Shinwa SilkSting Handmade Shirasaya / Samurai Sword - Exclusive, Hand Forged Black Damascus Steel; Hand Lacquered Hardwood - Sleek Style, Ninja Stealth - Functional, Battle Ready - Full Tang Tanto
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  • Sleek, clean design stands out in any display or collection, even amongst lavishly adorned, sumptuously appointed custom swords – a must-have for any collector
  • Full tang 29" black Damascus steel blade – painstakingly hand forged by seasoned swordsmiths using proven, centuries-old techniques
  • Innovative, exclusive process puts “black” in “black Damascus” – result is blade with brooding dark beauty without equal
  • Seamless, fluid design from from kashira to saya base; discreet and stealthy; unique and eye-catching
  • Tough hardwood handle and saya, both with elegant, satiny smooth hand-lacquered finish
  • Hand lacquered wooden saya joins seamlessly with likewise-finished handle; protects blade, imparts elegance
  • Overall length: 40 1/4" – easy to wield, easy to transport, hard to put down


Sleek, clean minimalist style; maximum ferocity and function
Shinwa’s sleek, eye-catching “SilkSting” Shirasaya Sword undeniably stands apart from the rest and is a must-have for any serious sword collector. Amongst even the finest, most ornate katana, wakizashi and other common Japanese sword styles, this alluringly clean, no-frills sword is an immediate standout, sure to draw attention and spark lively conversation. The traditional shirasaya configuration’s satiny smooth lines, unique staff-like shape and hand-lacquered hardwood construction all make for a beautiful example of Japanese swordcraft’s diverse design variety and vast aesthetic range. Though its roots stretch back centuries, for most, the shirasaya represents a fresh, intriguing departure from the katana-like image ingrained in the popular imagination: ray skin and cord-wrapped tsuka, ornate guard, sageo accented saya and the like. But, interesting and alluring as the fluid, polished exterior may be, don’t forget – this sword is equal parts “silk” and “sting.” As such, the “silky” smooth saya conceals a potent “stinger” – a menacing black Damascus steel blade with a carefully honed edge.

Open your mind to exciting new bladecraft possibilities
More than “stinger,” this capable, full tang blade is also the seductively dark soul of the SilkSting and no less than hand forged bladecraft at its pinnacle. It slices effortlessly through even the most challenging materials, retaining its fine edge through even the most brutal trials. Breathtaking, downright bewitching and undeniably unique, the SilkSting blade’s beauty is every bit as razor sharp as the edge, piercing to the depths of your imagination - opening it to wondrous new metallurgical possibilities, while slashing apart all your preconceived notions of what makes Damascus steel, “Damascus steel.”

Every blade emboldened and enhanced by blood, sweat and tears
The SilkSting’s distinctive black Damascus is a tumultuous sea of contrasting lines, waves, swirls and other mesmerizing patterns, all cloaked in a shadowy dark hue. Each line is a distinct variety of steel, hammer welded and hand folded repeatedly to yield the thousands of layers in each SilkSting 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. To make each SilkSting 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, while an acid treatment 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 SilkSting blade.

Experience Damascus steel…after dark
As if that weren’t enough, Shinwa adds its own innovative modern twist to the SilkSting blade - an exclusive, closely guarded secret process that imparts its brooding dark hue; putting the “black” in black Damascus, so to speak. Rich amber lines swirl over a deep black void like trails of blood flowing down a blackwater river. It's Damascus steel...after dark. And of all the world’s swords, Shinwa’s SilkSting is one of a relative few to feature it. Furthermore, like a steel snowflake or fingerprint, the patterning on no two SilkSting blades is exactly alike.

Simplicity, value and function outshine gaudy frills, showy appointments and luxury price tags
Uniqueness is becoming an ever-scarcer quality in today’s sword industry. Every sword maker tries to outdo the rest with intricate, over-the-top ornamentation accented with rare, precious materials like abalone or ebony. In a marketplace crowded with gaudy, expensively swords adorned in showy, ultrapremium finery, how does any modern sword collector keep up? What sword will truly embolden any collection or display with a genuine sense of originality and fresh appeal without costing a small fortune? The seemingly paradoxical answer: trade flashy, over-the-top frills for clean, simple form. Shinwa’s SilkSting Shirasaya is the simple standout that comes fully loaded - with value, sleek minimalist style, real-world effectiveness and genuine handcrafted substance.


