Cold Steel 88BKW Warrior Series Swords
The Japanese swords of the Emperor Series have proven, since their initial introduction almost five years ago, to be quite popular with many customers. Still, Cold Steel was aware that there are some people who want a battle ready sword, but hope to find one at a more affordable price. Their Warrior Series addresses this problem directly. In their efforts to reduce the costliness of the blades, they've omitted the expensive mirror polishing that they use on their Emperor Swords to create a new series of Japanese swords with a more practical finish.
The Warrior Series swords are very handsome in their own right and share the same steel, heat treatment, and sharpness as their more expensive Emperor counterparts. Like the Emperor swords, they have Same' covered, cord wrapped handles and quality fittings. If you're in the market for a strong, good looking, reasonably priced Japanese sword you'll be proud to own one of these. Each comes complete with a black lacquered scabbard and a blue/violet cover storage/transport bag.
Since I started in the knife business nearly 30 years ago, one thing my customers have been asking for was quality Japanese-style swords. My answer has always been "someday, someone will make a decent sword, but not yet". Well, that day has come! I so highly regard these Warrior Series Swords from Cold Steel, that I keep an O Tanto on display in my office. These Warrior Series Swords are exactly what I have been hoping for these past years. They're worth every penny, and they carry my highest personal recommendation. Jeff Loffer
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- Blade Steel: 1055 Carbon
- Rc hardness: 60-64
- Blade Shape: Katana
- Blade Length: 29 1/4"
- Handle Length: 11 1/4"
- Length Overall: 40 1/2"
- Weight: 41.4 oz.
- Country of Origin: China
More about 1055 Carbon steel:
1055 steel is right on the border between a medium and a high carbon steel, with a carbon content between 0.50%-0.60% and with manganese between 0.60%-0.90% as the only other component. The carbon content and lean alloy make this a shallow hardening steel with a quenched hardness between Rc 60-64 depending on exact carbon content. These combination of factors make this one of the toughest steels available because, when quenched, it produces a near saturated lathe martensite with no excess carbides, avoiding the brittleness of higher carbon materials. This steel is particularly blades of almost legendary toughness.</p