Shinwa Abyss Handmade Katana / Samurai Sword - Double-Edged; Hand Forged Black Damascus Steel - Razor Sharp, Full Tang - Fully Functional, Battle Ready, Ninja Sleek - Dragon Tsuba

$136.99   $89.98
  4.2 ( 22 reviews)

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Part #:46 KZ500BDZ
  • There's beauty in even the darkest "Abyss" - beautiful yet formidable, vibrant yet dark, the Abyss Katana is spectacular fusion of breathtaking contrasts
  • Double-edged, full tang 30" 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: 43" - the quintessential full-sized samurai sword

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Explore the dark, ever-mysterious depths of the "Abyss"
Shadowy and mysterious, yet clearly capable, Shinwa’s “Abyss” Katana is both a black pit of despair and a wellspring of sword-wielding joy; it just depends on which end you’re facing. And despite its grim hues, the Abyss 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 double-edged blade hand forged from black Damascus steel.

Darkness with an edge - two edges, to be precise
More than “muscle,” the capable full tang blade is the veritable “dark soul” of the Abyss, 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.”

Open your mind to dark-yet-thrilling new bladecraft possibilities
The Abyss’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 Abyss 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 Abyss 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 Abyss blade.

Experience Damascus steel…after dark
As if that weren’t enough, Shinwa adds its own innovative modern twist to the Abyss 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 Abyss is one of a relative few to feature it. Furthermore, like a steel snowflake or fingerprint, the patterning on no two Abyss blades are exactly alike.

A dark sword that shines brighter than the rest
Even the most sumptuously adorned, expensive “carbon steel” sword can’t match the shadowy allure of Shinwa’s double-edged dark wonder: the Abyss Katana. Like a seaside lighthouse in photonegative, the deep, dark Abyss is a brilliant shining beacon of originality and inventiveness in a sea of ordinary, uninspired swords. The Abyss 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 Abyss Katana for yourself? No matter how you use it, with proper care you can enjoy the Abyss 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!

Customer Reviews | Average Rating: 4.18 out of 5

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Jorge Fernandez
Aug 17, 2021
(5 out of 5)

A beautiful "real" Damascus, large, strong and heavy full tang sword! I was very impressed with it when I recieved it. The images shown fall very short to its actual beauty and function! I couldn't be happier. So much so that I've even purchased it's sister sword the Black Knight! I highly recommend their purchase. Truly worth every penny!!!

Robert Scott Godwin
Apr 27, 2018
(5 out of 5)
Not fake Damascus its real

I don't know what the reviewer below received, but what I received was a well crafted sword made of beautiful Damascus steel. Well crafted and honestly, mesmerizing to look at. This sword is not the showpiece of my collection, but it is a wonderfully crafted piece of steel that is a step up from many other brands. Shinwa in my opinion makes good quality swords for the price point. Do not be afraid to pull the trigger on this one, especially if you can get it on promo/sale. I 1000% recommend

Stanley LaRue
Jan 08, 2016
(5 out of 5)

I got this today. It was like Christmas. I opened the box, to find a beautiful display box inside. I opened the display box to find the sword wrapped in a black bag. The anticipation was driving me crazy. I took the sword out of the bag and found a very beautifully crafted sword. The edges weren't razor sharp, but i can fix that. overall the sword is beautiful. It has a nice weight to it. I feel it is a Great sword for the price. no problems with this sword at all. i love it.


Oct 01, 2015
(2 out of 5)
Fake damascus

I bought this sword a couple months ago and was surprised at what I found. The sword had plenty of glue at where the blade entered the handle, and sawdust regularly gets stuck on the blade from the scabbard. It also isn't real damascus steel, just a coating made to look like one. The blade is a bit weak and when put against my 1942 U.S. sword it was easily chipped. The box is cheap and it is easy for the fabric on the inside to slip and for the styrofoam to come out. You can also clearly see the wood of the handle because the cord wrapping doesn't cover it. It seems weird to me too that almost every review here has 5/5 stars, even the ones where they only say that it is terrible. This review is 1/5.

Nicholas Armetta
Mar 09, 2015
(5 out of 5)

Absolutely love this sword, its easily the favorite of my collection. If I absolutely have to find a complaint, its that i dont like the box it comes with, but to be honest its not that bad; it just gives it an older Asian feel. Its not a bad thing, it just looks out of place. But the blade itself was perfect! Super sharp on both sides, and i love the color! I dont have a problem with the square guard, not sure how it would hurt you really. And the scabbard is pretty nice as well. It does have weight to it from the full tang and it is real Damascus! I own several Damascus products and this is by far my favorite, totally worth it!

Feb 01, 2015
(4 out of 5)

Great blade, strong and heavy,good scabbard,,also the handle is well wrapped. I just wish that this blade came with a smooth, rounded guard. The square guard has sharp corners that hurt.

Jan 21, 2015
(5 out of 5)

I got ne of these, sending it back,,,Looks fake to me,,, like a coated carbon steel blade, not real Damascus steel.
Dec 27, 2014
(5 out of 5)

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timothy delarosa
Dec 26, 2014
(5 out of 5)

I like the sword and its double edged so that's better I only use this sword for practice but when I first got it I always check throow a cutting test with thick bamboo and its a little on the heavy side but a great sword I recommend this sword for beginningers and learn how to take care of it P.S and its razor sharp I barely rube my finger on it and it gave a clean cut

Timmy Del cruz
Dec 26, 2014
(5 out of 5)

It a good beginninger sword for newbies and is a good sword I use in for home defense and its strong I cut throw bamboo like!e butter so for the be beginningers out there start with this sword or others shinwa swords and do your homework to learn how to take care and sharpen a katana

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