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28" Black Damascus steel bladeTraditional handle wrap of genuine ray skin and nylon cordageIntricately detailed cast metal menuki and tsubaPowerful full-tang construction40 3/4" overall length
This Shinwa Black Emperor katana sword measures 40 3/4" overall and features a 28" heat-forged, double-edged, drop-point black Damascus steel blade that has more than 1,000 layers of stunning Damascus steel. The handle offers a traditional genuine ray skin with a black nylon cord wrap, a cast metal menuki and tsuba. The coordinating wood scabbard completes the authentic look and feel of this mighty weapon.
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Metal is painted to give Damascus look. Its sharp but definitely display only one slash will ruin this falsely labeled battle ready waste of money. Not bad if you are literally into burning your currency
this sword makes a beautiful showpiece but that's it. I've been collecting cutlery for about 12 years now I purchased this sword under the impression that it was battle ready and real Damascus. I received the sword and noticed a rattle in the hilt so I contacted budk and they replaced it without any hassle. Well when the replacement came it too had a rattle in the hilt. I wouldn't trust my life to this sword however it does make a very nice overpriced piece of home/office decor
I got this sword for christmas and it looks and feels great. This is my second sword and i love it.
This was my first sword purchase, I'm very impressed with the product I received. The blade is just like what was pictured, very sturdy, nothing feels loose or wobbly, I'm no expert on swords, but this one looks and feels very well made. I'm very glad that I made the purchase!
I got my sword today and was not impressed the color of the blade Was not the same as the picture the guard is loose wiggly loose. The rap on the handle is poor I can see the wood in two spots. The sheath falls off when I pick up the sword not the quality I expected.
This is the best sword I have out of 4 I have purchased. It is indeed BATTLE READY. The Damascus steel blade is razor sharp on both sides of the blade. It is well balanced and blade is flexible yet is as sturdy as a single long ingot of steel, even after several long training sessions. It has a deep, long blood groove on both sides of the bald. It is elegantly colored, the scabbard holds the blade well without interfering with a very smooth draw. You can tell that it is indeed hand made as opposed to being pressed out en mass in a factory. It is a very good sword made better by having a very reasonable price. I strongly recommend this sword to anyone who wants a good, battle ready sword.
This is the strongest and sturdiest Zatoichi I've ever had the pleasure to swing, the blade is beautiful the steel thick with a wide blood groove and double edged with a clip point as it should be the hilt is quite nice with cotton wrap on the handle. The sword looks straight but it truly has a slight curve a great buy, you won't find a more beautiful fully functional sword anywhere especially a Zatoichi. Every swordsman should have one, it flies practically on it's own. Thank you. Daniel of Nebraska.
It is a great looking sword, but it has a few imperfections. When I got it, it looked and felt great, but after a few training sessions the handle started to rattle. I love the sword and what it represents, but I don't think that it was made to be battle ready. Don't get me wrong, it looks great on the wall.