Dragon represents one of the best values on the fine sword market, and once you wield it once, you'll never want to put it down. Rare bladed gems like this don't come around often, so don't deny yourself the sword experience of a lifetime - add the "Imperial Dragon" to your sword collection today!