Shinwa - Bamboo Stick Shirasaya Sword


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  • Powerful carbon steel blade
  • Heavy wood handle with coordinating scabbard
  • Look of a single piece of wood when closed
  • Measures 41" overall

As beautiful as it is deadly! A cross between Zatoichi and Shirasaya styles, this samurai sword has been carved to look like a bamboo walking cane. An attractive brass handle ornament completes the piece.

The hardwood handle and scabbard have a matching bamboo color finish and hand carved accents. This piece is designed to look like a solid cane when sheathed.

Other features include the sharpened 1045 carbon steel blade, brass fittings, full tang construction, and a single bamboo peg as is traditional for shirasaya swords. Measurements: 30 in. blade, 41 in. 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: 4.50 out of 5

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Sep 12, 2016
(5 out of 5)
The bamboo katana

It was priced at $110 retail and on sale for $50 so I honestly did not expect much, especially after seeing so many other poorly constructed katana at a $100-$150 price range. I was pleasantly surprised. The katana had a good heft and there was absolutely no rattle or wiggle in the whole length of it. Such looseness is a hallmark of cheap katanas. In all knives and swords there is a fit and finish rating. For this katana the fit, the degree to which all parts meet and are mated, was very good. I would give it a B+. The finish, of course, is less. There are light grind marks and there is no mirror finish. The Habaki is ok but nothing but functional. That is why I bought it. I wanted something to use as a bokken for training and as a training device to practice positions and strokes. Rod Norman


Aug 26, 2016
(5 out of 5)

It looks absolutely beautiful


Skyler Polk
Aug 18, 2016
(5 out of 5)
Great Buy!!

After scowering the internet for hours wondering if i was going to be dissapointed or not. I took a gamble and bought it at the close out price(amazing deal!) when it got here today. I looked at it and admired the beauty before i opened it. The blade is extremely sharp and i have no complaints other than the common trueswords signature "weird mucky stuff on the blade" a couple wipes off with a paper towel and it shows the real beauty of the blade!!


Allen Margo
Aug 07, 2016
(4 out of 5)
nice for the price

as stated before, the handle is rather wide and not comfortable to grip, but that is the only complaint I have on this sword. it's solidly made and very appealing to the eye, if only it didn't feel so cumbersome in my hands I would be totally thrilled with it. if you have large hands and a regular katana feels too small for your grip, then this is your sword.


Oct 01, 2014
(4 out of 5)
Great Blade, but...

An extremely nice blade but the handle is too wide for me not sure if I have small hands or if other people have had this problem. Still a nice blade though and the one I received had a nice looking finish. Good light cutter so I won't ruin my Hanwei swords :D.


Jul 09, 2014
(4 out of 5)
Good sword but...

Nice sword but the fit and finish work on the wood parts is somewhat sloppy looking.


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