Shinwa ScarletFang Handmade Shirasaya / Samurai Sword - Double-Edged Blade; Exclusive Hand Forged Black Damascus Steel; Red Hand Lacquered Hardwood - Functional, Battle Ready, Ninja Sleek - Full Tang

$152.99   $110.98
  4.8 ( 9 reviews)

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Part #:46 KZ351MDD
  • Sleek, clean design stands out in any display or collection, even amongst lavishly adorned, sumptuously appointed custom swords - a must-have for any collector
  • Double-edged, full tang 29" black Damascus steel blade - painstakingly hand forged by seasoned swordsmiths using proven, centuries-old techniques
  • Innovative, exclusive process puts “black” in “black Damascus” - result is blade with brooding dark beauty without equal
  • Fluid design with seamless lines from from kashira to saya base; discreet and stealthy; unique and eye-catching
  • Tough hardwood handle and saya, both with elegant, satiny smooth hand-lacquered finish
  • Hand lacquered wooden saya joins seamlessly with likewise-finished handle; protects blade, imparts elegance
  • Overall length: 40" - easy to wield, easy to transport, hard to put down

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Sleek, clean minimalist style; maximum ferocity and function
Shinwa’s sleek, eye-catching “ScarletFang” Shirasaya Sword undeniably stands apart from the rest and is a must-have for any serious sword collector. Amongst even the finest, most ornate katana, wakizashi and other common Japanese sword styles, this alluringly clean, no-frills sword is an immediate standout, sure to draw attention and spark lively conversation. The traditional shirasaya configuration’s satiny smooth lines, unique staff-like shape and hand-lacquered hardwood construction all make for a beautiful example of Japanese swordcraft’s diverse design variety and vast aesthetic range. Though its roots stretch back centuries, for most, the shirasaya represents a fresh, intriguing departure from the katana-like image ingrained in the popular imagination: ray skin and cord-wrapped tsuka, ornate guard, sageo accented saya and the like. But, interesting and alluring as the fluid, polished exterior may be, don’t forget - this sword is equal parts “silk” and “fang.” As such, the “silky” smooth saya conceals a potent pair of “fangs” - two carefully honed edges on a menacing black Damascus steel blade.

Traditional Japanese swordcraft with an edge - two edges, to be precise
More than “fang,” this capable, doule-edged full tang blade is also the seductively dark soul of the ScarletFang and no less than modern hand forged bladecraft at its pinnacle. It slices effortlessly and pierces cleanly through even the most challenging materials and, retaining both of its fine edges through even the most brutal trials. Breathtaking, downright bewitching and undeniably unique, the ScarletFang blade’s beauty is every bit as razor sharp as the edges, piercing 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.”

Every ScarletFang blade emboldened and enhanced by blood, sweat and tears
The ScarletFang’s distinctive black Damascus steel blade 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 ScarletFang 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 ScarletFang 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! 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 ScarletFang blade.

Experience Damascus steel…after dark
As if that weren’t enough, Shinwa adds its own innovative modern twist to the ScarletFang blade - an exclusive, closely guarded secret process that imparts its brooding dark hue; 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 ScarletFang is one of a relative few to feature it. Furthermore, like a steel snowflake or fingerprint, the patterning on no two ScarletFang blades is exactly alike.

Simplicity, value and function outshine gaudy frills, showy appointments and luxury price tags
Uniqueness is becoming an ever-scarcer quality in today’s sword industry. Every sword maker tries to outdo the rest with intricate, over-the-top ornamentation accented with rare, precious materials like abalone or ebony. In a marketplace crowded with gaudy, expensively swords adorned in showy, ultrapremium finery, how does any modern sword collector keep up? What sword will truly embolden any collection or display with a genuine sense of originality and fresh appeal without costing a small fortune? The seemingly paradoxical answer: trade flashy, over-the-top frills for clean, simple form. Shinwa’s ScarletFang Shirasaya is the simple standout that comes fully loaded - with value, sleek minimalist style, real-world effectiveness and genuine handcrafted substance.

