Shinwa Black Knight Handmade Katana / Samurai Sword - Hand Forged Black Damascus Steel - Razor Sharp, Full Tang - Fully Functional, Battle Ready, Ninja Sleek - Faux Ray Skin, Cord Wrap, Dragon Tsuba
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  • Nothing's darker than the "knight" - beautiful yet formidable, vibrant yet dark, the Black Knight Katana is spectacular fusion of breathtaking contrasts
  • Full tang 28 1/8" black Damascus steel blade, hand forged by Shinwa's master swordsmiths using proven, centuries-old technique; more than 1,000 distinct layers
  • Innovative, exclusive process puts “black” in “black Damascus” – result is blade with brooding dark beauty without equal
  • Tsuka wrapped in faux ray skin, classic black ito; offset by brilliant brass dragon menuki; traditional wooden mekugi
  • Unique, flawlessly cast tsuba features breathtaking relief design that depicts menacing dragon in extraordinary detail
  • Overall length: 40" - tall, dark and handsome; the quintessential full-sized samurai sword

The "Black Knight" of lore, embodied in a fierce hand forged katana
Shadowy and mysterious, yet clearly capable, Shinwa’s “Black Knight” Katana embodies the fabled “dark-“ or “black knight” of lore – a rogue warrior loyal to no warlord or king, who fights only for himself and his own cryptic, deviant-yet-noble principles. Indeed, the Black Knight Katana slashes to the beat of its own drum. And despite its grim hues, the Black Knight is nothing if not vibrant and alluring; it’s teeming with distinctive appointments and captivating accents – a true masterwork of contemporary sword design. But behind this stylishly unsettling façade lurks a downright frightening beast – a formidable tanto blade hand forged from black Damascus steel.

Open your mind to dark-yet-thrilling new bladecraft possibilities
More than “muscle,” the capable full tang blade is the veritable “dark soul” of the Black Knight, and no less than hand forged bladecraft at its height. It slices effortlessly through even the most challenging materials, retaining its fine edge through even the most brutal trials. Breathtaking, downright bewitching and truly unique, the blade’s beauty is every bit as keen as the carefully honed, razor sharp edge. It pierces 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.”

Shinwa looks to the past, yet "forges" ahead with its own modern innovations
The Black Knight’s distinctive black Damascus steel 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 Black Knight 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 Black Knight 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!

Unique allure only a seasoned swordsmith 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 Black Knight blade.

Experience Damascus steel…after dark
As if that weren’t enough, Shinwa adds its own innovative modern twist to the Black Knight blade - an exclusive, closely guarded secret process that imparts that sinister dark veil; 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 Black Knight is one of a relative few to feature it. Furthermore, like a steel snowflake or fingerprint, the patterning on no two Black Knight blades are exactly alike.

A dark sword that shines brighter than the rest
“Knights in shimmering armor” are a dime a dozen, as are ordinary swords. Even the most sumptuously adorned “carbon steel” examples can’t match the shadowy allure of Shinwa’s Black Knight Katana. Like a seaside lighthouse in photonegative, the deep, dark Black Knight is a brilliant shining beacon of originality and inventiveness in a sea of ordinary, uninspired swords. And many have answered the call, as the Black Knight commands a substantial following of devoted fans. This should come as no surprise - the Black Knight has proven itself time and again, and it holds its own against far more expensive katana, outperforming many. But the old cliché is true - "action" does indeed "speak louder than words," and at this unbeatable, downright unheard-of price, why deny yourself the opportunity to experience the ever-impressive Black Knight Katana for yourself? No matter how you use it, with proper care you can enjoy the Black Knight for a lifetime, then pass the set down to your children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren! This heirloom-quality katana is built to be treasured by generations of your descendants - your legacy preserved in hand forged black Damascus steel!

