Shikoto Shikyo Handmade Katana / Samurai Sword - Hand Forged 1045 Carbon Steel; Engraved Bushido Code Kanji, Twin Fullers - Iron Tsuba, Genuine Ray Skin, Leather - Functional, Battle Ready, Full Tang

$166.99   $309.99
  4.6 ( 16 reviews)

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  • Shikyo slashes to the beat of its own drum - smart accents and spectacular features you won't find on any other sword, at any price
  • Full tang 29 1/2" 1045 high carbon steel blade hand forged by expert smiths using proven, centuries-old techniques; accented with twin fullers, engraved kanji
  • Stamped blade kanji translate to ""rectitude, courage, benevolence, respect, honesty, honor and loyalty" - the "Seven Virtues" of the Bushido Code.
  • Iron, leather and steel: a warrior's potpourri - flawlessly cast iron tsuba, kashira with unique relief designs; trades typical cord for genuine leather ito
  • Hardwood handle wrapped in genuine ray skin same for classic look, grip; offset by brilliant brass menuki; traditional mekugi
  • Hand lacquered wooden saya protects blade; embellished with classic sageo
  • Overall length: 43 1/8" - big, bad and capable; the ultimate full-sized samurai sword


Pays homage to tradition but yields a sword experience like no other
Shikoto's “Shikyo" Katana is both savagely beautiful and beautifully savage - a rare fusion of exquisite visual allure and raw power. It bears the hallmarks of swords priced orders of magnitude higher - expert design, precision engineering, quality steel, distinctive appointments and more. But the Shikyo needn't be - nay, can't be - compared to any other sword, as it boasts features you won't find anywhere else, as well as a wielding experience and charm all its own. It's a veritable swordcraft goldmine, never ceasing to yield rich sword-wielding experiences from the moment you first grasp the rustic leather-bound tsuka to your inaugural cut and every time you brandish it beyond.

Made of blood, sweat, tears, and premium 1045 carbon steel
The heart, soul and teeth of the Shikyo is its formidable tanto blade. Shikoto's master smiths diligently hand forge each one from premium 1045 high carbon steel, using many of the same ingenious, time honored techniques and the same painstaking attention to detail employed by their ancient forebears. Making a Shikyo blade is a slow, laborious process, but examine this steel masterwork closely or - better still, experience it in action - and you'll agree it's well worth the extra time and effort. With its exquisite finishing accents, however, a glance is all it takes to realize the Shikyo blade is truly special - set apart from all other blades, even the most expensive.

Seven Bushido virtues. Only one Shikyo.
Distinctive kanji are engraved just below the habaki, translating to "rectitude, courage, benevolence, respect, honesty, honor and loyalty." These represent the "Seven Virtues" of the Bushido Code. Twin fullers run along the spine, adding a sense of class and visual charm. Just as 16th century Japanese swordsmiths marked their blade tangs with a unique signature, the Shikyo blade's tang bears an identifying insignia exclusive to Shikoto blades - ensuring authenticity and exacting quality standards. It's a stately finishing touch, but you don't need any mark to assure you of the Shikyo’s potency and quality; experience it for yourself, and you’ll know beyond a shadow of doubt.

Proven time and again, but the most important test is the one you administer
Developed with the serious swordsman in mind, the Shikyo slices cleanly and effortlessly through rolled tatami mats, thick bamboo and other tameshigi. Shinwa’s exceptional tempering truly proves its worth in trials like these, as it allows the Shikyo to retain its carefully honed, razor sharp edge through even extended cutting sessions. Furthermore, the Shikyo’s weight is shrewdly distributed to maximize swinging momentum and power, blow after devastating blow. This impeccable balance also improves control and responsiveness, allowing for greater agility and flexibility in combat.

“Barbarian-chic” mashup of rustic leather and rugged iron
The delicately textured genuine ray skin same and distinctive leather ito that cloak the tsuka afford a comfortable, no-slip grip that not only furthers the Shikyo’s superb feel; it also enhances its distinctive visual appeal, as well. Leather affords an intriguing contrast to the fabric cord that typically encircles traditional tsukas. Flawlessly cast from iron like Katana of ages past, the tsuba and kashira both sublimely offset the rustic leather. Both are embellished with wicked-chic reliefs comprised of sleek, interlocking lines and other eye-catching patterns. A classic brass menuki is nestled between leather ito and ray skin same - a gleaming counterpoint to the matte iron and hushed hues that make up the tsuka.

"Shikyo" translates to “death,” but it’s built to last multiple lifetimes
The Shikyo has proven itself time and again, and it holds its own against any of today's most 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 Shikoto's Shikyo Katana for yourself? No matter how you use it, with proper care you can enjoy it for a lifetime, then pass it down to your children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren! This heirloom-quality masterwork is built to be treasured by generations of your descendants - your legacy preserved in hand forged steel.