Customer Reviews | Average Rating: 4.78 out of 5

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Will Lopez
Feb 04, 2019
(5 out of 5)
Gorgeous, functional weapon

Pros: Comes in an attractive, fabric-wrapped sword box with a silk lined (I think) sword bag inside. Blade weight/thickness is just the right balance between power and speed. Has two very decent edges out of the box, as well as a wicked point. The black Damascus blade is absolutely beautiful, and complements the red lacquer saya and tsuka perfectly. Saya and tsuka are shiny, smooth and in the same line, making this sword look sleek and generally awesome no matter how you use or display it. I haven't done too much with it because it's so pretty, but it cuts through tin cans and bottles of all types like they're not even there and could definitely take care of business if you needed it. Cons: Has a "Handcrafted in China" stamped near the base of the blade, which is a little annoying. At least on mine, the sword can only be sheathed with the blade facing one way, or the edge of the saya will be slightly off-true with the handle. I guess the mouth of the saya is a little unevenly carved. The inside of the sheath has a tendency to get wood shavings on the blade when you draw it, but that got better with time. Overall, the Scarlet Fang is a gorgeous weapon that will do equally well cutting or hanging on your wall, and getting it for $70 is straight up robbery.

William Alvin
Nov 12, 2018
(5 out of 5)
Great Deal

Really nice steel. Great finish on the forge welded Damascus, and the red lacquer on the wood is smooth and flawless. The Shinwa logo is printed on the blade near the handle, that's fine, but "made in China" is printed right underneath. I would like to polish the printing off, however I don't want to remove the black Damascus acid finish.

Randy Smith
Jun 16, 2017
(5 out of 5)
Very nice blade

Recevied mine today 2 days earlier than expected this is a very nice sword very sharp right out of the box everything is nice and tight very hapoy with it

Jon Ebner
Apr 13, 2017
(5 out of 5)
Shinwa Black Damascus Red Shirasaya Sword

Shinwa Black Damascus Red Samurai Shirasaya Sword. I was skeptical at first but when I pulled the sword out of the box, I fell in love with it. It's just what I was expecting for the price. The blade was really dirty when I pulled it out of the box, I will clean the blade and oil it tomorrow. I was some what disappointed with the sharpness of the blade but that can be taken care of also......For the price you can't go wrong!


Nov 25, 2016
(5 out of 5)
The Sword for a Swordsmen

This sword is an awesome buy & in the hands of a swordsman , it is most definitely a MANKILLER!! As one who has again "picked up the sword", I am fully prepared to Kill if necessary. The quality of the blade is a tribute to Swordmaking!! And it is because of this quality, I have been inspired to buy more of the Shinwa Swords.

aaron waltz
Jan 16, 2016
(5 out of 5)
very very pleased!

For starters for the money you absolutely cant go wrong... It is a very very nice sword, it has a solid feeling and well finished... Theres no rattles or bad gaps, And the Handle and saya finish is deep and glossy and is flawless I'm very surprised and impressed with the craftmanship of this piece. I really was not expecting it to be of this level of quality for the price i expected it to be just decent not great. There is one big problem and that is it is so beautiful i dont want to use it! So its going on the sword rack on display next to my Hanwei and Ronin and others, its defiantly worthy of hanging next to swords of much higher prices. Did i mention its drop dead beautiful!

Prof.D.Shelton Parker
Sep 19, 2014
(4 out of 5)
True Review

I would have given this 5 stars, if it had not a saya that that was so loose the blade fell out. But, I do have a fix for this problem. Coat the bare wood inside the saya with SUPER GLUE. Be very careful to keep the glue inside the saya. You may have to do this more than once to build it up to the point the blade will not fall out. Do not put the blade in before it is dry ! If you do, it will never come out.

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Sep 21, 2013
(4 out of 5)
Always wanted one of these

I'm glad I waited for what I really wanted in a Katoshi sword cane. Love the red, and I must say that the blade is more red than black, but that looks great with the wood. This sword was not as sharp as the other shinwa blades I own and that was mildly disapointing, so no 5 stars. Beautiful but will need a little sharpning.

Jun 13, 2013
(5 out of 5)
Shinwa Red Nodachi Black Damascus

If you are looking for a real funtional Chinese Sword (although it's said Japanese), this is it. It will be a sword you will be pround to own with very affordable price.

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