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Handmade Japanese Shirasaya Samurai Katana Sword Sharp

4.2 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
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  • Black shirasaya katana.
  • Carbon steel blade.
  • Brass habaki.
  • Single mekugi bamboo pin.
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Product Description

This is a fully functional handmade shirasaya swordThe Shirasaya is a sword with a very long history in Japanese sword making. The Shirasaya first came into use when the sword smiths needed a place to store their sword blades. The smiths used a wooden sheath to store the sword blades until they could be fitted. Later the shirasaya was used by the Samurai to conceal their swords when sword carrying was banned in Japan. With the arrival of the 21st century the Shirasaya has started to make a come back as a stylized sword.

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  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B001L7YC2I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,871 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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By Bradly Weaver on October 13, 2011
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I collect the Musashi/Musha brand swords. This is the first review I'll be making that's less than 5 stars for them, but this is also the first time I purchased one on Amazon.

The blade itself was every bit the fine Musashi quality that I've come to enjoy. There are a couple of things after that, which cause the 3 star rating.

First, the scabbard/sheath, the opening into it was EXTREMELY tight. So tight, that the first time I tried to draw the sword, I had to hold the scabbard between my legs and feet and draw the sword with both hands. With a lot of strain and effort it finally released. I filed and sanded the opening down quite a bit and now it holds properly so that it takes only a light tug to break the hold.

Second, the Habaki (blade collar) isn't flush with the Tsuka (handle/grip). It has a 1/4in gap, which is a first for me with this brand.

Musashi/Musha's quality is usually very high, which I'm comparing with my other 12 Musashi swords. I would like to exchange for a better quality but I would feel it rude to the maker to show them their flaw. I will put this one away and get another with hopes of getting the usual quality swords.
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This sword wasn't expensive, so I didn't expect an exceptional specimen. I understood it to be 1060 tempered steel, but I suspect it is more like 1045. For those not familiar, the 10 series indicates basic iron steel, and 45 indicates about .45% carbon, while 60 is around .60% carbon. .45% sits just below the low end of "high carbon" steel. 1060 is quite a bit harder when tempered, and it is a popular sword steel. 1095 is more for knives, but it can be differentially hardened (using thicker clay on the spine and thinner clay at the edge to differentially insulate it during quenching) into quite a good sword. Full hardening of 1095 would make it more brittle than is desired for a sword.

My sword arrived, as many describe, pretty and sharp. Ornamentally, I liked the nice hamon, but then, down to business. First, how hard was the steel edge? I pulled out my inexpensive, 440A stainless pocket knife and pressed its tip against the sword, near the edge. It bit right into the metal. Then I easily shaved off a small bit of the sword's steel. Knives tend to be harder than swords, although not particularly harder than the cutting edge of a good Japanese sword, but this was a big difference in hardness. Clearly, this sword was made of a pretty soft steel.

It is normal for one to sharpen a sword or a knife, so I brought out some white and black hard Arkansas stones. Upon looking closely, the hamon (temper line) and the texture of the kissaki (tip) both appeared to have been made mainly by polishing the entire sword lengthwise and then buffing somewhat unevenly in a crosswise manner to create a reflective difference.
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Came with a glossy coating that i did not expect. I have had it for a year now and have used it for chopping halloween pumpkins or the occasional water jug. overall i still really enjoy this sword. It may not be completely battle ready but for the price it is worth it for both decoration and light usage
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I ordered black one and they give me dark red one, but if you are a fast sword drawer and want a nice grip that does not slip, I recomend you get the red one,this black shirasaya is slippery than the red one
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Lots of people complain about this sword and nitpick. I laid this sword down beside a original WWII wakizashi that I have owned since I was 18 years old and this sword exceeds my expectations and is just as good as an original military issue!! This really is an awesome sword for the money and I would definitely recommend it to anyone.!!! Love it!!!
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Came as advertised.Extremely sharp and oiled. Blade point had grinder marks - dust and residue in oil. Sheath well manufactured, shipped well.
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Lets start off by saying that the price on Amazon is much cheaper than other sites. If you're going to buy this sword shop around the other sites to compare prices (ie:topswords.com, trueswords.com, etc.)

This is the first sword I've ever purchased so take my review for what it's worth. I've been shopping for a couple months for a nice quality starter blade that would fit my budget before I moved onto collecting some more expensive pieces. I was hesitant to purchase this sword due to the other reviews on here but I took a chance and am overall very pleased at what I received. One of the reviewers even received a used sword so I was praying that wouldn't be me.

The sword I received is brand new with no signs of ANY use on either the blade nor the scabbard/handle. Also of note one other reviewer said the "habaki" blade collar wasn't flush with the handle and that their was a gap. Mine had no such gap.

The cloth bag is ho hum but what would u expect for this price? I expect every cent to be going towards the quality of the sword itself. One thing all the reviewers seemed to agree upon as that the scabbard held the sword pretty tight. This held true for my sword as well. If you pull the scabbard tight to the handle it will be semi difficult to open back up again. I haven't tried sanding or anything yet I'm just hoping with time it will wear down. I'd much rather have it too tight than too loose. The blade itself is spectacular and arrived with a fine coat of oil. The sword is "sharp" but not razor sharp. May require a little work on that.

I have not taken the sword apart yet but plan to soon to care for it. I will update my review if my opinions change.

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