Please NOTE: This listing is for a second quality (scratch & dent) sword. All second quality swords we sell are functionally up to standard but with cosmetic defects such as; blade rubs / scratches, dents / chips / scratches in saya finish, etc. Please see the photos above to see a representation of the issue. However the sword you receive may not be the one photoed above. Send us an email if you have any questions.
The Shi Shi dogs, or lion dogs, were believed to be ancient guardians against evil and were often seen in pairs. No better motif could be thought of for this blade configuration featuring our forged and folded Swedish powered steel katana. Regardless of the blade or tsuka (handle) length, each is hand-wrapped in tender doeskin ito over samekawa (black dyed ray skin) allowing for a comfortable grip.
The golden menuki feature a peony blossom, a symbol of bravery and honor, which is mirrored on the kozuka (knife). The Shi Shi are paired on the tsuba and also on the fuchi and kashira. A very detailed Rain Pattern is detailed on the habaki with a nakako design on the fuchi, tsuba, koshira and kogia. Nanako is a design of symmetrically placed dots to give the surface a uniform texture to change how it reflects the light. The Shi Shi are highlighted in the Golden color on the textured surface throughout this piece.
A dark brown laquered saya sheaths the folded steel blade featuring a gold-plated, lion dog kurikata with a black sageo. The golden lion dog kurikata is paired with the one on the nanako motif kojiri. An impressive and well thought out katana, which should please the practitioner as well as the collector.
Available in Sizes 31" Blade 15" tsuka, 29.5" Blade 14" or 28" Blade 13" Tsuka.