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Cold Steel 88BKW Warrior Series Katana 29-1/4" Carbon Steel Blade

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Part Number: CS88BKW
Manufacturer: Cold Steel Knives
Retail Price: $589.99
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CS88BKW: Warrior Series | Katana
Cold Steel

The Japanese swords of the Emperor Series have proven, since their initial introduction almost five years ago, to be quite popular with many of our customers. Still, we are aware that there are some people who want a battle ready sword but hope to find one at a more affordable price. Our Warrior Series addresses this problem directly. In our efforts to reduce the costliness of the blades, we have omitted the expensive mirror polishing that we used on our Emperor Swords to create a new series of Japanese swords with a more practical finish.

The Warrior Series swords are very handsome in their own right and share the same steel, heat treatment, and sharpness as their more expensive Emperor counterparts. Like the Emperor swords, they have Samé covered, cord wrapped handles and quality fittings. If you're in the market for a strong, good looking, reasonably priced Japanese sword we know you'll be happy to own one of these. All come complete with a BLACK LACQUERED SCABBARD and a BLUE/VIOLET COVER BAG.
  • Item Number: 88BKW
  • Name: Warrior Series (Katana)
  • Blade Length: 29-1/4"
  • Overall Length: 40-1/2"
  • Steel: 1055 Carbon
  • Weight: 41.4 oz
  • Handle: 11-1/4" Samé (Ray Skin) Handle w/ Black Braid & Brass Menuki
  • Scabbard: Black Lacquered Wood Scabbard

UPC Code: 705442006534

4.727 (11 reviews)
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Donovan J.
Wahiawa, Hi
Dec 20, 2014
Pros: Materials, Usable, Handle Material, Blade Material, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, Finish
Working Sword
Love the fact that it comes with a cloth bag. At first I said 'Where's the edge?' then I found it with my finger. . . ouch. Pricing is appropriate for the fact that it lacks the mirror polish, but I will be getting the Emperor sword to alleviate that. Highly recommend for anyone looking for a katana to swing around without having to worry too much about its welfare. It sticks a little though, when fully sheathed. Samurai make it look too easy to pull out and butcher people with.
5 out of 5
Mar 18, 2014
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Finish, Overall Quality, Blade Material, Usable, Materials, None
Cons: Handle Material
Fantastic!! Love it. Could not have asked for a better product
5 out of 5
Austin, TX
Mar 06, 2014
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Usable, Overall Quality, Blade Material, Materials, None
Cons: Handle Material, Finish
Awesome Katana
Ok it took me a while to save up for one of these bad boys. This sword kicks butt. 1055 is a perfect balance for a non damascus steel and it is slightly weighty, but overall the razor sharp sword does the job. This is one of the few products that I give a 5 to. Seriously there are some issues but just about all can be conquered. 1) taking apart the handle requires a home made took to remove it. It is on there seriously tight and one would need a sand hammer and a wood frame to knock it off. Seriously a lot of work whereas other swords you can just remove it by removing the pins. Yes, this would prevent any slop in the handle, but then again a well made blade won't have that. 2) The sword comes completely unpolished, which actually is fine by me, but leaving it that way, the sword oxidizes way to fast. But the good part is you can polish the blade and give it a mirror finish that would marvel the more expensive Cold Steel swords. Once polished, you will find the blade is much more resistant to oxidation and requires less to almost no oil on the blade in comparison. The blade overall came sharp, but yes, a little sharpening on a good ole Arkansas whet stone will resolve that issue. Overall a kickass sword and would recommend it to anyone.
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