When you own a Shinwa, you have a sword that has been meticulously hand-forged using ancient, time-honored tempering techniques that give it a custom, one-of-a-kind look and feel. The Shinwa Golden Warrior Katana is another fine example of the artistry you can only get with a hand-forged sword. The keenly sharp, 28 1/2” blade is hand-forged of 1045 carbon steel with a gold finish, and it extends from a solid, brass habaki. The handle is wrapped in faux ray skin and gold cord-wrap and the handguard and pommel are metal alloy with a gold finish. The 40” overall katana slides securely into a black lacquered wooden scabbard, which has a gold cord-wrap accent. Shinwa swords have a quality standard like no other and you won't find a more functional or beautiful katana at this price!