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Powerful hand-forged Damascus steel full-tang bladeRay skin handle with cord wrappingsIntricate cast metal menuki and tsubaCorresponding lacquered wooden scabbard 29" blade; 40 1/2" overall
This White Emperor katana sword exemplifies imperial majesty with its hand-forged, double-edged Damascus steel blade. A deep blood groove spans this oversized blade in the traditional katana design, and the hefty full-tang construction makes this powerful sword fully functional.
The cast zinc alloy tsuba and pommel add a touch of elegance to the ray skin handle. The white cord wrappings and high-polish lacquered scabbard give this katana a regal look and feel. 40-1/2" overall length; 29" blade.
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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This sword is great but the tang at the bottom of the handle is very loose where the wrap for the handle ties in. So in this respect the cord wrap comes undone easily but the blade is fantastic as well as everything else about it. 4 out of 5 from me
Badly wrapped handle put together poorly, the blade has barely any red lines and scabbard is damaged also has small discolouration on one side, gap between sword and tsuba, sold as full tang but when I look at end of handle I cannot see any metal so it's not full tangs, very poor I'd give no stars if I could, be warned no resolution for the item provided, this other review is a agent of the company to gain sales obviously
An interesting sword, its strong and durable. Unfortunately the wrap was not done very well, after 5 swings it starts to slide down. Otherwise, impressive steel work and sword potential.
I have several swords in my personal collection. (17) And of these eleven are of Japanese design. With the exception of a WW2 Japanese Army officer's sword, the replica of Michone's katana from the AMC hit show "The Walking Dead" and an early 19th century original, the other eight are all Shinwa blades purchased from BUDK.
And of my Shinwa swords, I must say that without a doubt the "White Emperor" is my favorite! The style seems to be a blend of katana and shirasaya.
I would recommend this blade to anybody looking to add a quality Damascus sword to their collection, or if you want a great sword to start your collection. It comes sharp, right outside the box.and the price is unbelievably low!
I just received, unpacked and cleaned my new Shinwa White Emperor Damascus Katana and am VERY PLEASED. I have purchased ALL of my throwing knives and axes from BudK and have never been disappointed. In fact, BudK did a V-BLOG video episode featuring my You-Tube channel = Gunny HiWay and my knife throwing skills and room. Now on to the review... 1) The sword is SHARP. VERY SHARP and the blade is straight and beautiful. 2) The sword is in perfect condition. No nicks, scratches or scuffs on either the beautiful Damascus blade(Shinogi) or the bright white, piano painted scabbard(Saya). 3) All of the fittings are tight, nicely made and well fitted. 4) The Saya fits the sword perfectly. SNUG and SECURE, but not too tight. 5) The Cord Wrap(Sageo) is well done, classic and handsome. All in All the White Emperor Damascus is a beautiful, battle-ready Katana. In conclusion, My Shinwa Damascus Katana reflects NONE of the problems posted in these comments, and has ALL of the POSITIVES! I would absolutely recommend this sword and BudK to sell and ship it to you. Carry On, Gunny HiWay Seattle, USA Ps... Thanks to Tricia, Joyce and Kimberly in Customer Service and Theresa in Shipping for making this a terrific purchase.
Not a bad sword, came a little late even thought I got the two days shipping, there were a little nick here and there on the blade, but it was sharp, and the weight to it was pretty good, so it was worth the money.
Allow me to say that this is my first Budk purchase, and I couldn't be happier. I paid the extra cash to get this Katana overnighted for my birthday and now that I get to see it in person, I'm ecstatic. The Katana is not completely full tang, but it is full tang enough to be considered battle ready, in my opinion. The saya being white with a dark blade is a very nice contrast and not what someone might expect to see. The colors of the blade look oxidized, and some of the copper colored lines wiped away when I properly cleaned it. It didn't leave any hard feeling for me though because it's not that easy to see. For someone looking for a "damascus" look and quality for a decent price, I'd go for it. Ultimately, the sword is beautiful and great for an aesthetic appearance. If aesthetics is all you need? Then buy this sword!
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