Customer Reviews | Average Rating: 4.56 out of 5

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Wayne Cridland
Feb 14, 2017
(5 out of 5)
Great sword

I received this as a gift. The sword came as advertised. It was not damaged and the packaging was good. It came sharp and lightly oiled. The blade is well balanced and it "moves" well during use. Very good for the price and quality. Would buy again and from this company.

Nathan Cantu
Oct 08, 2016
(5 out of 5)

This sword is awesome! Great feel to it. The leather cord wrapping feels very comfortable in the hand. The blade is razor sharp and the balance is great too. I'm very very pleased with this sword! If anyone is skeptical in buying I'll tell you it's a great sword for the price. Definitely don't pass this one up!

Robert Gamble
Oct 10, 2015
(5 out of 5)
Great Sword

I have bought many swords over the years, this one is one of the very best, strong and sharp out of the box, this sword could last a hundred years fine detail.

Manuel Chavez
Sep 11, 2015
(4 out of 5)
loose Habaki

Just got this sword in the mail now, and the Habaki (Blade Collar) was loose, you could hear it clicking agianst the blade, over all this is a nice sword, but it needs to be inspected before shipping out. i was able to tighten the habaki, but still would rather have had not to, anyway i will give this a 4.5 due to loose parts.


Aug 15, 2015
(5 out of 5)
my opinion

Fantastic work . Thanks for the artisans of united cultery for crafting this beautiful work of art. Keep your blades true and people will be true to you.


Aug 09, 2015
(5 out of 5)
Shikoto Katana Sword 1045 Carbon Steel

the best sword you can buy made by united cutery


Jul 30, 2015
(5 out of 5)
A Real Sword

I've just got my Shikoto sword recently and like some others, was blown away! Not being a perfecta ado of the arts of swordsmanship or martial arts, have a love of blades & have my share of cheap or so-so blades/swords, mostly cool novelties ! This beauty is one that a novice can be proud of and can count on when hand combat rears it's ugly head! Mine, after examining closely is flawless & feels like swords I've seen at over twice this price point or better. Nice having the Bushido code also engraved & nicely done. Handle, fittings, etc. are all tight, hardwood scabbard & finish was mirror finish perfect & nice wrap. Some say the weight is a tad heavy, I like this as in combat this will finish your blows & wear down your opponent, if your not a whimp & can handle a little more blade. Edge came sufficiently Sharp! This is no toy! This will serve me just fine & take me on in to the other side! Best I've seen yet for the price offered! Get ya some and May you live up to Bushido Code stamped on the blade!

Frank Zelinski
Jul 27, 2015
(1 out of 5)

Was blown away with this piece! Very NICE blade , once cleaned of plastic and oil, fell in lust with this CS wonder!!! Though a little heavy, excellent starter Katana or collectors item, could not make up my mind, so I just ordered another today!

Kwangho Kim
Jun 30, 2015
(4 out of 5)
Shikoto Battle Forged United Cutlery Black Shikyo 1045 Carbon Steel

There are a lot of mixed reviews about the United Cutlery Black Shikyo. Here is an unbiased, reliable, customer review. When the Shikyo arrived, the very first thing I noticed was that the handle and fittings were all very tight, no slack or move at all. The Shikyo is notorious for having a saya scabbard, that is a hard fit but mine came perfect. Upon removing the blade from the sheath, the sword came wrapped in a plastic wrap to keep the sword oiled I believe. The blade itself is very straight, the balance of the blade rests 4 fingers away from the gaurd but the quality for the price is a steal in my opinion and compared to other full tang swords around the same price range. The blade does come sharp but not extremely sharp, If you are a beginner or looking for a great quality sword for a low budget the Shikyo is definitely a gem. The only problem I had and the only reason why this sword is not 5 star quality is because the 2 wooden pegs that hold the blade in the handle were not properly installed. Both of them were sticking out quite a bit and I could not remove the 2nd peg. Eventually I will so I can properly inspect the blade and care for it. Overall 4/5 stars. Great quality for an extremely low price I highly recommend this sword to any beginner or any enthusiast on a budget. The shikyo is a beautiful, sturdy katana that will not break like any other katanas around the price range. Get yours today!

ray blundell
May 08, 2015
(5 out of 5)
shikoto united black 1045 katana

I really like the fittings,they are all tight.Love the tsuba,like it's size.The suka or handle-leather is fairly tight,mekui pegs centered correct no gaps.Sheath is similar to my ronin dojo modles with out the bull horn.The blade is nice love the dubble bo/hi,maybe light to medum nuki on blade.The engraving on blade look great.Have cut 5 beach matts with pool nuddle inside which is about 6 1/2 wide no probem plus numerous water bottles.The price 99.98 was a steal,very happy with purchase.

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