There are many myths and legends in Japanese lore about dragons. Most Japanese dragons are water deities that are associated with rainfall or bodies of water. The dragon Ryujin was the supreme deity of the sea in Japanese mythology and controlled the tides of the world. The cast brass gold and black tsuba of this sword was crafted using the powerful iconic dragon as the inspiration and the theme is carried through on the pommel, as well. The 1060 28 3/4” high carbon steel blade is sharp and polished, also bearing a traditional heavy blood groove down its center. The hardwood handle is wrapped in genuine ray skin and black cotton cord with an ornamental menuki. A blue lacquered wooden scabbard houses the blade to protect it from the elements. Also included are a sword bag and decorative gift box.