Cold Steel Katana Warrior Sword 88bkw Review

Japanese Katana swords can fall into two categories: dust collectors or usable weapons. If you are looking to find a katana sword that is functional it is going to have to meet three requirements: it has to be forged from heat treated high carbon steel, be properly balanced with a weight of no more than three pounds, and have a full tang assembly with a preferred double-pegged handle. If you find a sword that meets these requirements, then you should have a decent working hand weapon. The Cold Steel Warrior Katana sword meets and exceeds the bare essentials for a proper sword, while being quite adept at serving the dust collectors needs too as long as the collector is okay with having mantle piece that vaguely resembles a traditional Katana sword. These are considered to be the toughest replica swords on the market and they don’t disappoint.

What can this knife handle?

The Cold Steel Warrior Katana Sword is a really tough sword and has been able to withstand all the abuse I have dished out to it so far (but I’m not done yet). When I took this thing to a tree that was roughly 4-6 inches thick, I had no problem getting it downed with 3 well placed hits without any damage to the blade. The only thing that really bothered me was the balance, but it didn’t affect the way my strikes penetrated. Recovering is difficult because of the balance, but it was still an overall solid performer. The Cold Steel Warrior Katana is a no frills, fierce, looming sword that is up for some serious heavy duty cutting and chopping.

Construction and Blade

Cold Steel made a departure from the traditional style of the blade in the Warrior Katana sword(especially the Kissaki or point), but it isn’t too far from the original look of Katana so it doesn’t bother me too much. If you are a collector, just leave the scabbard on. The 29 ¼ inch blade on the Cold Steel Warrior Katana is made from 1055 carbon monosteel which means it is forged through a non-folding process unlike the original construction of Katana swords. One of the features of a historical replica is a hamon, a tempered line on the blade. The Cold Steel Warrior Katana sword is lacking a hamon, but surprisingly it is still extremely sharp and very strong.

The sharp edge is able to make some serious cuts even though it is blade heavy. It cuts through paper without a hitch, but who really needs a sword for paper cutting. It is capable of handling much more than measly paper, but I wouldn’t go trying to cut down the rainforest with this thing. It’s a beefy sword, 41 ounces, so don’t be surprised when you pick it up. Swinging is less than fluid and if graceful strikes are what you are after, I wouldn’t choose the Warrior Katana. If you are looking for a working sword, then this blade is it.

Handle, Grip, and Feel

The 11 ¼ inch handle on the Cold Steel Warrior Katana encases the full tang construction of the blade securely and safely. When you get down to the handle you will notice that the Habaki, or blade collar, is made from brass and has a black iron guard that features a really neat dragon design. When you get down past the guard, you will notice that the peg (or Mekugi) has the image of a dragon and has a very tightly wound Tsuka Ito (handle braid). All in all the tsuka, handle, is very well built and feels solid in the hand. The Cold Steel Warrior Katana is then Samé covered and cord wrapped with some really high quality fittings. I feel like the handle might be my favorite part of the whole set up.

Final Thoughts

The scabbard is the last part of the Cold Steel Warrior Katana that needs to be touched on. It’s actually a really nice piece of black lacquered wood that is as handsome as it is useful. It also comes with a bluish-purple cover bag for protection.

While this is an effective sword, I don’t know that I would classify it as a traditional katana. I see it as more of a samurai sword. I have enjoyed playing with it and am happy to have it as part of my working blade collection as well as my display collection.

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