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Heat-forged Damascus steel bladeCast iron tsuba & pommelCoordinating hardwood scabbard39" overall length
We know how much you love the premium Damascus steel blades from Shinwa, and we’ve found you another treasure in the form of this handmade katana sword. The hand-forged blade features layers and layers of premium Damascus steel and is hand sharpened and honed to a razor’s edge. The cast iron tsuba and matching embellishments add elegance and old-world authenticity to this katana sword. The ray skin handle is wrapped in cord for a samurai-strong grip. A matching hardwood scabbard houses the 28” blade in style.
28” hand-forged Damascus steel blade
Hand-sharpened blade edge
Cord-wrapped ray skin handle
Matching wooden scabbard
39” overall length
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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Sword was sharp but it did not go all the way to the tsuba. Also there were blemishes on the tsuba, scabbard, and Blade.
but keep in mind that a good samurai sword used to cost as much as 1,000 spears! so therefore samurai would not go clashing blades as you've perhaps seen in movies. The perfect battle according to the samurai was the unsheathing of the sword and dispatching of the opponent in one fluid motion, with no blade contact at all.
The original construction of the samurai sword had a hard steel outside for sharpness and soft steel inside for flexibility.
Damascus steel does this same thing in that it is hard and soft steel pounded together. A story tells that this is how the Damascenes of old would construct their blades.
So if you are looking for swords to spar with I would recommend wooden weapons,but if you like to cut things up, like the people on the video, this sword performs splendiferously.