The elegantly simple lines of the Golden Oriole Daisho (SH1018, SH1019) have long been favored by admirers of the Japanese sword. The story told by the stunning tsuba is of a mantis stealthily stalking the cricket, unaware that he is himself being stalked by the Golden Oriole. The deeply lacquered blue of the saya is repeated in the Japanese cotton tsuka-ito, and the Oriole appears again on the kashira. Unmistakably Hanwei quality, the 14 tsuka of the katana gives a superb balance to the sword, allowing it to move very quickly and very freely. Supplied with a protective cloth bag and traditional maintenance kit. Features: - Hand forged high-carbon steel - Built for cutting - Traditional construction Specifications: - Overall length: 27 1/2" - Blade length: 20" - Handle length: 6 3/4" - Weight: 1lb 10oz - Point of Balance: 4" - Width at Guard: 1.07" - Width at Tip: .75" - Thickness at Guard: .28" - Thickness at Tip: .20" - Sori: 1/2" - Weight in box: 4lb 7oz - Box height: 32 1/2" - Box width: 5 3/4"