Pays homage to tradition but yields a sword experience like no other
Shikoto's “Shikyo" Katana is both savagely beautiful and beautifully savage - a rare fusion of exquisite visual allure and raw power. It bears the hallmarks of swords priced orders of magnitude higher - expert design, precision engineering, quality steel, distinctive appointments and more. But the Shikyo needn't be - nay, can't be - compared to any other sword, as it boasts features you won't find anywhere else, as well as a wielding experience and charm all its own. It's a veritable swordcraft goldmine, never ceasing to yield rich sword-wielding experiences from the moment you first grasp the rustic leather-bound tsuka to your inaugural cut and every time you brandish it beyond.
Made of blood, sweat, tears, and premium 1045 carbon steel
The heart, soul and teeth of the Shikyo is its formidable tanto blade. Shikoto's master smiths diligently hand forge each one from premium 1045 high carbon steel, using many of the same ingenious, time honored techniques and the same painstaking attention to detail employed by their ancient forebears. Making a Shikyo blade is a slow, laborious process, but examine this steel masterwork closely or - better still, experience it in action - and you'll agree it's well worth the extra time and effort. With its exquisite finishing accents, however, a glance is all it takes to realize the Shikyo blade is truly special - set apart from all other blades, even the most expensive.
Seven Bushido virtues. Only one Shikyo.
Distinctive kanji are engraved just below the habaki, translating to "rectitude, courage, benevolence, respect, honesty, honor and loyalty." These represent the "Seven Virtues" of the Bushido Code. Twin fullers run along the spine, adding a sense of class and visual charm. Just as 16th century Japanese swordsmiths marked their blade tangs with a unique signature, the Shikyo blade's tang bears an identifying insignia exclusive to Shikoto blades - ensuring authenticity and exacting quality standards. It's a stately finishing touch, but you don't need any mark to assure you of the Shikyo’s potency and quality; experience it for yourself, and you’ll know beyond a shadow of doubt.
Proven time and again, but the most important test is the one you administer
Developed with the serious swordsman in mind, the Shikyo slices cleanly and effortlessly through rolled tatami mats, thick bamboo and other tameshigi. Shinwa’s exceptional tempering truly proves its worth in trials like these, as it allows the Shikyo to retain its carefully honed, razor sharp edge through even extended cutting sessions. Furthermore, the Shikyo’s weight is shrewdly distributed to maximize swinging momentum and power, blow after devastating blow. This impeccable balance also improves control and responsiveness, allowing for greater agility and flexibility in combat.
“Barbarian-chic” mashup of rustic leather and rugged iron
The delicately textured genuine ray skin same and distinctive leather ito that cloak the tsuka afford a comfortable, no-slip grip that not only furthers the Shikyo’s superb feel; it also enhances its distinctive visual appeal, as well. Leather affords an intriguing contrast to the fabric cord that typically encircles traditional tsukas. Flawlessly cast from iron like Katana of ages past, the tsuba and kashira both sublimely offset the rustic leather. Both are embellished with wicked-chic reliefs comprised of sleek, interlocking lines and other eye-catching patterns. A classic brass menuki is nestled between leather ito and ray skin same – a gleaming counterpoint to the matte iron and hushed hues that make up the tsuka.
"Shikyo" translates to “death,” but it’s built to last multiple lifetimes
The Shikyo 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 Shikoto's Shikyo 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! This heirloom-quality masterwork is built to be treasured by generations of your descendants - your legacy preserved in hand forged steel.