• Shikoto Touchstone Handmade Katana / Samurai Sword - Hand Forged, Clay Tempered T10 High Carbon Steel - Genuine Ray Skin; Iron Tsuba - Functional, Full Tang, Battle Ready - Certificate of Authenticity
  • Shikoto Touchstone Handmade Katana / Samurai Sword - Hand Forged, Clay Tempered T10 High Carbon Steel - Genuine Ray Skin; Iron Tsuba - Functional, Full Tang, Battle Ready - Certificate of Authenticity
  • Shikoto Touchstone Handmade Katana / Samurai Sword - Hand Forged, Clay Tempered T10 High Carbon Steel - Genuine Ray Skin; Iron Tsuba - Functional, Full Tang, Battle Ready - Certificate of Authenticity
  • Shikoto Touchstone Handmade Katana / Samurai Sword - Hand Forged, Clay Tempered T10 High Carbon Steel - Genuine Ray Skin; Iron Tsuba - Functional, Full Tang, Battle Ready - Certificate of Authenticity
  • Shikoto Touchstone Handmade Katana / Samurai Sword - Hand Forged, Clay Tempered T10 High Carbon Steel - Genuine Ray Skin; Iron Tsuba - Functional, Full Tang, Battle Ready - Certificate of Authenticity
  • Shikoto Touchstone Handmade Katana / Samurai Sword - Hand Forged, Clay Tempered T10 High Carbon Steel - Genuine Ray Skin; Iron Tsuba - Functional, Full Tang, Battle Ready - Certificate of Authenticity
  • Shikoto Touchstone Handmade Katana / Samurai Sword - Hand Forged, Clay Tempered T10 High Carbon Steel - Genuine Ray Skin; Iron Tsuba - Functional, Full Tang, Battle Ready - Certificate of Authenticity
  • Shikoto Touchstone Handmade Katana / Samurai Sword - Hand Forged, Clay Tempered T10 High Carbon Steel - Genuine Ray Skin; Iron Tsuba - Functional, Full Tang, Battle Ready - Certificate of Authenticity

Shikoto Touchstone Handmade Katana / Samurai Sword - Hand Forged, Clay Tempered T10 High Carbon Steel - Genuine Ray Skin; Iron Tsuba - Functional, Full Tang, Battle Ready - Certificate of Authenticity

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  • Embodies 2,500 years of knowledge and proven battle capability - handcrafted with painstaking attention to detail, time-honored techniques with roots stretching back to Bronze Age Japan
  • Hand forged 27 1/4” T10 high carbon steel blade; clay tempered for exceptionally tough spine, legendary sharpness and unrivaled edge retention; natural hamon line; impressive 62 HRC
  • Wooden tsuka wrapped in genuine ray skin same; ray skin's tea-dyed patina adds warm, rustic charm; beautifully offsets black ito wrapping; traditional wooden mekugi
  • Solid brass habaki; intricate brass dragon menuki bathed in rich antiqued patina; solid iron tsuba with subtle texture, tastefully simple relief design
  • Classic black wooden saya, hand lacquered and polished to stately gloss; accented with coordinating black sageo
  • Accept no imitations - certificate of authenticity affirms genuine hand-forged status and is signed by the master swordsmith who crafted the blade; certificate also includes detailed forging specs
  • Overall length: 39 1/2" - ideally sized, powerful and battle-ready; the quintessential full-sized Japanese sword


Sword wielding experience at its richest, swordcraft at its peak
Savage yet beautiful, tough yet graceful, Shikoto's “Touchstone" Katana is a wild animal in the refined trappings of a nobleman. This traditional Japanese samurai sword is beautiful, eye-catching and no doubt impressive from the very first glance. But many of the Touchstone’s greatest treasures lie beneath its striking visual facade, and some - like clay tempering - are even altogether intangible. The Touchstone is a veritable swordcraft goldmine, never ceasing to yield rich sword-wielding experiences from the moment you first grasp the tsuka to your inaugural cut and every time you brandish it beyond.

Made of blood, sweat, tears, and premium T10 steel
Shikoto developed the Touchstone with the serious swordsman in mind. Master smiths painstakingly hand forge every Touchstone blade, and each blade tang bears the unique signature of the individual artisan who forged it. From vigorously hammering the formless, molten steel to gingerly tapping the delicate wooden mekugi into the tsuka, every step in the Touchstone's construction receives the utmost care and precise attention to detail. Some of the world's - and history's - most revered, time-tested techniques are employed, and every material is top-of-the-line. A quintessential example is the Touchstone's potent T10 tanto blade. One of the most sought-after high carbon steels in modern swordcraft, T10 alone would yield a blade with a nasty bite. But the Touchstone takes it a step further, enhancing the blade with a time honored differential hardening technique called “clay tempering.” Unique to traditional Japanese swordcraft, clay tempering was developed centuries ago by Edo-period smiths and is integral to the katana's longstanding, well-earned reputation as the sharpest sword on earth. A T10 blade may have a “nasty bite,” but a clay tempered T10 blade like the Touchstone’s is nothing short of devastating. And the “devastation” persists, battle after battle, cut after cut…

