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Cold Steel 88W Emperor Series Wakizashi 21" Carbon Steel Blade

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Part Number: CS88W
Manufacturer: Cold Steel Knives
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CS88W: Emperor Series | Wakazashi
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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: 88W
  • Name: Emperor Series (Wakazashi)
  • Blade Length: 21"
  • Overall Length: 27 1/2"
  • Steel: 1055 Carbon
  • Weight: 25 oz
  • Handle: 6 1/8" Samé (Ray Skin) Handle w/ Black Silk Braid Cord w/ Brass Menuki
  • Scabbard: Black Lacquered Wood Scabbard

UPC Code: 705442003809

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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5 out of 5
Aug 20, 2008
Pros: Finish, Usable, Handle Material, Blade Material, Overall Quality
Cons: None
To Add To My Review
I noticed that this item is slightly different from the one I purchased. I have the old Imperial Series Wakazashi, it looks more like the current Warrior Series. I think both these swords are made in the same forge in China (as well as this one). But, if this sword is as light as they say it is (25oz.) that is somewhat lighter than mine. A good weight for a Wakazashi is under a pound and a half (24oz.) but if this weight is accurate, that isn't bad. Balance still counts for alot, but hopefully that has improved as well.
4 out of 5
Aug 20, 2008
Pros: Materials, Usable, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
A Good Compromise
I have mixed feelings about production Japanese swords. Unless you pay a couple thousand dollars for a Katana or Wakazashi you are surely making a compromise in at least one of the following areas: Durability, Weight, Cutting Power, Overall Usability. This sword is better than most in many respects because it only really suffers in one of these areas, Weight. This however, is a fairly serious compromise in terms of its authenticity. A 'real' Japanese sword can be drawn and wielded very quickly due to its light weight and fine balance. I have fairly strong shoulders and forearms, but I still find myself being pulled into the cut because of the heft of this sword. Having said all that, this is a good product. It is a real sword in the sense that it cuts well and won't break when hit with another sword (or other metal item). By contrast, a Paul Chen Japanese (Style) sword is for cutting only and will chip or break if struck. This sword comes very sharp and pointy, and the polished blade and fittings look great. And when all is said and done, this is a fearsome weapon. Certainly the one I would reach for in the event of a zombie attack. Finally, if you are getting a sword with these traditional fittings, you should learn to take the handle off and put it back on. I had to do this as soon as I got it because the tang pin was not big enough (it's just a piece of bamboo) and I had to fashion a new one. Once I did that the handle was tight and worked fine.
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