Shinwa Imperial Zatoichi Sword Black Damascus – 2000 Layers, 40-3/4" Ov.


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  • 28" Black Damascus steel blade
  • Traditional handle wrap of genuine ray skin and nylon cordage
  • Intricately detailed cast metal menuki and tsuba
  • Powerful full-tang construction
  • 40 3/4" overall length

The master sword smiths at Shinwa have done it again with this captivating Shinwa Imperial Zatoichi sword featuring a thick 28" Damascus steel blade that has been meticulously heat forged and hand folded to deliver 2000 powerful layers of cutting steel. The full-tang construction makes this Samurai masterpiece sturdy and built to last, and it truly lives up to its proud Zatoichi heritage.

The oversized handle features genuine ray skin construction that is graciously wrapped in heavy decorative cording. Custom embellishments like the cast zinc alloy habaki, tsuba and pommel add even more authenticity to this imperial sword, ensuring that it will be a prized treasure of true sword collectors. A coordinating hardwood scabbard has been hand lacquered to house this massive blade in authentic style. Measures 40-3/4" overall.

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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Customer Reviews | Average Rating: 3.86 out of 5

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Customer Reviews

Aj Holmes
May 26, 2017
(2 out of 5)

this sword makes a beautiful showpiece but that's it. I've been collecting cutlery for about 12 years now I purchased this sword under the impression that it was battle ready and real Damascus. I received the sword and noticed a rattle in the hilt so I contacted budk and they replaced it without any hassle. Well when the replacement came it too had a rattle in the hilt. I wouldn't trust my life to this sword however it does make a very nice overpriced piece of home/office decor


Dec 25, 2016
(5 out of 5)
Very satisfied

I got this sword for christmas and it looks and feels great. This is my second sword and i love it.


Shane Dearing
Dec 22, 2015
(5 out of 5)
Very Satisfied!

This was my first sword purchase, I'm very impressed with the product I received. The blade is just like what was pictured, very sturdy, nothing feels loose or wobbly, I'm no expert on swords, but this one looks and feels very well made. I'm very glad that I made the purchase!


jamie kulff
Feb 27, 2015
(2 out of 5)

I got my sword today and was not impressed the color of the blade Was not the same as the picture the guard is loose wiggly loose. The rap on the handle is poor I can see the wood in two spots. The sheath falls off when I pick up the sword not the quality I expected.


Dec 25, 2014
(5 out of 5)
Shinwa Zatoichi Black Sword Damascus

This is the best sword I have out of 4 I have purchased. It is indeed BATTLE READY. The Damascus steel blade is razor sharp on both sides of the blade. It is well balanced and blade is flexible yet is as sturdy as a single long ingot of steel, even after several long training sessions. It has a deep, long blood groove on both sides of the bald. It is elegantly colored, the scabbard holds the blade well without interfering with a very smooth draw. You can tell that it is indeed hand made as opposed to being pressed out en mass in a factory. It is a very good sword made better by having a very reasonable price. I strongly recommend this sword to anyone who wants a good, battle ready sword.


Daniel of Nebraska
Aug 20, 2013
(5 out of 5)
The Best Zatoichi Yet Seen

This is the strongest and sturdiest Zatoichi I've ever had the pleasure to swing, the blade is beautiful the steel thick with a wide blood groove and double edged with a clip point as it should be the hilt is quite nice with cotton wrap on the handle. The sword looks straight but it truly has a slight curve a great buy, you won't find a more beautiful fully functional sword anywhere especially a Zatoichi. Every swordsman should have one, it flies practically on it's own. Thank you. Daniel of Nebraska.


Jan 29, 2011
(3 out of 5)
Zatoichi Black Damascus Sword

It is a great looking sword, but it has a few imperfections. When I got it, it looked and felt great, but after a few training sessions the handle started to rattle. I love the sword and what it represents, but I don't think that it was made to be battle ready. Don't get me wrong, it looks great on the wall.


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