Shikoto Rurousha Handmade Katana / Samurai Sword - Hand Forged Damascus Steel; Engraved Kanji, Twin Fullers, Unique Genuine Leather Wrapping, Cast Tsuba - Functional, Battle Ready, Full Tang Tanto
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  • Bound in rustic genuine leather, unbound by convention – distinctive katana bucks trends, boasts a style all its own
  • Full tang 30" Damascus steel blade accented with twin fullers, engraved kanji; expertly hand forged by seasoned swordsmiths using proven, centuries-old techniques
  • Blade boasts thousands of distinct layers of high carbon steel – a sea of contrasting lines, waves, ripples, swirls and other spellbinding patterning
  • Tsuka wrapped in genuine leather thongs for unique visual appeal, comfortable no-slip grip; flawlessly cast tsuba with clean, contemporary design
  • Hand lacquered wooden saya protects blade; handsome mottled color scheme, genuine leather wrapping
  • Overall length: 41 1/4" – the quintessential full-sized Japanese samurai sword; powerful yet easy to wield

Bound in leather but unbound by convention, the Rurousha is no ordinary katana
Shikoto’s “Rurousha” Katana may be stylishly bound in genuine leather bands, but it refuses to be bound by traditional notions of “orthodox” sword design. And when it comes to shear strength and raw cutting power, the Rurousha simply knows no bounds! Indeed, the Rurousha is one-of-a-kind in style, engineering, appointments and more – from its robust, breathtakingly beautiful Damascus steel blade to its rustic, leather-centric garb and beyond.

Swordcraft artistry only a seasoned hand could produce
Shikoto developed the Rurousha with the serious swordsman in mind. Master smiths painstakingly hand forge every blade, and seasoned sword artisans carefully handcraft each tsuka and saya. From vigorously hammering the molten blade steel to gingerly wrapping the leather thongs around the tuska and saya, every step in the Rurousha's construction receives the utmost care and precise attention to detail. Some of the world's - and history's - most revered, time-tested techniques are employed, and every material meets or exceeds stringent quality standards. A quintessential example is the Rurousha'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 Rurousha 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 hand forging technique yields distinctly modern katana
In a nutshell, a master Shikoto 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 – 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, Shikoto’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 Rurousha 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 Rurousha blades is exactly alike.

Display worthy beauty, battlefield-worthy capability and strength
But the Ruruousha is so much more than a pretty face. More like a “wild beast decked out in regal robes,” the Rorousha’s stout tanto blade slices effortlessly and pierces cleanly through even the most challenging materials, retaining its carefully honed, razor sharp edge through even the most brutal cutting trials. The Rurousha'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 leather wrapping that encircles the tsuka affords a comfortable, no-slip grip, further enhancing the Rurousha’s superb feel. Flawlessly cast, the tsuba features a clean, no-frills design, bathed in a warm, antiqued patina.

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

Customer Reviews | Average Rating: 4.58 out of 5
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Smh Reviewed by Jonny Getlow on Jan 14, 2018   2 out of 5

To say the least. Awesome crafsmenship. Beautiful replica. Not really Battle ready. A few slides still sharp, a little worpping. Maybe something went wrong with a quinch on this particular piece. But it's been years since I bought mine (2009).

Absolutely Magnificent Reviewed by Robert Coats on Jun 19, 2017   5 out of 5

This is the sword of all swords, at least in my opinion. Could not be more pleased, such great craftsmanship.... Not to mention, razor sharp. A true beauty and I would highly recommended it. I waited 4 months and it was worth the wait. A excellent addition to my collection.

Awesome Reviewed by on Jul 27, 2016   5 out of 5

This sword is awesome

5 stars Reviewed by richard loaiza on Jul 15, 2016   5 out of 5

Simply outstanding.

First sword from budk Reviewed by Matthew Clements on Oct 29, 2015   5 out of 5

I love it. It's not the sharpest blade, but that is the samurai's job to do that aka the owner. The gaurd is a little loose and it's hard to unsheath sometimes. I consider those unable too be unworthy to draw the blade. I would recommend it. The only things I'm gonna fix are the sharpness which is fine, replace the stock wrappings with rawhide leather, and just tighten it up a bit. I recommend this lil babe.

Fantastic! Reviewed by Jace on Mar 25, 2015   5 out of 5

I just received my sword today andi just want to say, holy crap! This sword is a thing of beauty. The leather could be of better quality but oh well, for the price, it's a steal. This is my 3rd kitana from budk and it definatly completes my collection. I just might have to buy the wakizashi and tanto to match. I am VERY pleased with the work of the sword smith that created my sword. Thank you budk, you've done it again!

Bang For Buck Reviewed by Frank on Nov 06, 2014   4 out of 5

Arrived very quickly. Quality of Katana is VERY good. Actually, the Katana quality is quite impressive for such an affordable price. Blade is well crafted and has no waviness at all. Damascus finish is outstanding on the one I received. Sharpness is OK but could be bettered easily with oiled leather strap (like the old days with straight razors). Balance is good. Blade curvature is good and correct. Weight is very nice, it is not heavy compared to other real Japanese Katanas we have that range from 75 to 100 years old. Blade is beautiful. Handle is nice. Sheath is the only thing that could've been better, as others have mentioned, the leather wrapping is loose, but easily tightened. Overall, it could be difficult to find something better at the price, or even twice the price.

Practicality Reviewed by Nathan on Feb 27, 2014   5 out of 5

Over All I love the sword. I personally enjoy the look, even though it is fairly plain. Maybe that is what I like so much about it. It isnt some flashy sword, but it has its own natural beauty. The blade is solid and well built. It is not as sharp as it could be, so I will be sharpening it by hand. I have some training in Iai-do, as well as a Black Belt in Kempo, so I have a bit of a fascination in actually using it the way it was meant to be used. The leather wrapping on the sheath is a bit far down the sheath making it difficult to move the sheath around in a hakama or a belt, which is quite important when drawing the blade. The swords balance is further up the blade than some may like, but I enjoy it. The only problem I have with it is that the wrap on the handled has come loose after hours of practice, and I have trouble keeping it from unraveling for long. Over all I love this sword, and highly recommend it whether to practice with or just something to stare at. Remember when practicing drawing or returning any sword, slow and steady wins the race.

Awesome! Reviewed by Alfred Bailey on Dec 04, 2013   5 out of 5

First, the picture is terrible. This is a brown, exquisite looking sword, very elegant. The picture does not do it one ounce of justice. Second, the sword arrived well oiled, wrapped, and SHARP. Great quality, no cracks, defects, or glue spots. Genuine leather. Very simply designed, restrained and pretty darn awesome.

United Black Rurousha Leather Forged Katana Sword Damascus Reviewed by Ski on Feb 10, 2012   4 out of 5

Overall, this sword was the nicest quality I could find for the best savings as well. Not flashy & a bit drab, this is not a beautiful sword. It is however, fully functional and seemed to be well made. I was disappointed by the "Damascus Finish" though and, I sent it back. The finish was barely noticeable,it just made the blade look grey, and was not worth an extra $75. This was why I sent it back. That was a couple months ago and I have yet to find a similar sword with the strict specs I desire for anywhere near this price.I may re order it because the quality control issue was with United Cutlery not BudK (who, by the way was awesome throughout my whole purchase/returning experience.) BudK...You've earned a 5 star rating for overall customer service and products/prices from this guy!

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