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Cold Steel Wakazashi Dragon Fly Series Samurai Sword 22" 1055 Carbon Steel Blade Ray Skin Handle with Teal Cord, Brass Menuki, Black Lacquered Wood Sheath 88DW

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Cold Steel, founded in 1980, is dedicated to making the strongest, sharpest knives in the world. For the past 30 years Cold Steel has been designing and manufacturing some of the finest, most durable knives available. Without a doubt a Cold Steel Blade should be in on your belt, in your pack, or in your hand at all times.

The classic Japanese battle sword in all its incarnations has been celebrated for centuries, not only for its elegant lines and simple beauty, but also for the technique and skill that went into its construction.

Most swords offered today are interpretive copies of antiquities from feudal Japan. They were made for warrior's of small stature who seldom rose above five and a half feet. As skillfully designed as these swords are, they may not be perfectly suited for the twenty first century warrior, who benefited from contemporary advances in childhood nutrition and healthcare and grew up to be a substantially taller, stronger, and more athletic version of his historical counterpart.

As a way of compensating for this size disparity, Cold Steel has created the Dragonfly Series. These swords feature thicker, wider and heavier blades, which mirror our Emperor Series in respect to heat treatment, polish, quality of furnishings, and attention to detail, but with a few new departures.

Most noticeable are the distinctive teal-green silk cord-wrap and black sam (ray skin) used on the handles and the black iron furniture that bears the dragonfly motif. Also, the polished blades are more strongly curved than our Emperor blades and terminate in a long "iris leaf" point for maximum cutting and slashing potential. Additionally, these swords come with two protective bags. There is a BLUE TRAVEL BAG and an intricately decora tive display bag that's made from the finest heavy silk metallic brocade.

Specifications and Features:
Blade Length: 22"
Overall Length: 31.5"
Steel: 1055 Carbon
Weight: 27.4 oz
Handle: 9.5" Sam (Ray Skin) Handle with Teal Green Cord and Brass Menuki
Scabbard: Black Lacquered Wood Scabbard

Item#: 9-42628
Total number of Reviews: 1

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"The first thing I noticed about this sword is the discrepancy in the description of the sheath & what it actually is. It is NOT black lacquered wood- it's some type of rubbery composite material. It's not bad, just atypical. At least it provides a good grip- which is needed, because the sheath grips the sword rather hard & I needed to pull forcefully just to get the sword free of the sheath. The blade of this sword is impressive- razor sharp & capable of shaving or cutting paper right out of the box. Very much a lethal weapon. My biggest problem with it is the sheath, and the handle. The handle is just cheaply made- you can feel it. I don't expect that the teal cord would stay wrapped around it very long if it was given regular use. Also, it comes with a silky cloth bag for storage, rather than a stand like it should. Bottom line is, you can't get a real decent sword for $350 bucks, but you can get this one- and you can put it to lethal purpose if needed. IMHO, I'm guessing no true sword fighter would be caught dead carrying this thing; lucky for me I'm just a guy who likes samurai swords, not a swordsman. But next time I'm going for higher quality at a higher price."