Shinwa Colossus Handmade Odachi / Giant Samurai Sword - Hand Forged Damascus Steel; Genuine Ray Skin; Dragon Tsuba - Functional, Full Tang, Battle Ready - 60"
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  • One of the most powerful, awe-inspiring swords in traditional Japanese swordcraft…Shinwa style
  • Colossal full-tang 36" Damascus steel blade - expertly hand forged by seasoned swordsmiths using proven, centuries-old techniques
  • Blade boasts more than 2,000 distinct layers of high carbon steel – a giant sea of contrasting lines, waves, ripples, swirls and other spellbinding patterning
  • Elongated tsuka for two-handed grip; wrapped in delicately textured genuine ray skin same and braided ito; traditional wooden mekugi, brass menuki
  • Elegant, exquisitely detailed tsuba depicts vibrantly detailed dragon relief; bathed in rich, warm patina for antiqued look
  • Hand lacquered wooden saya protects blade while adding classic style to this spectacular ensemble; embellished with traditional sageo
  • Overall length: 60" – even the legendary katana can only tremble in Colossus Yoru’s massive shadow


Not all big, bad monsters are the stuff of legend, but this legend is a big, bad monster
Like some terrible mythical beast, Shinwa’s “Colossus” Odachi is enormous, powerful and downright frightening. And for good reason! At a monumental 60" long overall, with a fully functional, razor sharp 36" blade, this imposing two-handed samurai sword packs awesome might, savage bite and untamable brutality on par with the biggest, baddest, most terrifyingly oversized beasts of lore. But unlike the Titans, Cyclops, Goliath, the Nephilim or any other giant(s) of legend, the monstrous Colossus is real. Very real. And reality can be far scarier than fiction – especially when you’re on the receiving end of this potent Shinwa odachi.

”Would you like to supersize that?” Odachi swordsmiths always answer, “yes”
One of the largest sword types in Japan’s long, storied history of innovative swordcraft, the “odachi” represents the legendary capability of the katana multiplied two- and even threefold. It’s so hefty, in fact, it must be wielded with two hands to maintain sufficient control - especially important when brandishing a weapon of this intensity and magnitude. History is full of mammoth “two-handers” – the Chinese Miao Dao, the Spanish Espada Bastarda, the Scottish Claymore and many others; but none can match the odachi’s awe-inspiring ferocity and formidable cutting clout. Shinwa’s Colossus is no exception; it even dominates other odachi, outperforming many of the world’s most expensive custom examples. And like all Shinwa swords, the Colossus is every bit as much a “beauty” as it is a “beast.”

Monstrous power and size, refined style and grace
A hulking brute adorned in the trappings of royalty, the Colossus dons all the aesthetic hallmarks that make traditional Japanese cutlery so visually appealing, plus plenty of smart contemporary updates and chic original appointments that epitomize Shinwa’s knack for combining the best of old and new, fusing tradition with innovation. Delicately textured genuine ray skin same and braided ito cloak the tsuka, which is gracefully elongated to accommodate two hands, boosting leverage, improving control and counterbalancing the hefty blade for an ideal center of gravity. Flawlessly cast, the tsuba bears an intricate, exquisitely detailed dragon motif and is bathed in a rich, warm patina for a charmingly antiqued look.

An incredible 2,000 layers on 36" of black Damascus steel; only one sword can claim it
And while most Japanese swords’ style and allure is concentrated at the tsuka, rarely extending onto the unexciting, largely utilitarian blade; the Colossus’ blade is teeming with visual splendor – a breathtaking wonder in its own right. Hand forged from Damascus steel, the bewitching super-sized tanto blade is a tumultuous sea of contrasting lines, waves, swirls and other mesmerizing patterns. Each line is a distinct variety of steel, hammer welded and hand folded repeatedly to yield the more than 2,000 layers in each Colossus 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.

Hand forging this huge blade is massive undertaking
To make each Colussus Nikko 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 blank and an acid etching highlights vivid contrasts in the layers. And the slow, laborious process itself it just the beginning! 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 Colossus blade. Furthermore, like a steel snowflake or fingerprint, the patterning on no two Colossus blades is exactly alike.

