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The Shirasaya sword is a type of Japanese sword with a plain wooden scabbard and handle. It is commonly used by martial arts practitioners, collectors, and reenactors. The design of the shirasaya sword originated in the Edo period (1603-1868) when it was created as a storage method for swords while not in use. The simple design made it easy to store and transport, as well as allowing the sword to remain sharp for longer because of the lack of a leather scabbard and other components that are often necessary for a fully dressed katana.
The blade of this shirasaya is traditionally made from high-quality steel, with the hamon (temper line) etched into the blade. The blade is unadorned and no tsuba or guard are present, making it a truly minimalist design. The handle of the shirasaya is plain wood with an oiled finish, providing better grip and protection from moisture. The scabbard of the shirasaya is also plain wood and contains a small slot for securing the blade.
Shirasaya swords are ideal for cutting practice because of their simple design, light weight, and lack of ornamentation. It is also an excellent choice for sword collectors or martial artists to store their weapons when not in use, as it keeps them from becoming dull and increases the lifespan of the blade. For many, it is also a way to express appreciation for traditional Japanese swordsmanship in its most simple form.
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Average delivery time:
- USA & Canada: 7-14 days
- Europe: 7-14 days
- Rest of the World: 12-21 days
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Please note that our katanas are hand forged according to the Japanese tradition and know-how. Depending on the complexity of the model, our blacksmiths may require additional time to forge your Japanese sword.
10.4" | 26cm
1.26" | 3.2cm
10.4" | 26cm
40.3" | 103cm
Are katanas legal
It is perfectly legal to own a katana in the United States from the age of 18. Please note that each country has its own laws regarding the legality of owning a Katana. Please check your country's laws for more information.
Are katanas full tang
Yes, all our katanas are full tang, which means that the blade of the sword extends all the way through the handle and is secured with pegs or rivets. This construction provides a strong and balanced sword with good handling and durability.
Are katanas sharp
The katanas are sharpened by default. If you want a blunt katana, do not hesitate to contact our team.
Do you ship worldwide
We take great pride in crafting high-quality katanas and making them available to customers around the world. We offer worldwide shipping, so customers can order a katana from us no matter where they live.
To ensure a smooth delivery, we always recommend that our customers check the import regulations for katanas in their country before placing an order.
Any other question
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How the Shirasaya katana is forged
This iconic Japanese sword is traditionally forged using a meticulous and time-intensive process. The blade is typically made from a combination of iron sands and charcoal that has been smelted in a traditional furnace. The steel is then repeatedly heated, folded, and hammered to remove impurities and create a strong, durable blade with a sharp edge.
The resulting sword is not only a functional weapon, but also a work of art that embodies the rich cultural history of Japan.