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Awesome purchase Reviewed by on Mar 08, 2018   5 out of 5

I've swung this sword rediculously hard through the air at least 50 times to test how well it's attached to the handle. It doesnt budge. It's well put together. The blade is sufficiently sharp for backyard cutting. This sword serves a gook hiking companion



SHIRASAYA Reviewed by on Aug 29, 2016   2 out of 5

NICE PIECE BUT NOT FOR HEAVY BATTLE. IT IS BALANCED U JUST HAVE TO FIND THE RIGHT GRIP. I SUPER GLUED A STRIP OF LEATHER AT THE END OF THE HANDLE SO U CANT LET IT SLIP OUT OF YOUR HAND OR GET CUT. THE SCABBARD IS RATHER CHEAP AND MAKES THE CLOSING LOOSE, BUT WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR I PAID $ 125.00. ITS STILL A GOO PRACTICE PIECE. THANKS. THE BLADEMASTER



shirasaya Reviewed by on Apr 25, 2016   5 out of 5

I GOT THIS SWORD FINALLY, IT HAS A COOL BOX TO STORE IT.THE BLADE IS QUITE SHARP, AND FEELS STURDY. I DID THE BEND TEST AND THINK (MAYBE) IT IS FULL TANG BUT BAD DESIGN. OVERALL ITS WORTH THE PRICE, AND U CAN WRAP A FABRIC FOR RIFLES AT ANOTHER COMPANY. IM HAPPY WITH IT.



Wall Hanger Reviewed by Bradley Lindsey on Nov 21, 2015   3 out of 5

Nice sharp blade but i don't think it is a full tang. When i tap on the handle it sounds like a tuning fork. I would be afrade to strike something with it out of fear the handle would break . There is no way to dismantle it to check if it is a full tang or not but i think NOT.



Good for the price. Reviewed by on Nov 13, 2015   4 out of 5

Definitely a good piece for the price. But if you think this is basically the epitome of quality swords, you have a lot to learn. This is barely even in the price range of a functional sword. My only other Shirasaya is by hanwei, and costs $600. Now let me tell you that if those two swords crossed, after a few strikes were exchanged the Shinwa would fail miserably. It's just not that high quality. However, I know most people buying this aren't incredibly serious sword collectors and this is definitely good enough to chop fruit in your backyard or swing through the air with.



Pretty Cool Reviewed by Spencer Swapp on Aug 30, 2015   5 out of 5

I bought this sword and I think its pretty cool, the handle could be a little more grippy or maybe that's just my sweaty hands, but its a nice blade overall



my opinion Reviewed by on Aug 15, 2015   5 out of 5

any sword should feel somewhat heavy because the weight of it is required to cut through things easier , kind've like an axe with the weighted axe head to minimise resistance. Dont worry, their full tane for you amateurs,if it didnt then this sword wouldnt have been handcrafted, or even made as its purpose is to be battle ready, but also for display.Not one or the other, both



Ignore the rest of these reviews! Reviewed by on Aug 06, 2015   5 out of 5

This sword is great. I have no idea what everyone is talking about. Yeah sure there is a little extra weight on the blade, but that makes it easier to swing right? You can use this sword for display or for combat. Great sharp blade, I recommend this to anyone and everyone.



Reviewed by Sterling DeLoatch on Jul 03, 2015   5 out of 5

This was my dream sword. This was my second purchase from this site. Already having high expectations True Sword did not let me down. The sword came sturdy, well polished, no knicks, and with an edge. I couldn't be happier.



Great piece Reviewed by Some Guy on Jun 16, 2015   4 out of 5

It looks very pretty sitting on display. I show off the blade every now and then but the handle feels weak. It is not full tang. That is the only downside though to a cool blade.



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