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A Shirasaya, “white scabbard”, is a plain wooden Japanese sword consisting of a scabbard and hilt and used when a blade was not expected to see use for some time and needed to be stored. It was designed to tightly seal keeping oxygen out while providing a protective skin around the katana blade. BUDK.com has a large selection of shirasaya swords in many different colors of attractive hardwood both lacquered and natural. The blades inside of the smooth, scabbards are razor-sharp and handcrafted in premium high carbon steels. You won’t find a shirasaya anywhere else that is of the caliber that we have at BUDK.com.