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

$189.99   $69.98
  4.3 ( 63 reviews)

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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!

Customer Reviews Average Rating: 4.25 out of 5

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Husband loves it! Gift for his birthday. Reviewed by Cara on Apr 26, 2019   5 out of 5

Heavy and sharp. It is on display right now, he doesn't want to use's too beautiful!!! Highly recommended for the sword lover. It is meticulous.

Great Sword Reviewed by on Dec 14, 2018   5 out of 5

Fine crafted sword. It came in sharp and cut through a couple of melons for practice. It does have a light brown, orange residue while cleaning, but shines back up beautifully.

Full Tang Reviewed by Paula G. on Jul 25, 2018   5 out of 5

I loved this sword and the balance is wonderful. I was worried being a woman that it would be too heavy for me it is not

Scabbard Reviewed by on Dec 30, 2017   1 out of 5

Scabbard very loose..and dye comes off the sword whhen it strikes something..scabbard leaves some residue..maybe actual wood from moving around while in scabbard..blade is strong..not sharp

U get what u pay for Reviewed by Ryan Bringhurst on Mar 05, 2017   5 out of 5

Bought this and the double edge dragon for me any my brother. Both are beautiful, no issues or problems. To the other negative feedback people. Just remember u get what u pay for. These are lower end price swords. Ur not gonna be able to go out and fight or cut things continuous without it having effect. I highly recommend this for a collector. The steel is beautiful n sharp.

To my likeing,but... Reviewed by on Jan 16, 2017   5 out of 5

I love this sword but there are a few kinks with it for me this is first of all it didn't come sharp for me nothing major the handle did not fully lock the blade in place so it had an annoying raddle and worst of all the habaki (blade collar) slid back and forth nothing customer support couldn't fix though. When the new one arrived I was pleased with all the fixed components I complained truly is a great sword just make sure when you get it you know what you getting into on the 50/50 train

Great Quality Reviewed by on Dec 29, 2016   5 out of 5

When I got the sword the blade had wood on it from the casing but besides that it is really sharp, the case fits perfectly for the blade and everything on it was secure and does not move. 10/10

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.

Amazing Reviewed by Matthew Gately on Dec 13, 2016   5 out of 5

It was on sale so I got it and its an Amazing sword. I would recommend it to anyone wanting a real sword. The only thing I would caution people about is the fact that you have to oil it and take good care of it. Its not something you can put on a wall and neglect for a year. You need use oil to keep the blade from oxidizing. Like I said its a real sword so you have to treat it as such.

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

Very Nice, But... Reviewed by Christopher Epstein on Dec 02, 2016   4 out of 5

The blade is amazing and very well made. The whole sword is very sold and there is no play or shifting. The handle does not have real rayskin, it is cheap imitation. Also everyone be warned for some reason they decided to ruin this absolutely beautiful sword by printing right on the blade: "Handcrafted in China" and a modle number in addition to the shinwa logo on the other side of the sword. The logo is fine but seriously no one, NO ONE wants the ugly china stamp on anything. All that said it is still worth the price $59.99 on sale. 10 out of 10 people would buy again lolz.

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.

no brainer Reviewed by Michael Couturier on Apr 20, 2016   5 out of 5

Katana arrived today and is absolutely stunning to see in the daylight. A little rattle when in the tsuba but nothing major. Arrived sharp and oiled, just as expected. The details on this piece are phenomenal.

Reviewed by Kwai Jarrell on Apr 06, 2016   5 out of 5

Very pleased with my sword. My blade also looked more like the fiery inferno blade but everything else was the same. To be honest I think I like this color more. Very happy with my purchase.

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.

Pretty cool Reviewed by on Mar 27, 2016   5 out of 5

This was my first buy. When it came in it had some sort of white chunks on the blade that felt like extra oil. (Their was a lot) and to tiny dings on the end. (I think it's called the pommel) but other that that it looks amazing!!!

Reviewed by on Mar 24, 2016   3 out of 5

Alright well. I'll start off by saying that I am happy with my purchase. A blade like this at retail price would probably cost more than I paid. That being said, I was lead to believe I was purchasing a blackened blade but the one I got was orange and black. It still looks really good though. Secondly, this blade did not come very sharp. To put it into perspective, I have a 10 dollar bush knife from walmart that is sharper. Any random store bought chef knife comes sharper. I would also like to note that this is not a curved blade in any way, so slicing is not really what it will be good for. The wrapping on it after three swings shifted toward the butt even though I had initially assumed it to be quite tightly wrapped. The fake rayskin is only in strips and does not cover the whole handle which appears to not even be hardwood like stated. All in all, it's a good sword for the price. Heavy, but for a folded blade, it's worth every penny.

this makes 3 Reviewed by Stanley LaRue on Mar 19, 2016   5 out of 5

i have two of these already and just ordered another one. the price is outstanding considering the quality of the sword. I love it. true work of art. fully functional. highly recommend this sword.

