Shinwa Abyss Handmade Katana / Samurai Sword - Double-Edged; Hand Forged Black Damascus Steel - Razor Sharp, Full Tang - Fully Functional, Battle Ready, Ninja Sleek - Ray Skin, Cord , Dragon Tsuba
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  • There's beauty in even the darkest "Abyss" - beautiful yet formidable, vibrant yet dark, the Abyss Katana is spectacular fusion of breathtaking contrasts
  • Double-edged, full tang 30" black Damascus steel blade, hand forged by Shinwa's master swordsmiths using proven, centuries-old technique; more than 1,000 distinct layers
  • Innovative, exclusive process puts “black” in “black Damascus” – result is blade with brooding dark beauty without equal
  • Tsuka wrapped in genuine ray skin, classic black ito; offset by brilliant brass dragon menuki; traditional wooden mekugi
  • Unique, flawlessly cast tsuba features breathtaking relief design that depicts menacing dragon in extraordinary detail
  • Overall length: 43" - the quintessential full-sized samurai sword

Explore the dark, ever-mysterious depths of the "Abyss"
Shadowy and mysterious, yet clearly capable, Shinwa’s “Abyss” Katana is both a black pit of despair and a wellspring of sword-wielding joy; it just depends on which end you’re facing. And despite its grim hues, the Abyss is nothing if not vibrant and alluring; it’s teeming with distinctive appointments and captivating accents – a true masterwork of contemporary sword design. But behind this stylishly unsettling façade lurks a downright frightening beast – a formidable double-edged blade hand forged from black Damascus steel.

Darkness with an edge – two edges, to be precise
More than “muscle,” the capable full tang blade is the veritable “dark soul” of the Abyss, and no less than hand forged bladecraft at its height. It slices effortlessly through even the most challenging materials, retaining its fine edge through even the most brutal trials. Breathtaking, downright bewitching and truly unique, the blade’s beauty is every bit as keen as the carefully honed, razor sharp edge. It pierces the depths of your imagination - opening it to wondrous new metallurgical possibilities, while slashing apart all your preconceived notions of what makes Damascus steel, “Damascus steel.”

Open your mind to dark-yet-thrilling new bladecraft possibilities
The Abyss’s distinctive black Damascus steel is a tumultuous sea of contrasting lines, waves, swirls and other mesmerizing patterns, all cloaked in a shadowy dark hue. Each line is a distinct variety of steel, hammer welded and hand folded repeatedly to yield the thousands of layers in each Abyss blade. The unique metalsmithing technique’s roots stretch back to the Middle Ages, and today it’s still painstakingly performed by seasoned hands – no automation, no mechanization. To make each Abyss blade, a Shinwa master swordsmith fires a stack of steel blanks - each piece a different alloy - in a white-hot forge until the metal glows red hot. He then removes the stack and hammers it until it’s around half as thick as the original. Then he folds the metal onto itself lengthwise and hammers each half together. The process is meticulously repeated – hundreds of times in some cases – until the desired layering effect is achieved, at which point a final quenching strengthens the resulting blade, while an acid treatment highlights vivid contrasts in the layers. And the slow, laborious process itself it just the beginning!

Unique allure only a seasoned swordsmith could produce
In order to achieve sufficiently dramatic contrasts, Shinwa’s master smiths must expertly select an appropriate combination of steel alloys of varying color, luminescence and other visual qualities. For the sake of strength, resilience and countless additional blade factors, the smiths must also must consider each alloy’s distinct melting point, proper stacking order, forge temperature and myriad other variables. Simply put, an unbelievable quantity of blood, sweat and tears goes into every Abyss blade.

Experience Damascus steel…after dark
As if that weren’t enough, Shinwa adds its own innovative modern twist to the Abyss blade - an exclusive, closely guarded secret process that imparts that sinister dark veil; putting the “black” in black Damascus, so to speak. Rich amber lines swirl over a deep black void like trails of blood flowing down a blackwater river. It's Damascus steel...after dark. And of all the world’s swords, Shinwa’s Abyss is one of a relative few to feature it. Furthermore, like a steel snowflake or fingerprint, the patterning on no two Abyss blades are exactly alike.

