Shinwa Dragon Lord Handmade Katana / Samurai Sword - Double Edged; Hand Forged Damascus Steel, 1,000+ Layers - Distinctive Custom Dragon Tsuba - Genuine Ray Skin - Functional, Battle Ready, Full Tang
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  • Beauty with an edge - two edges, to be precise; Dragon Lord is double-edged masterwork of traditional Japanese swordcraft, tailored to modern swordsmen
  • Double edged, full tang 28 1/2" Damascus steel blade - expertly hand forged by seasoned swordsmiths using proven, centuries-old technique
  • Blade boasts more than 1,000 distinct layers of high carbon steel – a sea of contrasting lines, waves, ripples, swirls and other spellbinding patterning
  • Impeccably cast tsuba with breathtaking three dimensional dragon design; fluid lines, bold relief, extraordinary fine detail
  • Hardwood tsuka wrapped in faux ray skin same, classic blue ito; traditional mekugi
  • Hand lacquered wooden saya protects blade, adds style to ensemble; custom designed for double edged Dragon Lord
  • Overall length: 41 1/2" - the quintessential full-sized Japanese samurai sword; powerful yet easy to wield



Lord of Dragons, lord of swords
Shinwa's Dragon Lord Katana represents handcrafted beauty with an edge - times two. Though this Damascus steel wonder pays homage to Japan’s ancient swordcraft tradition in overall form and performance, Shinwa developed the double-edged "Dragon Lord" with today’s serious swordsman in mind. Master smiths painstakingly hand forge every savagely pointed blade, and seasoned sword artisans carefully handcraft each tsuka and saya. From vigorously hammering the molten blade steel to gingerly wrapping faux ray skin and cord around the tsuka, every step in the Dragon Lord's construction receives the utmost care and precise attention to detail.

Double-edged masterwork in hand forged steel
Some of the world's - and indeed history's - most revered, time-tested techniques are employed, and every material meets or exceeds stringent quality standards. A quintessential example is the Dragon Lord's eye-catching Damascus steel tanto blade, which teems with potency and visual splendor – a spectacular wonder in its own right with its contrasting lines, waves, swirls and other mesmerizing patterns. Each line is a distinct variety of steel, hammer welded and folded repeatedly to yield the thousands of layers in each Dragon Lord blade. The unique metalsmithing technique’s roots stretch back to the Middle Ages, and today it’s still painstakingly performed by seasoned hands, unsullied by soulless automation and disconnected mechanization.

Ancient forging technique yields distinctly modern katana
In a nutshell, a master Shinwa swordsmith from the ancient sword-making village of Longquan fires a stack of steel strips - each a different alloy - in a white-hot forge until the metal glows cherry red. 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 until the desired layering effect is achieved, at which point a final quenching strengthens the resulting blade blank and an acid etching highlights vivid contrasts in the layers. And the slow, laborious process itself it just the beginning!

Swordcraft artistry only a seasoned hand 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 Dragon Lord blade, but lay eyes on it just once, and you’ll know it was well worth the trouble. Furthermore, like a steel snowflake or fingerprint, the patterning on no two Dragon Lord blades is exactly alike.

Display worthy beauty, battlefield-worthy capability and strength
But the Dragon Lord is so much more than a pretty face. More like a “wild beast decked out in regal robes,” the Dragon Lord’s stout tanto blade slices cleanly and effortlessly through rolled tatami mats, thick bamboo and other tameshigiri standards, retaining its razor sharp edge through it all. Its twin edges culminate with a savage point that boasts incredible penetrating power, as well. The Dragon Lord'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. The genuine ray skin and classic ito that encircles the tsuka affords a comfortable, no-slip grip, further enhancing the Dragon Lord’s superb feel. Flawlessly cast, the tsuba features a breathtaking dragon design.

Enduring quality and allure, generation after generation
The Dragon Lord 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 Shinwa's Dragon Lord 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! The Dragon Lord is heirloom-quality and built to be treasured by generations of your descendants - your legacy preserved in hand forged Damascus steel.