AMAZING!! Reviewed by on Dec 25, 2015   5 out of 5

I got this sword as a Christmas present(made my Christmas btw:) and it feels, looks, and IS just awesome. The blade is perfectly balanced and cuts Bambo like its butter. The colors of the folded metal are visually appealing.

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 Luke on Jul 07, 2015   5 out of 5

Mine was cheap and it wasn't that sharp. If you want a good sword, look at Masahiro, Musashi, or Ten Ryu Those are way better than Shinwa

... 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

Pretty Good Reviewed by Ryan Evernham on Jun 08, 2015   4 out of 5

Great sword for the price. Only three small complaints. First, it was not as sharp as I hoped. I'm going to try to sharpen it but with only a small sharpening stone it will be difficult. Second,the hand guard was not sturdy when I fist got it. It rattled and shifted. It was an easy fix though with putting glue in it to keep it in the right position. The guard has been great since. Lastly, the wrapping on the handle is loose, it shifts around a little. Not a big problem though as it is easy to move back and it is still a nice feel and easy to grip. I really like this sword, I would recommend it to others. As I expected, it has small flaws as it is inexpensive for a nice fully functional sword, but is still very usable and very sturdy other than the guard. If the guard moves around a little, don't worry. Just try some glue. It is still a very good sword and there is nothing else to complain about. Good shipping speed too.

It's.... ok... Reviewed by Tyler Stallard on Apr 24, 2015   2 out of 5

Well... The blade seems stable and has a good weight to it... The metal isn't black and just painted and the blade I got had a HUGE flaw. Near the tip there was a very small nik of metal sticking out awkwardly to the side. Regardless, it can still pierce with a thrust extremely easily with almost no effort unlike a slash. So doesn't cut very well but I'd imagine that can be fixed by sharpening it which might take off some of the black paint. The sheath is made of wood and the wrapping is pretty poor... Dunno if it was just the one I got in particular that was pretty shitty... That being said... I wouldn't pay 90 bucks for it. More like around 40 or so.

SUCKS! Reviewed by Luke on Feb 09, 2015   1 out of 5

This sword sucks! The blade isn't sharp at all and it bent when I tested it on a 2 liter bottle of water. The fittings are loose and the wrapping on the handle isn't tight at all. I wouldn't pay 50 bucks for another one. It is the worst sword I have ever bought. Don't waste your money on it. I'm never buying another piece of **** shinwa again. They suck!

Not Bad! Reviewed by todd on Feb 04, 2015   5 out of 5

I really like this sword, it was what I was looking for. Didn't want to spend a ton to get a sharp, practical back up goto defense weapon. But great job, what a bargain, and for that 5 stars!

"Impressive Blade, Weak Adhesive" Reviewed by Hunter What on Feb 01, 2015   4 out of 5

The blade was exceptional, but the tsuka quickly became unwrapped when the adhesive failed. I re-wrapped and will re-glue, but the adhesive was a major letdown.

Reviewed by Cmdr Iceman on Jan 20, 2015   5 out of 5

I own this sword and all I can say is it's is amazing. When you hold it in your hand you can feel that it is solidly built, it has a certian heft to it that the mall replicas do not. The sword gives you the impression that it can destroy nearly anything you throw at it. I love the black Damascus steel with the red accents, making the sword look as it if were forged in the fires of Hell itself. But I like the black blade because it doesnt reflect light like a shiny blade. The tsuba is both rugged and elegant. Just in case there really is a zombie apocalypse or proonged civil unrest having this sword at your side is a no brainer.

shinwa black night Reviewed by nick on Jan 10, 2015   4 out of 5

went thru water jugs and thick walled shipping tubes very easy very impressed

Reviewed by David Holland on Jan 09, 2015   5 out of 5

I just got mine today and for 100 bucks it's worth every penny, mine doesn't rattle at all I love it, the only thing i can say negative is they could do a better job honing the blade, while wiping with a quad you can feel it catch in some spots easy fix though. conclusion I will be buying many more swords from shinwa and this company.

Alright Reviewed by Marco on Dec 16, 2014   3 out of 5

Not real Damascus Steel. Not sharp. Looks nice.

Battle Ready Reviewed by Antwoine on Jul 01, 2014   4 out of 5

As usual...the sword arrived in a couple of days. The katana was sharp....and battle ready. After using the sword,I quickly became a Damascus fan for life. Looking to purchase the double-edged version,soon.

