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This wakizashi is a modernized version of the traditional weapon. Japanese weapons were designed for a smaller body than exists in the modern world. This weapon offers a thicker, wider, and heavier blade than is found on original items to compensate for this difference. It measures 31 1/2" overall and features a 22" blade crafted from 1055 carbon steel. The carefully hand polished blade is designed with a blood groove that has a distinctive mirror polish applied to it. The hilt is covered in black ray skin and tightly wrapped in the traditional style with teal-green silk braid cord. The guard and pommel are crafted in black iron and bear the dragonfly motif. This wakizashi includes a black lacquered wood scabbard, a blue travel bag, and an intricately decorated display bag made from the finest heavy silk metallic brocade. Cold Steel, 88DW.
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Ordered on Friday before MLK weekend. Three E-mail updates on order/shipping status with FedEx tracking link. Credit card charged Wednesday, product arrived Thursday. No problems, excellent service, thank-you!Best price for this on the Internet. Not cheap, but well worth it and exactly as advertised; be advised, the pictures do not do justice to this product. Fit and finish excellent, blade straight and true: no tool marks, grind marks, nicks, dings, or dished out areas. Everything tight, no rattles. Grip tightly wound and well executed - all typical of the quality one would expect from Cold Steel. Blade sharp, but not shaving sharp - will attend to that myself. Balance point 4-1/2" ahead of tsuba; slightly larger and heavier than traditional wakisashi (as it is designed to be), but blade feels lively and well-balanced - look forward to becoming more familiar with it's handling characteristics. Scabbard also well done and unblemished. This is NOT a display piece or movie replica - this is a serious cutting tool, as is all of Cold Steel's sharp iron. Looked at a lot of other manufacturers, but bottom line is that I KNOW Cold Steel, and have used their products for 20+ years. Have other CS knives, shovels, baseball bats et al, and carried a Carbon V Trailmaster on my web gear for many years. Do not anticipate having to defend against the Brooksian hordes, but if they show up, I've got something for them.Am considering Dragonfly Katana in not-too-distant future.Hope this helps.Be safe, be ready, be prepared.-G