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Cold Steel 88DK Dragonfly Katana 29-1/4" Carbon Steel Blade

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Part Number: CS88DK
Manufacturer: Cold Steel Knives
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CS88DK: 88DK Dragonfly (Katana)
Cold Steel
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 samé (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 decorative display bag that's made from the finest heavy silk metallic brocade.
  • Blade Length: 29 1/4"
  • Overall Length: 40 3/4"
  • Steel: 1055 Carbon
  • Weight: 37.1 oz.
  • Handle: 10 1/4" Samé (Ray Skin) Handle w/ Teal Green Cord with Brass Menuki
  • Scabbard: Black Lacquered Wood Scabbard

UPC Code: 705442006145

1055 Carbon Steel
1055 Carbon Steel
An extremely tough steel with high carbon content and a hardness between 60-64RC, 1055 is best suited for high-impact and high-stress applications.
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Lubbock, Tx
May 09, 2014
Pros: Finish, Handle Material, Blade Material, Overall Quality
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, None
High quality katana with saya not so much
Just received my Cold Steel Dragonfly katana. This is my first Japanese style sword. Overall I am very favorably impressed with the esthetics and workmanship present in the sword. Blade is very substantial with excellent "two tone" polish. Upper part of blade has a mirror polish and lower portion that slants toward edge has a very pleasing Scotch-Brite type scratch polish that runs parallel to the edge. Incidentally, this area of the finish may be touched up easily with purple Scotch-Brite. Edge is very sharp. Tsuba, tsuka, and related parts are all very tight with no slop. I weighed the sword without the saya and I got 42oz. This is about five oz heavier than Cold Steel lists in its specs. However, it is only slightly heavier than the 2 1/2 pounds that I have seen listed as nominal average weight for a katana of this length. I also saw some much more expensive traditional katanas for sale that weighed as much as 3 lbs. The saya (scabbard) on my example was a little scuffed up as received. Had some chips in lacquer near throat and at the tip. I don't think this was a result of shipping damage. I touched these up with Testors gloss black enamel; matched pretty well. Speaking of shipping, KnifeCenter let me down on this. Katana arrived in a very small diameter box with only very minimal padding inside. The tsuba actually wore through the cardboard slightly. Fortunately it didn't do any damage. I called Cold Steel to ask about some other matters and asked them if this is how they ship one they sell direct. They said no, the box I got was only the "product box", and it should have been shipped inside a more substantial outer box. Overall, I am very pleased with the sword and can recommend it.
5 out of 5
Atlanta, GA
Dec 23, 2010
Pros: Handle Material, Usable, Blade Material, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Great useable Katana
This model is well made and very strong. It's ready for cutting right out of the box. I put it to use on the first day by cutting the corner off of a 3-inch plastic table. It was effortless and sword showed no effect from making the cut. The only draw back is the weight. However, the price and strength of the sword negates this. I highly recommend this Katana.
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