The COLD STEEL factory has used only traditional materials for their Japanese swords fittings. The Tsuba (guard), Fuchi (collar), and Kashira (pommel), are expertly made and finely crafted in nickel-silver brass.
The Habaki (blade collar) is hand made out of nickel-silver brass and each hilt is covered in Samé (ray skin) and tightly wrapped in the traditional style with black silk cord. A beautiful Menuki (a small ornamental sculpture inserted between the ray skin and the cord wrappings on the handle) enhances the sword's aesthetic appearance and makes for a sword that is as traditional looking as we can possibly make it.
All feature fully sharpened 1055 carbon steel blades, each heat treated to a spring temper. The blade surface is then given a careful polish by hand, with a distinctive mirror polish applied to the fuller (blood groove). All come complete with a BLACK LACQUERED SCABBARD and a BLUE-VIOLET COVER BAG.
• Blade Length: 29 1/2" • Overall Length: 40 3/4" • Blade Steel: 1055 Carbon • Point of Balance:2 1/4" • Weight: 41.4 oz • Scabbard: Black Lacquered Wood • Handle: 11 1/4" Samé (Ray Skin) Handle w/ Black Silk Braid Cord w/ Brass Menuki
Specs will vary slightly from piece to piece
•Emperor Double Edge Katana88DEC •Emperor Series Katana88K • Emperor Series Wakizashi88W
*WARNING: Contents May Be Too Extreme For Some Viewers.
COLD STEEL video:
Emperor Series : 88W O Tanto, 88DEC Double Edge Katana, 88K Katana, and 88WWakizashi.
Cold Steel demonstrates the toughness of their blades in rugged field testing of various types of targets, many of which intended to show extreme conditions and not reflect normal use of the product being demonstrated. The type of cutting shown in these videos should never be attempted by those who do not have professional training in handling a sword, sharp weapon or cutting instrument.