A dark sword that shines brighter than the rest
Even the most sumptuously adorned, expensive “carbon steel” sword can’t match the shadowy allure of Shinwa’s double-edged dark wonder: the Abyss Katana. Like a seaside lighthouse in photonegative, the deep, dark Abyss is a brilliant shining beacon of originality and inventiveness in a sea of ordinary, uninspired swords. The Abyss has proven itself time and again, and it holds its own against far more 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 the ever-impressive Abyss Katana for yourself? No matter how you use it, with proper care you can enjoy the Abyss for a lifetime, then pass the set down to your children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren! This heirloom-quality katana is built to be treasured by generations of your descendants - your legacy preserved in hand forged black Damascus steel!

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i love the sword Reviewed by Timothy De La Rosa on Dec 26, 2014   5 out of 5

I am happy with the sword I cut throw thick bamboo and it still holds its edge so I recommend that do your homework on how to take care of a katana and warning its very sharp I already cut myself cleaning it!

Wow 2 for the price of 1 Reviewed by Paul on Dec 22, 2014   5 out of 5

Wow been waiting to get this one and it was a bogo . I couldn't believe it . I was so amazed when they got here they even came in their own decorative boxes . So Beautiful and sharp . I couldn't have made a better choice especially for the price . I actually now have bought 5 Shinwa swords now and I am completely happy whith them all .

Very Sharp and Pretty Reviewed by Frank Hobson on Oct 25, 2014   5 out of 5

I bought this I found the quality excellent, I have read some of the other reviews that gave 1 or 2, I have never owned a 10,000 dollar sword but this one feels like a million bucks, the handle has ray skin which give a good hand feel. Blade very good looking, I gave a hard wack at a bale of hay to see if it would break, I think with this blade if your strong you definitely could cut a person or animal in two. for the price, hard to beat

Not sharp? Reviewed by Kim on Aug 29, 2014   2 out of 5

Dual, Dual. Razor sharp? I had to grind on wheel and scratch up etching to get slight edge

Not Damascus Reviewed by Robert on Jan 27, 2014   1 out of 5

What a disapointment. Took it out of the box and case. What a beautiful sword. Very sharp. A few weeks later, I checked the spring in the metal of this sword. I held carefully one end and the other, expecting the sword to return to it's true shape. Damascus? Not a chance! Very disapointed.

Not a Katana Reviewed by Nick A. on Dec 26, 2013   2 out of 5

The sword is beautiful and well crafted. My wife bought this for me as a gift to practice kendo. The only reason I give it two stars is because I debate that this is not a katana as it claims. This weapon is double-edged and straight while a katana by description has a single edged, curved blade. This more closely resembles a ninjatō.

Nice, but.. Reviewed by Isaiah on May 23, 2013   3 out of 5

Really nice, but the blade is more brown then black, almost looks like wood.. There are spots of glue on the guard, and there is a loose peg covered with glue residue on the hilt.. But a side from that I still really like it.

Beautiful sword Reviewed by Mel Hixson on Mar 30, 2013   5 out of 5

Purchased this sword for a vacant spot I had on a display stand. Thought I might as well get a piece that was also functional. Arrived quickly and in good order in a nice bag and display box. The sword is a beautiful work of art and much prettier than I expected for the reasonable price. It's sharp and well balanced but it's much too nice looking to go out and chop stuff with it. The Damascus steel with the dark black and orange tones is awesome to look at and looks as though it would definitely do a job on a target but this type of Damascus might be a bit risky to swing at any kind of medium or hard target. Overall, all the fittings are good looking, tight and seem solid, it will make a fine display, and I'm very pleased with my purchase.

Black Fire Reviewed by Nickolas Arnold on Jan 20, 2013   5 out of 5

I am a practicing martial artist and instructor. I am 3rd Dan in Ninjutsu, and I specialize in the sword. I have had many, many so called "battle ready" blades, and have spent a pretty penny on them all. I have NEVER held a more perfect weapon in my hands. The balance is unreal, it is light as a feather in my hand, and is has cut everything I've taken a swing at. In my opinion,(and I do know my blades) this is one of the best Swords ever forged. Thank you Shinwa, and thank you BUDK!!!!

Initial impession Reviewed by B on Oct 31, 2012   3 out of 5

The sword I received is a little flimsy, but I think I can fix it once I disassemble it. The sword I received was also completely dull, so I will have to sharpen the "f" out of it before I start whacking things with it.

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