Zombie Ready Reviewed by Matt on May 07, 2014   5 out of 5

Received it pretty quickly. Love the feel, weight and look. I am now Zombie apocalypse ready!! My only complaint is that its not very sharp

Alright Reviewed by Jon on May 06, 2014   3 out of 5

Revived this katana pretty quickly. It looks really nice. The only complaint is that it is not sharp. Mine was actually really dull and didnt have an edge to it at all.

Great sword Reviewed by Lane on Mar 11, 2014   4 out of 5

Awesome sword aside from the square tsuba and being a straight blade I love it. If you plan on taking it apart from the hilt be prepared for a battle because the handle is really on there.

Wall hanger Reviewed by Devin on Mar 09, 2014   3 out of 5

When I got this sword I was surprised by how pretty the blade was. The blade is not very sharp and the overall quality is not that great. Makes a very nice wall hanger.

Beyond my expectations Reviewed by Christopher on Mar 04, 2014   5 out of 5

I wanted to pick up a decent sword that I could use to practice cutting with before I invested in a more expensive collector's quality sword. I don't need a more expensive sword. This has exceeded my expectations 10 fold. I've handled $2000 swords that didn't have this weight, balance, natural fit to my grip or edge. I don't often use street vernacular, but this is one bad mofo. I've had it for 14 months and only polished the edge the day I got it. It's gone through bamboo, hog and deer like they weren't even there. I oil mine once a month so can't say that I've ever seen any oxidation on the blade as I've seen in other comments. If you take care of her, she will most definitely take care of you. Very highly recommend to all skill levels. To the young folks, this is not a toy but if there ever were a zombie rabies/flu hybrid virus outbreak.... you'd be set. 1 - 10, I give my sword an easy 11.

Finally!!! Reviewed by Kurtis on Mar 02, 2014   5 out of 5

I have really been wanting this sword for a long time but it was out of stock for the longest but now I finally have it. I've been a collector knives and swords for 2 years now and this sword is now my favorite

Very good sword. Reviewed by Greg on Feb 23, 2014   4 out of 5

Very good quality sword. Better than I expected, and it is a 2,000 layer Damascus steel sword. As expected, the steel is carbon steel, so it needs good care and oil to prevent rusting. But that is how Damascus steel is, so this is not a real problem. I wonder why no one makes a Damascus steel sword using stainless steel. There may be a technical reason.

Truly Authentic Reviewed by Justin B. on Jan 16, 2014   5 out of 5

Wow, what a great buy. This is truly an authentic Damascus steel sword. Very strong, and it has every element that a real katana should have minus the curve. The only thing is it's length. It's too long to wear on your back but other than that, there's no way anyone can be disappointed with this sword. This is definitely not a toy and not for the fool who just wants to swing a sword around. Razor Sharp. This is the real F*****g deal.

Great sword but some flaws Reviewed by Chacka on Dec 20, 2013   3 out of 5

Sword was a beauty and very cheap but the blade wasn't that sharp out of the box and when sharpened the edge didn't hold. a great wall hanger but not as fully functional as advertised.

Sweet Reviewed by Bowie Fan on Sep 13, 2013   5 out of 5

I find nothing to fault in this sword. It is beautiful, heavy, and sharp. Well worth what I paid for it.

MUST HAVE! Reviewed by Johnny H on Jul 25, 2013   5 out of 5

Was a lil hesitant at first and skeptical after I bought It. But once it arived I quickly changed my mind! Beautiful blade and look solid, and heavy. Holding this blade makes you feel like you are a beast! Only wish it was a solid full tang. But a great buy all the same. It is currently sitting on top of my custom display wraped in the sleeve it came with. Though was hoping for the display case and booklet in the featured video. But I can understand why it didn't at the price.

Great ninja sword for low price Reviewed by Michael Kelly on Jul 22, 2013   4 out of 5

I have to say that the first thing I like is the fact that even two days after the penny shipping deal should have ended, I was still able to use the code. I also like the fact that when I first got the sword, I took it apart easily and found it to be as it was described and as any real Japanese blade should be. Full tang, real damascus steel, strong, slightly flexible, and already sharp enough to cut an 11" thick tree, and great handle wrapping.

Feel the Power! Reviewed by Traveler on Jun 28, 2013   5 out of 5

Holding this blade in your hands you can feel the power surging through your body. Value well beyond the discounted price of under $100. Can't imagine a better buy anywhere else on the planet. Warning: Not for playful fools. This blade can inflict mortal injury on the novice.

