Shinwa Shirasaya Katana Sword-Damascus / Genuine Pearl
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  • Powerful hand-forged Damascus steel blade
  • Blade is sharpened to a razor's edge
  • High-polish lacquered handle
  • Coordinating scabbard with inlaid pearl dragon
  • 27" blade; 38 3/4" overall

Rare and extremely difficult to find! This collector's edition Shinwa Shirasaya offers a powerful, full-tang Damascus steel blade crafted in the traditional Shirasaya design. Each blade was meticulously heat forged and hand folded using ancient, time-honored tempering techniques that give each piece a custom, one-of-a-kind look and feel. Each one features a hand-sharpened edge and a piercing point just like those carried by warriors centuries ago.

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.

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Love it Reviewed by jon rollins on Aug 18, 2016   5 out of 5

Simply beautiful. It comes in a nice box. Has a beautiful inlay that shines rainbow colors when it catches the light just right. Solid construction. Sharp and feels sturdy and looks straight. It shipped in 3 days witth standard shipping. I must say I'm pleased with this. Also I love how the blade looks.

Reviewed by on May 28, 2016   2 out of 5

This sword is beautiful overall. The pearl dragon makes it look absolutely stunning. The box and bag it comes in are simply stunning and I was fairly pleased with the purchase. However I would like to point out that although it looks great and it isn't a super cheap sword, the sharpness is simply non-existent. This sword is not one that you would use to cut anything. For the price I paid I'm not really sure what I was expecting, however I was disappointed that it could barely pierce cardboard or even make a cut in it.

Reviewed by on Nov 27, 2015   5 out of 5

I just bought this for my wife. It is super beautiful. I am very impressed. The gift bag I got for a little extra was worth it too. Adds to the authenticity of the piece. I will do business with True Swords again! Thank you guys!

Reviewed by on Oct 25, 2015   5 out of 5

I received this sword through the grab and go. And although, of course, it was a little beat up it was still beautiful. The sword is balanced perfectly and you can tell real care went into it's crafting. Truly an amazing weapon.

Beautiful Piece Reviewed by on Jul 29, 2015   5 out of 5

This sword is a beautiful piece of art. Extremely well balanced and very sharp right out of box. For my first big sword purchase over a year ago now, by far is my favorite and most beautiful piece to add to my collection. I look forward to buying another Damascus sword in the near future!

Reviewed by Muka on Jun 25, 2015   5 out of 5

I purchased this blade about a week ago for myself and the moment I opened the box I was stunned. The elegant dragon etched case the sword itself comes in just builds the anticipation of revieling his elegant and beautiful piece. And then in the case it's perfectly wrapped in cloth. The pearl design is truly beautiful and you can't help from gently running your fingers on it for a better look. When I actually unsheathed the blade the dark color just complimented its beauty even further. There were no issues with the blade and I even gave it a routine sharpness test and it was flawless. L this is definitely not the first katana I have owned but it was my first purchase through true swords and after seeing this quality craftsmanship and impressive presentation along with fast delivery and great customer service. True swords has quickly found its place as my new source for sword purchases.

Reviewed by Dan on May 06, 2015   5 out of 5

I was not sure how much I'd like this, but I must admit I'm impressed. This sword is elegant as it is deadly, with a blade that I cut myself on almost immediately. The Scabbard, with it's dragon design, is lovely. The Damascus steel is sharper than I can honestly do justice with words. Also, just a side not, but it comes with a nice box too. Overall, great sword, both as a piece of art, and a weapon.

mislabled Reviewed by arrick on Jul 23, 2014   3 out of 5

this is a shirasaya not a nodachi. also to johnny hopper, the hole and plug are not rivets that is the hole for the meguki peg to hold the blade in place. the reason there is only one is because this is a sword to be stored. the blade is most likely glued in at the end of the tang. making a nice secure fit.

Well made. Reviewed by Steven on Jun 01, 2014   5 out of 5

Beautifully made Nodachi with nicely done pearl inlay. The came very sharp and has good balance. It claims to be full tang and from where the balance point is, it would appear to be. The blade is a very tight grained damascus.

Pearl Nodachi Reviewed by Johnny Hopper on May 05, 2014   3 out of 5

The "Pearl" inlay looks ok but does not look like real inlay. For some reason it looks fake. The Handle looks very bad. There is an unsightly hole with a brown plug through the handle. I suppose this was a bad rivet job with some filler that looks like crap and is not finished. At least they could have filled the hole well and black lacquered over it so it was not evident. The supposed MSRP on this sword was ~$500. NO F@#$*n way!! If you are looking for a real nice looking sword just to hang on the wall or make a center piece don't buy it. You will be disappointed. There are much cheaper swords that "look" better if that is all you are after. With this sort of finish work I have high doubts that the rest of the quality of the sword is much better. After I have had the time to put it to the test I will let folks know the quality on the rest of it. I also highly doubt that the handle and the scabbard are lacquered bone. It appears to me to be fiberglass but who wants to start scraping away the lacquer to prove this? Right?? Too many red flags on this sword for me. SORRY guys. Unless you understand what you are getting then don't buy it.

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