Cold Steel 88K Emperor Series Katana Sword 29.5" Carbon Steel Blade


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Part #: CS88K | Cold Steel Knives
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CS88K: 88K Emperor Series Katana Sword

Cold Steel

Cold Steel's Emperor O Tanto is styled to reflect some of the most distinctive hallmarks of Japanese sword design. Cold Steel uses only traditional materials for their Tsuba (guard), Fuchi (collar), and Kashira (pommel). Each piece is expertly made and finely crafted in nickel silver. The Habaki (blade collar) is also handmade from nickel silver and the 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) further enhances the handles appearance. All of our Emperor swords feature fully sharpened 1060 carbon steel blades that are heat treated to a tough spring temper. The blade is then carefully hand finished with a beautiful mirror polish applied to the fuller. Includes a cover bag.


  • Blade Length: 29.50"
  • Handle Length: 11.25"
  • Overall Length: 40.75"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.28"
  • Blade Material: 1060 Carbon Steel
  • Handle Material: Samé (Ray Skin) with Black Braid Cord and Brass Manuki
  • Scabbard: Black Lacquered Wood
  • Weight: 41.40 oz.
  • Made in China

UPC Code: 705442003816

Cold Steel 88K Emperor Series Katana Sword 29.5" Carbon Steel Bladerated 3.333 stars out of 5 (3 reviews)
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Cold Steel 88K Emperor Series Katana Sword 29.5" Carbon Steel Blade
rated 1 stars out of 5
Port Alberni, BC
Jul 08, 2019
Pros: Usable, None
Cons: Overall Quality, Materials, Blade Material, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Finish
Brutal Craftsmanship
I realize this is not a very high end sword. That said, there are somethings I would expect of any sword maker. Firstly: The fittings of the Tsuka and the Saya were all loose. To the point now, 3 months after purchasing, are all falling off or are horribly loose including the Kashira. The Kojiri fitting does not line up even close creating a hook the catches on my Hakama belt every time I remove the sword for different fight training techniques (I am an instructor in Teukgong KomBeop). The Tsuka-ito (handle wrap) is so loose, that I can move the wrapping 1/4" back and forth. The Saya was chipped on receiving. Not such a big deal, but that should have been a red-flag to send it back right away. Secondly: The sageo was and is horribly frayed after only 3 months of very light use. Light use is once a week practicing the 14 cutting sequences (katas) without actually cutting anything. Thirdly and most importantly: I gave my sword to my master for inspection, and after a lengthy time with it, he found the blade is bent. Not by a lot granted, but it is noticeable and does affect the handling of the sword inasmuch as I cannot cut anything with it properly, whether at 45 or 90 degree cuts. The sword always twists midway through the cut. The sad thing is, I cannot return it as it did not meet the return policy requirements. Buyer beware on this sword, and thoroughly inspect your sword before getting rid of the original box.
Cold Steel 88K Emperor Series Katana Sword 29.5" Carbon Steel Blade
rated 5 stars out of 5
David G
Merrimack, Nh
Dec 12, 2015
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Materials, Finish, Blade Material, Overall Quality, Usable
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, None
Cold Steel 88K Emperor Series Katana
Cold Steel 88K Emperor Series Katana 29-1/2" Carbon Steel Blade is a production sword for under $1000.00. It cannot be compared with a Shinken. That being said, it is a very good modern production Katana for its price. The sword balance is 5 inches forward of the Habaki with a Hi and it is a hefty sword. The geometry is not apple seed and the edge is sharp/very sharp so don't expect to shave with it, but sharper would be impractical. Every component was tightly fitted except the Kashira. The Tsuka-Ito (silk) was very tightly wrapped and very well done, but not silky and provided a positive grip. The Same appeared to be a solid one piece wrap with moderate sized nodes (no Emporers). The Saya is of reasonable over all quality, but has only wood at the Koi-Guchi. The blade in Saya will rattle so edge-up Mune-down. Buy from a reputable dealer who QC's these products. dcg309
Cold Steel 88K Emperor Series Katana Sword 29.5" Carbon Steel Blade
rated 4 stars out of 5
Henry B
Apr 06, 2012
Pros: Materials, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Finish, Overall Quality, Usable
Cons: None
very good deal
Back yard slasher! Knife center rules! Fast shipping. Great deal. Make sure its in stock before you order, I wanted the warrior series, but I'm so glad I got the emperor worth the few extra bucks. Thank you again knife center


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