PARADISE ONMYMIND Reviewed by BRUCE JAMES on Jun 10, 2013   5 out of 5

This is one of the most elegant weapons I have held in a long time... The balance, feel of it in my hands and the over all splendor is superb... NOW FOR THE SHARPENING STONE AND SURVIVAL KITS!!!!!!!!!

Damaging results Reviewed by Psychofreek on May 18, 2013   5 out of 5

This katana does a h**l of a lot of damage. Enough said.

Mission accomplished Reviewed by Brian on Dec 07, 2012   4 out of 5

Slices Great, tree in back yard dead, father mad, mission accomplished! threat of zombie apples neutralized

Great sword Reviewed by dakotah h on Jan 06, 2012   5 out of 5

It's an awesome sword. Its pretty sharp out of the box, but could be a little more sharp. All in all 10/10.

Descent katana Reviewed by jody on Dec 20, 2011   3 out of 5

OK I'm a huge katana collector and the sword looks great and is pretty sharp but it is not full tang and is advertised as battle ready if it isn't full tang its not battle ready, close but not quite, it is a nice display sword, one other thing is how I received the item with no original box no shinwa tag and not even a care kit, it did come with the black sword bag. I do recall the kit mention and saw the tag in the video.

Great potential, to many mistakes Reviewed by Azullion on Dec 10, 2011   3 out of 5

My compliments. The Blade itself is beautiful and strong, The scabbard has a polished finish that I was scared to put a single finger print on, and the handle wrap is flawless. My Complaints. The blade is upside down in the hilt, it is super dull, and cannot cut cloth, Gold lettering on both sides of the blade ruins the blades beauty, and is only a half tang blade. I hate to say that this blade will not go into my collection.

Katana Reviewed by Skrier on Aug 25, 2011   3 out of 5

When I got this sword I was so excited, then I played with it a bit and found out it was half tang instead of full tang like it said on most Shinwa swords. So it is no more then a decoration instead of a fully functional sword. Oh well still awesome to look at.

good overall Reviewed by Dragoon17415 on May 24, 2011   4 out of 5

it's a good overall sword came sharp made it sharper the only thing i didn't like is the orange streak on the bottom but o well i can't complain.

Excellent Katana Reviewed by Kolean on May 11, 2011   5 out of 5

This is my favorite Katana thus far. Excellent quality and very cool look. Shinwa is a professional brand and delivers excellent quality swords for very reasonable prices. This sword could easily cost a lot more, but it is great that anyone can get such great quality for this price. Be careful with storing your Katana in high humidity areas, the wood scabbard will swell and it will be VERY difficult to take out the Katana. I had a very difficult time when that happened to me. All in All, if your looking for a COOL- FUNCTIONAL- EXCELLENT QUALITY- then get this.

Pretty good Reviewed by tybo725 on Oct 16, 2010   3 out of 5

I got this sword about a year ago as a gift and i loved it but the only problem is that the blade is only half tang on it so if u hit anything with and kind of force it is likely to break the handle but other than that it is an amazing sword.

Well worth the price Reviewed by Odjn_SIN on Aug 21, 2010   4 out of 5

Where do I begin? First off, the sword is a straight blade, perfect for me because I'm proficient at a side stance. Its lightweight and extremely durable. It doesn't rattle like some katanas I've used. I put it through a few water bottle tests before I stepped up to the bamboo test. It performed superb. However I had to use two hands the cut the bamboo fully in two, but after taking a whetstone to it and some TLC, I can now effectively cut bamboo in two using only one hand.

pretty good Reviewed by Charlene Napier on Jul 07, 2010   3 out of 5

This is a great sword. It came pretty sharp but could be sharper. It feels really good. Heavy blade and high quality though it does not have the lined look to it. The handle broke in two places first right under the guard and second at the end. easily fixed by removing the cord wrapping and then duct taping a little then rewrapping.

Pure awesome Reviewed by JC2200 on May 11, 2010   5 out of 5

I ordered this sword a few months ago as my first fully functional katana, and I was so excited. It came within three days of ordering it, I was so shocked! Although my blade was red and black damascus, I still don't care. I thought a few days about returning it, but the more I held it and kept it, the more I fell in love with it.

Shinwa Black Knight Damascus Sword Reviewed by Robert Matthews on Feb 25, 2010   5 out of 5

This sword looks & feels great, Excellent Quality for the price. If I didn't know it , I would say its in the $500 price range. I would buy another Shinwa no questions asked. Editor's Note: Thank you for your comments. We have updated the review to reflect the appropriate spelling.

Unbeatable Reviewed by Ron on Nov 28, 2008   5 out of 5

This really is the best katana I've ever owned. It may be a bit expensive, but it is worth every penny; trust me.