Awe-inspiring “Colossus” demands the spotlight
From beauty to power to originality, everything comes bigger on the Colossus. This large-and-in-charge odachi casts a far-reaching shadow that obscures other swords, making them seem comparatively dim and lifeless. Even far more expensive custom odachi tremble in the shadow of Shinwa’s Damascus steel Collossus. Upon wielding it for the first time - experiencing the raw, unbridled energy and might it conveys with every swing - you’ll never want to put it down. But much as you may want to, you can’t clutch it 24/7; thankfully, the Colossus is perfect for display when not in use. The elegant yet in-your-face odachi demands attention and admiration, especially when mounted on a wall or perched atop a handsome sword stand. And, of this, you can be sure: what the mighty Colossus demands, the mighty Colossus gets.


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not just for display Reviewed by on Mar 05, 2016   5 out of 5

first let me say that i’ve only had this for a few hrs. the scabbard was broke badly in shipping but the sword remained rock solid and it's very sharp and well balanced. the lining in the blade is gorgeous. the ray skin might be fake. i did a simple experiment were the peg is in the hadel, i used tweezers to pull off a small pice. unlike normal ray skin with is hared and krusty, this stretched and snapped like rubber and it’s white underneath too, so it may be real juts sprayed with some coating that makes it soft who knowes. as for the other review about the lack of full tang, "display only" i got this off wikipedia (A full tang extends the full length of the grip-portion of a handle, versus a partial tang which does not. A full tang may or may not extend the full width of the handle.) it's done for handel strength and or balances too. if you want a sword that is functional this is a good one “i wonder if i can just send back the skabber to be replaced, i don't want to let the sword go.” lol



Beautiful!!!! Reviewed by David Soderquist on Mar 18, 2015   5 out of 5

I bought two of these to see what they looked like. I do my own castings and wanted to see how good these were. I was very impressed with these. The Damascus is beautiful and from what I could tell the tang was forged and not welded, it also goes an appropriate distance down the handle to be considered full tang (3 - 4 inches shy of the end). I like the feel and they are beautiful overall but I am going to refit them not because I am dissatisfied with them but that is the reason I bought them.



Good sword for $$$ Reviewed by Steve on Jan 12, 2015   4 out of 5

I am overall very pleased with this sword. It is a real Damascus blade and reasonably sharp. My only concern is with the so called genuine ray skin wrap on the handle. It appears to me to be some kind of rubber. Still for the money spent it is a very good purchase



Sweet Reviewed by Damien on Sep 23, 2014   5 out of 5

I purchased this one with the Odachi Black Damascus Sword. These are both True Works of Art.



Beautiful and functional Reviewed by David Canoy on Mar 09, 2014   5 out of 5

Beautiful sword, the oil sheen is subtle but visible and the blade is beautifully shaped and honed. Someone stated the blade was not full tang - I feel the blade all the way down the handle - I don't know how this could be proven short of deconstruction but I highly doubt that is the case. the construction is solid, it feels like a million bucks! Shinwa does not have a reputation for skimping on quality and I will not be the one to say they did so. A great buy.



Display Only Reviewed by OniBlade on Mar 17, 2013   4 out of 5

This piece is Beautiful to behold although I would never reccomend this sword for any practical use. I expected this sword to come fully tanged but this wasnt so. I digress, this is still a great buy.



Shinwa Navy Nodachi Damascus Steel Sword Reviewed by eloc on Jan 15, 2013   5 out of 5

Great sword. As beautiful as i could imagine. Love it and can't wait to buy more.



Nodachi "a favorite" Reviewed by Kevin Stutler on Mar 02, 2012   5 out of 5

I bought this sword when it was more expensive (now it is even a better bargain) This is the best looking Damascus Sword of six that I now own- and it is a GIANT SWORD. The Tsuba (guard) is great looking- it reminds me of an "oriental" St.Michael tossing "Old Nick" out'n of da Holy Place! I pull this out just to show it off to friends- and they don't impress easily. One nag'-I don't like the same' (rayskin) if it is genuine the dye is too thick to see the grain well. Functionally gorgeous !!!



gorgeous! Reviewed by scriley on Sep 20, 2011   5 out of 5

I purchased this sword for my husband and when it arrived I must say it was breathtaking! It was very long, being only 5 feet tall I had considerable difficulty getting it out of the sheath, but for a tall man it would be perfect. While I am no sword expert, I did my homework purchasing this blade and I am not sorry I did, for the money it is a thing to behold. Highly recommend.



A true Masterpiece! Reviewed by Drogaria on Aug 15, 2011   5 out of 5

I collect swords and let me just say, this sword is a wonder to behold. Razor sharp, tightly woven grip, beautiful guard, this is a sword worthy of battle in days of yore! The delivery was exceptionally fast as well.



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