The Shikoto brand delivers another superior example of the Japanese katana. This is the Shikyo (Japanese for "death") katana. This sword measures 43 1/8" and features a mirror polished 29 1/2" blade of heat-forged 1045 carbon steel with a heavy blood groove. The blade tang has an exclusive stamp that can only be found on a Shikoto sword blade. The Bushido Code's seven virtues: rectitude, courage, benevolence, respect, honesty, honor and loyalty are laser etched on the blade.