Shinwa Makaku Katana / Samurai Sword - Hand Forged Damascus Steel - Custom Cast Macaque Monkey Tree Tsuba - Genuine Ray Skin; Hand Lacquered Saya - Fully Functional, Battle Ready, Full Tang
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  • Genuine masterpiece of traditional Japanese swordcraft, handmade by seasoned artisans with meticulous attention to detail
  • Hand-forged full tang 28 1/2" Damascus steel blade boasts both beauty and brawn; impossibly sharp edge, tough spine; display-worthy allure, yet powerful enough for any real-world cutting task
  • Master swordsmiths painstakingly and repeatedly fire, fold, hammer-weld two high carbon steel varieties to yield Damascus steel's breathtaking layering; acid etching highlights vivid contrasts
  • Handcrafted tsuka cloaked in delicately textured genuine ray skin same and soft tan ito; traditional wooden mekugi provide stability, classic touch
  • Flawlessly cast tsuba, kashira, menuki - tsuba features ornate three dimension macaque-in-tree; menuki a scaly dragon motif; all three bathed in a rich dark glazed patina
  • Coordinating black hardwood scabbard gingerly hand-lacquered, polished to stately gloss; offset with tan sageo that matches like-colored tsuka ito
  • Overall length: 39 1/2" - the quintessential full-sized Japanese samurai sword


Inspired by revered Japanese macaque, the Makaku will inspire you
Shinwa's "Makaku" Katana pays homage to Japan’s revered macaque - or “makaku” - a unique, mystical monkey and a central figure of traditional Japanese myth and folklore. The Makaku’s impeccably cast custom tsuba is adorned with two of these stately simians, their hands clutching the branches of a Japanese plum tree. With their haunting, near-hypnotic gazes, the exquisitely detailed macaques possess a certain cryptic, almost enchanting aura, while the rustic, leafy tree branches on which they’re perched impart a sense of earthy charm to the sword’s clean, tastefully simple overall aesthetic design. The level of detail present in the tsuba is nothing short of breathtaking, its beauty rivaled only by the Makaku’s stunningly figured tanto blade.

History, time honored tradition preserved in carbon steel
Hand forged from Damascus steel, the Makaku’s bewitching blade is a tumultuous sea of contrasting lines, waves, swirls and other mesmerizing patterns. For all its wondrous visual allure, the blade is also amply formidable, thanks in no small part to the painstaking technique by which it’s forged. Each line is a distinct variety of steel - hammer welded and hand folded repeatedly to yield the more than 1,000 layers in each Makaku blade. Though its earliest history is shadowy and little-known, the unique Damascus metalsmithing technique is at least many centuries old and possibly well over a millennium. Today, as in ages long past, it’s still painstakingly performed by seasoned hands - no automation, no mechanization.

Made of blood, sweat, tears and legendary Damascus steel
To make each Makaku 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 blank and an acid etching highlights vivid contrasts in the layers. And the slow, laborious process itself it just the beginning!

Swordcraft artistry only seasoned hands could produce
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 Makaku blade. Furthermore, like a steel snowflake or fingerprint, the patterning on no two is exactly alike.

Beauty beyond the blade
Few - if any - Damascus swords at this price point can match the Regal Makakus’s formidable cutting clout. But like all Shinwa swords, the Makaku is every bit as much a “beauty” as it is a “beast.” A vicious wild animal adorned in the trappings of royalty, the Makaku dons all the aesthetic hallmarks that make traditional Japanese cutlery so visually appealing - hardwood tsuba cloaked in genuine ray skin same and embellished with classic braided ito; brass habaki; ornate menuki, fuchi and tsuba; and a hand lacquered, sageo accented saya to protect the fine Damascus steel blade.

Built to be treasured generation after generation
Whether for tameshigiri, display or collecting, Shinwa’sl Makaku Katana is up to the task, with performance that can go toe-to-toe with many far more expensive swords. It has everything the serious swordsman and/or collector looks for in a top-shelf katana, but you won't pay close to "top-shelf" prices for this exceptional handmade Damascus steel masterwork! The Makaku represents one of the best values on the fine sword market, and once you wield it once, you'll never want to put it down. Like the fabled, revered Japanese macaque, the eponymous Makaku sword deserves a place of high honor and esteem in your collection; it’s an heirloom quality piece built to be enjoyed generation after generation - your legacy preserved in hand forged Damascus steel.


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Michajimbo Reviewed by on Feb 11, 2019   5 out of 5

Really cool box/Great bogo deal!! sharp as he!! right out of the case /nice fittings/ Thanks again!!!!!!



Excellent Reviewed by on Feb 09, 2019   5 out of 5

Extremely nice high quality katana to go with my matching Wakazashi.



Good sword Reviewed by on Feb 02, 2019   4 out of 5

For the price good sword. Solid features. Could be sharper, but for $70.00 can't complain.



Great purchase Reviewed by on Feb 01, 2019   4 out of 5

Bought these on a BOGO for my son, he LOVES them. Nicely packaged, weighted and detail. Wrap looks more like cotton shoelace than "ray" skin, but overall great quality, feels very sturdy. I would recommend for beginners and for form practice and competition. Can't say yet how they hold up in sparring.



Reviewed by on Jan 17, 2019   5 out of 5

Awesome sword for the price



Great sword for the price Reviewed by on Jan 06, 2019   5 out of 5

This is a great katana for the price. Since it’s only $70, don’t expect high end quality and nitpick every little thing. There were some little things wrong with the sword obviously but the katana fittings were tight and feels pretty solid in your hands. A great buy to have a blade that looks pretty cool!



Good value Reviewed by Aaron Smith on Dec 28, 2018   5 out of 5

This and the other shinwa sword I bought seem to be well made for the price and a good bang for my buck. Both swords came sharp and in good condition. True swords shipped my order quickly as well



Great Value Reviewed by on Dec 28, 2018   5 out of 5

This sword is well worth the price. The quality is very impressive. I gave this to my brother for Christmas, and he was speechless.



Wow Reviewed by Jarret Chaney on Nov 08, 2018   5 out of 5

Honestly, I love this blade and would argue it’s handling is damn near on par with my 800$ musashi. Sure the carbon content and alloy are different, but it can handle light abuse expected of it ( not going after bone with this guy, Which is abusive to even the higher carbon stuff ). Handling wise I’m impressed especially for the price It was even well sharpened ! Jarret Black snake forge



One word..... Reviewed by Robert Scott Godwin on Apr 18, 2018   5 out of 5

OUTSTANDING!!!!



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