Sharpest in the world and stays that way, thanks to clay tempering
Clay tempering imparts edge retention that's simply without equal. Like a koi gliding through a still pond, the Touchstone's blade slices through rolled bamboo tatami mats and even cinder blocks cleanly and effortlessly, suffering neither crack nor fissure and all-the-while retaining its razor sharp edge. The Touchstone can withstand such punishing cutting trials thanks, largely, to clay tempering. Prior to the intense heat of the hardening phase, Shikoto's seasoned swordsmiths coat the newly formed, unrefined blade with clay - a thin layer along the edge, a thicker layer on the body and spine. When the blade emerges from the hardening forge, the clay layers' contrasting thicknesses cause the steel to cool at slightly different rates, yielding two distinct hardness regions. The less-insulated edge cools faster, making it harder for superior edge retention and shear strength. The thicker, more insulating coat of clay causes the body/spine to cool more slowly, rendering it "tougher"- less brittle, more flexible and better equipped to absorb impact energy. Though conceptually simple, clay tempering requires skilled hands and years of experience. It’s a slow, labor-intensive process that has changed little since its 15th century origins. But when you see the Touchstone in action, you’ll undoubtedly agree it’s well worth the time and effort.

Sublime feel, practically Zen-like wielding experience
The Touchstone's weight is shrewdly distributed to maximize swinging momentum and power, blow after devastating blow. This impeccable balance also improves control and responsiveness, allowing for greater agility and flexibility in combat. The delicately textured genuine ray skin same and soft braided ito that cloak the tsuka afford a comfortable, no-slip grip, further enhancing the Touchstone’s superb feel. Flawlessly cast from iron like katana of ages past, the tsuba is embellished with fine reliefs depicting a menacing dragon-like sea monster swimming in a tempestuous ocean marked by roiling waves. A classic brass menuki is nestled between ito and ray skin same, offset by traditional bamboo mekugi.

"Touchstone" of swordcraft excellence, year after year, generation after generation
The Touchstone has proven itself time and again, and it holds its own against any of today's most 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 Shikoto's Touchstone Katana for yourself? No matter how you use it, with proper care you can enjoy it for a lifetime, then pass it down to your children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren! The Touchstone is heirloom-quality and built to be treasured by generations of your descendants - your legacy preserved in hand forged steel.

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Melissa Adkins
Jul 03, 2020
(5 out of 5)
Awesome work horse katana

I bought this a couple of months ago, great katana if you’re on a budget it will cut soft or hard targets fully functional and weighted really well a great work horse for 300 bucks bottom line! Very pleased!

Awesome work horse  katana
 

Thomas Gerencser
Jun 10, 2020
(5 out of 5)
Very Happy

I am very happy with the sword. Clean and sharp, I plan to order a Tonto and wakizashi to have a complete set.

Very Happy
 

Patrick Muga
May 28, 2020
(5 out of 5)
Beautiful sword!!!

I haven't used it to chop anything yet, but the sword is exactly as advertised. The fit and finish of both the sword and scabbard are excellent, and the hamon is very distinct. Also, it came VERY carefully packaged to prevent any damage in a very nice cloth sheath, in a very nice (bamboo?) box, in bubble wrap, in a cardboard box, in wrapping paper in another cardboard box. OUTSTANDING PACKAGING. In addition to all this, it arrived just 3 days after I ordered it, with UPS tracking numbers sent to my email the day it first shipped. I am intending to order the matching Wakizashi next.

Beautiful sword!!!
 

Josh
May 05, 2020
(5 out of 5)
Great sword

I just received my sword today and it is amazing. Everything from the box, to the bag it came in and how smooth it came out of the scabbard. The blade is amazing and it is extremely well balanced. It truly is a work of art. I will definitely be buying from here again when I add to my collection. Hands down the best sword I have ever bought.

Great sword
 

Simeon .M stachyra
May 04, 2020
(5 out of 5)
killer weapon!!!!!

love this sword! I handle alot of weapons and this is one of the best!!!! if you are looking for a samurai sword, look no further!

killer weapon!!!!!
 

Gilbert Sperling jr
Dec 20, 2019
(5 out of 5)
Good sword bad scabbard

I got my sword today and I open the box to see a beautiful silk bag I remove bag took the in my left hand and my thumb I try to pull the sword with my right hand it was stuck it took me laying it down on a table and pulling with force very carefully not to cut myself so after removed I notice plastic paper on the sword so I thought that must be the problem so I removed the paper put sword back in the scabbard try remove it once again and was as hard to remove from the as before I was totally disappointed the look and feel are great but who wants to have a katana that get stuck in the scabbard

Good sword bad scabbard
 

Anonymous
Dec 13, 2018
(5 out of 5)
P. Amargo

Great sword. Beautiful hamon lines. Definitely worth the price!

P. Amargo
 

Ernie Jones
Aug 25, 2018
(5 out of 5)
Amazing

I just received my shikoto sword today i Couldn't believe how well banlanced it was its super light its a very beautiful sword from top to bottom like always thanks again true swords.

Amazing
 

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