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I am very impressed Reviewed by on Dec 22, 2016   5 out of 5

Its vary beautiful Damascus steel sword I love how the sword feels its very very very high quality

You get what you pay for. Reviewed by Randall Perry on Dec 18, 2016   5 out of 5

It's a beautiful sword. It would make a great addition to a wall hanger collection, but battle ready it is not. My son and I put it up against some 2 liter bottles,16oz water bottles, and a water filled milk jug. Granted, this was right out of the box, no sharpening other than factory. It made short work of the milk jug. I was impressed. The 2 liters? Well, not all that impressive. They went flying across the yard. Thrusting was effective. It passed through all of the bottles effortlessly. By the end of our cutting test, the sword had a rattle in the guard and a warp in the blade. My kid still likes it, I guess that's all that matters in the end, but as far as taking this thing up against anything but a milk jug, I wouldn't recommend it.

Decent Reviewed by charles rivers on Dec 08, 2016   5 out of 5

from my point of view as a machinist working with all kind of metals this is NOT Damascus steel but it is folded steel. that being said the blade that i got was in good shape although i did not like the coating they put on it. it looked like "makeup". it was brown and black and all kinds of crap. what do you excpect for chinese made blades..( not a full tang but close) The parts that made up the sword as a whole were real metal..copper plated at least..or brass..not much plastic here. some glue..i doubt the authenticity of the ray skin but thats another issue i wont bother with. didnt like the handle -soft was split..and it took me awhile to sort out the wrapping which was simple flat nylon chord. easilly removed . all in all i would have made it differently but since i dont have a forge or the materials on hand i'd say this is a decent sword.. blade metal is good..take it apart..clean it up..defeinitely change the handle

Georgous Sword Reviewed by on Nov 09, 2016   5 out of 5

This is my first Damascus blade and I love it. I knew it wouldn't be razor sharp, so that wasn't a problem with me. Is everything I expected and more.

Great Sword Reviewed by Michael Mathews on May 05, 2016   5 out of 5

Nice sword to say the least. I have several authentic vintage Japanese swords and although it is not up to those standards or to those of a modern combat blade I believe it is an exceptional value for the price. My sword and it's fitting are nice and tight. The blade is sharp but not razor sharp. A beautiful display piece that would be functional in a pinch.

Beautiful blade Reviewed by on Apr 06, 2016   5 out of 5

This is my second Shinwa sword. Now im no expert and have read the reviews. The blade i got was "fecus brown" (as another reviewer wrote). It is BEAUTIFUL!! You can see layers of steel from black to bronze & brown. I thought the blade would be black layered and im sure some are. I love the blade i got!! The handle and tusba are tight. I cant tell you in words how nice this sword really is. It will be on my wall with my first Shinwa. I would also recommend a cleaning kit as it will need to be cleaned when you get it. Also remember this type of blade will need to be cleaned and oiled periodically to prevent rust. But thats just fun stuff to me. Thank you Budk. WARNING! Sword Collecting Can Be Addictive.. ;)

Impressed Reviewed by Glen Stockdall on Apr 01, 2016   5 out of 5

This is my first battle ready sword and I'm impressed with it. I've always wanted a real katana ever since reading the book and seeing the movie "Shogan" as a kid.

Good Quality Reviewed by Peter Kelley on Mar 29, 2016   5 out of 5

The Damascus pattern, on mine at least, is a beautiful black and red. Very good fit and finish. I don't plan on using/abusing it so I can't comment on its strength or durability.

Reviewed by Joseph Vickers on Nov 10, 2015   2 out of 5

Shinwa Damascus apparently gets waves in the cutting edge and bends when it hits anything harder than leather. I literally bent my blade hitting the broad side of the blade against the stalk of an umbrella plant. Great show pieces, not meant for any actual use; cut things at your own risk!

... Reviewed by tj frye on Jun 23, 2015   3 out of 5

so, the handle was amazing, the tsuba made me happy & the sheathe was awesome... Then I pulled the blade out. For 1, the sheathe must've been badly made because every time I unsheathe the blade, sawdust is on the blade. Plus, the blade isn't black like they said... I was so excited to own a beautiful blade that resembled black wood... But it was like a feces brown. Not pleasant to look at... At all. Nevermind that the sword isn't actually Damascus steel but rather just folded steel... Damascus is stronger. But yea, I wish the sword could've at least been the right color

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