Over the last 10 years of so, Cold Steel have gained a reputation for making some of the toughest weapons in the world. They produce a whole range of weapons but only a few are for martial arts, included in this is the Cold Steel Emperor Katana. This really is the crowning jewel for all Cold Steel products, the best Katana Cold Steel produce. Cold Steel also say this is the toughest katana in the world, quite a claim but I think they're right.It may not have the culture attached to it, or made by a 34th generation swordsmith but if you want a sword for tameshigeri that will outlive all other Katana on the market, this is the katana to buy. Also compared to handmade Japanese swords, it is a fraction of the price.
This Cold Steel Emperor Katana has a fully sharpened blade made from 1055 carbon steel. Careful techniques, including heat treating and hand polishing give this samurai sword a mirror finish.The fittings for the Cold Steel Emperor Katana have been given the same care. All traditional materials including nickel / silver brass. These pieces include the Tsuba, (guard) Fuchi (collar), and Kashira (pommel), and Habaki (blade collar). The handle grip is covered with traditional ray skin and a beautiful Menuki Iis held in palce by the crod wrapping. Again doen in a traaditianl way. Complete with the sword comes a black lacquered scabbard or saya and a blue cover bag.
This is what Cold Steel say about the Cold Steel Emperor Katana:
"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 bo-hi. All come complete with a black lacquered scabbard and a blue-violet cover bag."
If you have any further questions on this, please contact us at our shop to discuss your best choice, call (0117) 9425832 or email [email protected]
In April 2008, the UK government introduced a Sword Ban, this covered all curved blades longer than 50cm. As part of this outright ban, there were still some exceptions. Martial artists could still buy them, any sword made in Japan before 1953 and any sword made in Japan using traditional methods.
Let’s digress slightly as it’ll be useful in a minute. Swords made using traditional methods means being either folded steel or forged steel.
Then a few months later in August 2008, the government revised this ban and decided to take Japan out of the law. Therefore, any martial arts practitioner can buy a Katana or Samurai Swords, as a shop we are also able to sell the swords as long as they are made with traditional methods. All of the Japanese swords at Enso are either forged or folded.
One item that can be an issue is the Iaito as many are made with stainless steel.
What the ban has done is clear the market of ‘Junk’. Ornamental poor quality swords that could never be used for training or practice anyway, personally I think this a good thing and get the swords that were ‘on the street’ off and leaves us martial arts practitioner alone and let us get on with our training. Good news all round.
Watch the video on what they do to these samurai swords to put them through there paces. You have to see it to believe it. This is one of the toughest forged steel samurai swords in the world. Ideal for tameshigiri or cutting practice.
Beware: This is the cheesiest video you will have ever watched. It does, however, demonstrate very well what the samurai sword is capable of.
We have a few different options for posting your items at Enso Martial Arts Shop. Prices vary depending on the overall order, weight, size etc. The checkout page will automatically workout the possible options for you.
We can send your item(s) in the following ways:
Courier Tracked and Insured - Order before 1pm, we can pack and post the same day to be with you the next working day, this is not a weekend service. It is fully tracked and we will send you the tracking number when we process your order.
Hermes - In our experience an extremely slow service, we cannot guarantee it will arrive. It isn’t insured or tracked. If you want this pitiful service and your parcel thrown into a random hedge near your house, if you're lucky, just to save about £2 the go for us. Good luck
UPS Worldwide - For anywhere outside the UK, we can post the same day but delivery times are dependent on the destination. Approximate delivery times are as follows:
* Europe: 2-3 working days
* USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand: 3-4 working days
* All other destinations: 4-7 working days.