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Martial Artist Reviewed by on Jul 01, 2017   4 out of 5

This is a very well made sword for the price. I placed the cardboard box it came in up with no support and sliced right through the whole thing. I can tell from the weight and feel of the sword it's not a cheep show sword, but it's not a battle ready sword either. For the price I payed I give it a thumbs up. I could not find this style sword for sale anywhere on the internet. I did find one flaw with mine. The blade doesn't line up completely straight with the handle, now the average person most likely cant tell but I have handled many weapons. It may only be a few degrees but again I'm just pointing it out, not complaining. For a sword under $450 you have no right to point out the little imperfections. All the bad reviews on this sword are from people who treat this sword like it's a $500 sword. I've been a weapons specialist for the majority of my life and for the money this is a good purchase. I might even buy another one just to see if it is lined up with the handle 100%. Remember if you want to complain about craftsmanship you need to spend at least $300.



a real smiths rev. Reviewed by on Aug 05, 2015   5 out of 5

I got this blade form budk and I must say its awesome for the price. needs more tang.



pretty good Reviewed by Tiffany Thompson on Jul 29, 2015   3 out of 5

well im her husband lol js.. I got this beautiful peace of art, when I did my tests it mostly was successful. I got cleanly through milk jugs, bottles, ex. But unfortunately the Damascus well, it is just a coating over the blade. I struck a peace of wood to see if there was any sort of warping, and it held strong, but the blade did have a bit of scratches over the surface that showed me it wasn't true Damascus. disappointment of course but I am very happy with the easy buy. if you're looking for a battle ready sward make sure its 1060 carbon, or true Damascus. thank you



Very Nice Sword Reviewed by Daniel Moore on Jan 13, 2015   4 out of 5

A very nice sword in the Chinese/Korean tradition. I would not call it a Katana but that is a minor point. The display box is nice to look at but not the strongest. You pay for what you get. The blade is nice and just sharp enough for this design. It only has one peg rather than two that is found on most full-tanged Katana like swords. The Damascus steel look is well done on the blade. Great balance. Fits the scabbard firmly with no rattle.



Impressed Reviewed by Ray on Dec 24, 2014   5 out of 5

just got mine and I'm very happy with what I have. I've read the reviews both good and bad and after receiving mine I must agree with all in favor of this blade. it's well made and very sturdy. While this sword is not actually a true katana, I'm very happy with it and will recommend Shinwa products to anyone looking for a good blade



Do not Believe the bad Reviews Reviewed by Andrew on Jun 09, 2014   5 out of 5

Was on the ropes about this with all of the bad reviews, Bit the bullet and could not be happier with my purchase. Sword looked great out of the box, small amount of wax on the blade from the scabbard. Blade was not razor sharp out of the box, but it was decent. I hit the blade with my stone for no more than 5 min, filled a milk jug and headed outside. Was able to pierce the jug with a one handed thrust that did not move the jug. Lined up for my slash and it cut the jug cleanly in half again with out moving the jug. I would recommend this sword to anyone and i plan on picking up another Shinwa sword. Take the other reviews with a grain of salt, i suspect the people who have had trouble with shinwa products are fans of the Walking Dead and out swinging this weapon like a baseball bat.



fraud Reviewed by John on Mar 31, 2014   1 out of 5

It arrived and looked good. after further inspection, I noticed it only had one pin in the handle. In the description it stated full tang. I removed the pin to notice not even a rat tail. looks like the blade was glued to the handle. took a flash light to the pin hole, no sign of tang. couldn't even take it apart to post pictures. sending it back. buyers beware.



What a Shame Reviewed by Daniel Voges on Mar 18, 2014   5 out of 5

I think it's a terrible shame that so many will write reviews about swords when they have no training and know nothing about swords. I've sold many of the Shinwa Dragon Lord and I have one that I use often and have been using it for several years, the Dragon Lord is one of the finest double edge swords I have ever used, unlike most swords this sword is very well balanced, which is somewhat unusual, I do repair and customizing, I see very few swords that are perfectly balanced. I hope everyone understands that the vast majority of sword reviews all over the web are written by those with no sword skills. Thank you. Daniel of Nebraska.



Looks great but.... Reviewed by Krueger on Jan 31, 2014   2 out of 5

Ecstatic when unboxing and initially handling and wielding. Looks great, unique, very light weight but still an amazing feel in the hands. The second durability test (first being a milk jug with water) was a nail half into a post. It cut the head off exactly where I wanted but left about a 1/4" press in the blade. My four months of blacksmithing have my works at being far more capable. A beautiful work and feel but a disappointment none the less. Into the scabbard(which had large amounts of white waxy substance that rubbed onto the blade and left streaks, but once again looked beautiful!) for display it goes...



Not battle ready. Reviewed by James on Sep 23, 2013   2 out of 5

Beautiful looking sword. I like a sword that sits firmly in the scabbard like this one. Sharpness was ok and the Damascus layers are very pleasing to the eye, but not made for cutting. IMHO it's a display only sword. I made 2 cuts through a cardboard mailing tube, and the blade bent. I was horrified. I took a risk, and got what I paid for. It'll probably never leave the scabbard again. I like to have usable swords that will at least cut a cardboard tube, like my Cold Steel, or CAS Hanwei.



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