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Cold Steel 88K Emperor Series Katana 29-1/2" Carbon Steel Blade

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Part Number: CS88K
Manufacturer: Cold Steel Knives
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CS88K: Emperor Series | Katana
Cold Steel

Our factory has used only traditional materials for our Japanese sword's 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).


  • Item Number: 88K
  • Name: Emperor Series (Katana)
  • Blade Length: 29 1/2"
  • Overall Length: 40 3/4"
  • Steel: 1055 Carbon
  • Weight: 41.4 oz
  • Handle: 11 1/4" Samé (Ray Skin) Handle w/ Black Silk Braid Cord w/ Brass Menuki
  • Scabbard: Black Lacquered Wood Scabbard

UPC Code: 705442003816

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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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
4 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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