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. Crafted by expert swordsmiths, the Shinwa WhirlWind Katana is another fine example of the artistry you only get with a hand-forged sword. The keenly sharp, 28” blade is hand-forged of 1060 carbon steel with a burned finish and brown coating, and it extends from an engraved brass habaki. The handle is wrapped in genuine white ray skin and black cord-wrap and the petaled handguard is solid brass with black accents. The 41” overall katana slides securely into a black lacquered wooden scabbard, which has a gold spiderweb design. Shinwa swords have a quality standard like no other and you won’t find a more functional or beautiful katana at this price!