Shinwa ScarletFang Handmade Shirasaya / Samurai Sword – Double-Edged Blade; Exclusive Hand Forged Black Damascus Steel; Red Hand Lacquered Hardwood - Functional, Battle Ready, Ninja Sleek - Full Tang
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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
  • Double-edged, 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
  • Fluid design with seamless lines 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" – easy to wield, easy to transport, hard to put down


Sleek, clean minimalist style; maximum ferocity and function
Shinwa’s sleek, eye-catching “ScarletFang” 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 “fang.” As such, the “silky” smooth saya conceals a potent pair of “fangs” – two carefully honed edges on a menacing black Damascus steel blade.

Traditional Japanese swordcraft with an edge – two edges, to be precise
More than “fang,” this capable, doule-edged full tang blade is also the seductively dark soul of the ScarletFang and no less than modern hand forged bladecraft at its pinnacle. It slices effortlessly and pierces cleanly through even the most challenging materials and, retaining both of its fine edges through even the most brutal trials. Breathtaking, downright bewitching and undeniably unique, the ScarletFang blade’s beauty is every bit as razor sharp as the edges, piercing 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 ScarletFang blade emboldened and enhanced by blood, sweat and tears
The ScarletFang’s distinctive black Damascus steel blade 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 ScarletFang 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 ScarletFang 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 ScarletFang blade.

Experience Damascus steel…after dark
As if that weren’t enough, Shinwa adds its own innovative modern twist to the ScarletFang 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 ScarletFang is one of a relative few to feature it. Furthermore, like a steel snowflake or fingerprint, the patterning on no two ScarletFang 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 ScarletFang 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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Reviewed by Reid Monteith on Jan 17, 2018   5 out of 5

Just got my sword, will have to say I was doubtful at first, after reading comments about other scarletfangs. After opening the box I was surprised. The sword came in a red box embellished with dragons and was two tone red it might be silk, with two latches. The sword was in a black cotton sleeve with a tie at the top. Once I removed the sword, low and behold, it has a nice red lacquered finish wit no dings or scratches. After pulled the sword from its saya, I was even more pleased the blade was not bent or chipped just a little dirty. Am waiting now for the cleaning kit to come in. I will be ordering from true swords again.



Very nice blade Reviewed by Randy Smith on Jun 16, 2017   5 out of 5

Recevied mine today 2 days earlier than expected this is a very nice sword very sharp right out of the box everything is nice and tight very hapoy with it



Shinwa Black Damascus Red Shirasaya Sword Reviewed by Jon Ebner on Apr 13, 2017   5 out of 5

Shinwa Black Damascus Red Samurai Shirasaya Sword. I was skeptical at first but when I pulled the sword out of the box, I fell in love with it. It's just what I was expecting for the price. The blade was really dirty when I pulled it out of the box, I will clean the blade and oil it tomorrow. I was some what disappointed with the sharpness of the blade but that can be taken care of also......For the price you can't go wrong!



Beautiful sword Reviewed by Jerry Parks on Dec 26, 2016   5 out of 5

Bought this for my grandson he loved it" it was a beautiful piece to add to his collection. Thanks BUDK



The Sword for a Swordsmen Reviewed by on Nov 25, 2016   5 out of 5

This sword is an awesome buy & in the hands of a swordsman , it is most definitely a MANKILLER!! As one who has again "picked up the sword", I am fully prepared to Kill if necessary. The quality of the blade is a tribute to Swordmaking!! And it is because of this quality, I have been inspired to buy more of the Shinwa Swords.



very very pleased! Reviewed by aaron waltz on Jan 16, 2016   5 out of 5

For starters for the money you absolutely cant go wrong... It is a very very nice sword, it has a solid feeling and well finished... Theres no rattles or bad gaps, And the Handle and saya finish is deep and glossy and is flawless I'm very surprised and impressed with the craftmanship of this piece. I really was not expecting it to be of this level of quality for the price i expected it to be just decent not great. There is one big problem and that is it is so beautiful i dont want to use it! So its going on the sword rack on display next to my Hanwei and Ronin and others, its defiantly worthy of hanging next to swords of much higher prices. Did i mention its drop dead beautiful!



Very Surprised Reviewed by Frank Calhoun on Nov 17, 2015   5 out of 5

I read the comments before purchase and I was very unsure...I thought it was a good buy, Whats the worst that could happen, Right? Got my package today and was very happy. The Blade was very sharp at the tip and the edges felt like they could do damage. Im not sure if it was full tang or not , and the scabbard had glue and woodchips inside. It didn't bother me. This is my first Purchase from BUDK and a Shinwa product. I will be returning for the holidays :)



Poor Quality Control Reviewed by les brumwell on Nov 10, 2015   2 out of 5

Sword arrived in a crushed sword box, NOT FROM SHIPPING as the shipping box was fine. The red sword box was crushed BEFORE it was shipped. Result was a fingernail size chunk of the handle missing and several marks throughout the entire sword. Other than that it was sharp enough and fit scabbard OK. Sad how someone would ship a very visibly damaged container with ZERO consideration for the costumer. Not worth the effort and cost of returning. I have bought ALOT from BudK but this was the worst experience.



True Review Reviewed by Prof.D.Shelton Parker on Sep 19, 2014   4 out of 5

I would have given this 5 stars, if it had not a saya that that was so loose the blade fell out. But, I do have a fix for this problem. Coat the bare wood inside the saya with SUPER GLUE. Be very careful to keep the glue inside the saya. You may have to do this more than once to build it up to the point the blade will not fall out. Do not put the blade in before it is dry ! If you do, it will never come out.



Always wanted one of these Reviewed by dnaz@comcast.net on Sep 21, 2013   4 out of 5

I'm glad I waited for what I really wanted in a Katoshi sword cane. Love the red, and I must say that the blade is more red than black, but that looks great with the wood. This sword was not as sharp as the other shinwa blades I own and that was mildly disapointing, so no 5 stars. Beautiful but will need a little sharpning.



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