Shinwa Royal Emperor Handmade Katana / Samurai Sword - Hand Forged Damascus Steel, Hamon - Razor Sharp, Full Tang - Fully Functional, Ninja Tough - Genuine Ray Skin, Cord Wrap, Custom Tsuba


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  • Genuine masterpiece of traditional Japanese swordcraft, handmade by seasoned artisans with meticulous attention to detail
  • Hand-forged full tang 29 1/2" Damascus steel blade boasts both beauty and brawn; impossibly sharp edge, tough spine; display-worthy allure, yet powerful enough for any real-world cutting task
  • Master swordsmiths painstakingly and repeatedly fire, fold, hammer-weld multiple high carbon steel varieties to yield Damascus steel's breathtaking layering; acid etching highlights vivid contrasts
  • Hardwood tsuka cloaked in delicately textured white ray skin same and black ito; traditional wooden mekugi provide stability, classic touch; flawlessly cast tsuba, kashira, menuki
  • Coordinating black hardwood scabbard gingerly hand-lacquered, polished to stately gloss; also includes velvet sword bag, sword care instructions
  • Overall length: 43 1/4" - the quintessential full-sized Japanese samurai sword

A savage beast in the elegant robes of royalty
It may be called "Royal Emperor," but wield this powerful katana just once and you'll discover the soul of a savage lurking beneath the fanciful ornamentation and elegant facade. Like a wild, raging beast in the robes of a noble shogun, the Royal Emperor is indeed both a weapon and a work of art - from kashira to kissaki. Nothing epitomizes this better than the exceedingly powerful yet breathtakingly beautiful Damascus steel blade.

Damascus steel yields extraordinary beauty, brutal potency
A raging steel river of contrasting lines and distinctive patterning, the blade is no doubt a sight to behold. But this striking figure is more than just skin-deep, as each line represents a distinct layer of steel that forms the underlying fabric of the Royal Emperor blade. The result is a blade that's sharp and tough enough to cleave bamboo, rolled tatami mats and perform other tameshigiri trials, yet eye-catching and beautiful enough to display. Such visual appeal and capability could only be wrought by seasoned hands. Accordingly, each Royal Emperor blade is hand forged, using an ancient, time honored technique.

Power and majesty only seasoned hands could produce
One of Shinwa's master swordsmiths fires a stack of steel strips - each a different alloy - in a white-hot forge until the metal glows cherry red. 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 time and again 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!

Made of blood, sweat, tears and Damascus steel
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 Royal Emperor blade, but lay eyes on it just once, and you’ll know it was well worth the trouble. Furthermore, like a steel snowflake or fingerprint, the patterning on no two Royal Emperor blades is exactly alike.

A lasting, hand forged legacy for the heirs to your own "throne"
The surprisingly affordable Royal Emperor has proven itself time and again, and it holds its own against any of today's most 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 Shinwa's Royal Emperor Katana for yourself? No matter how you use it, with proper care you can enjoy it for a lifetime. Then pass it down to your children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren! The Royal Emperor is heirloom-quality and built to be treasured by generations of your descendants; it’s your legacy preserved in hand forged Damascus steel!

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Customer Reviews | Average Rating: 3.50 out of 5
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Feb 03, 2018
(3 out of 5)
nice enough

After receiving the sword and taking a good look at it.., it is definitely not a show case sword. They had it marked on sale for $129.00 from $249.00 but I actually got it for half that because it was on special..., 2 for 1. So for what I paid for it was/is fair. I am glad that I did not pay more for it because the Harmon seems to be just grind marks as apposed to clay tempered. As far as battle ready..., The design looks correct and the weight is light but I am not sure it is actually folded or quenched properly...., I may take it out and due some light gardening to see how it holds up to some small green branches. It comes sharp enough to slice but the edge is a little dull to touch and is NO where close to RAZOR sharp. Again I paid a fair price it but I would be really dis appointed if I had paid more for them.


Randall Archer
Dec 03, 2016
(4 out of 5)
NOT the showcased blade advertised

I got mine (2) on sale on Black Friday. Well, they are all great, but they don't have the luster of the one being shown. The Damascus isn't dark and contrasting against the blade. Aside from that, I'm happy.


Nathan Cantu
Mar 24, 2016
(3 out of 5)
It's decent

I just got this the other day finally after getting it for cheap. I can say the blade is ok, not entire sharp but it is a decent blade, for the price of course. The rest of it is slightly disappointing yet, I'm not really surpirsed by it. You're really just buying the blade. The fake ray skin and nylon cording are cheap, but honestly with a good sharpen and polish, and buying a better quality handle would make the sword look wonderful. You get what you pay for I suppose, so I'd say it's decent.


Andrew Crombach
Mar 23, 2016
(1 out of 5)
Very Disappointed

I got this sword on sale and the blade was very nice; however, not very sharp (couldn't even get a clean cut through an orange). The tsuba and the mounting kit were VERY loose ( i was nervous to even give it a decent swing at something) and the handle wiggled. The rayskin wrapped only part of the handle and you could clearly see the wood of the handle, not only that but the habaki had grind marks all on it. The blade was very strong and flexible, but the handle and everything else were crap making it not even show worthy to put on a stand. I am very disappointed by this sword and I wouldn't recommend it by any means even if it's on sale.
Response: We apologize for the condition of the product you received. This is unacceptable and we'd like to make it up to you. Please contact customer service at 866-246-7164 and we will refund you the purchase and shipping amount or we could send you a replacement if you'd prefer. We are truly sorry for this inconvenience. Sincerely, BUDK Customer Service


Andrew Langan
Feb 25, 2016
(5 out of 5)
Great sword for the price

The hardware on this sword is good and sturdy with no rattle, but not fancy. You are mostly paying for the blade, which is exquisite. It is plenty sharp out of the box, strong and flexible. This is a great no frills katana.


Eliyah Cole
Nov 15, 2015
(5 out of 5)

not only is this sword extremely strong and durable, but is also razor sharp and looks beautiful.


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