Folded steel blades, commonly referred to as Damascus steel or pattern-welded steel, are made by hammering the steel flat and folding it over itself repeatedly to create several thousand layers of steel. Most of our Damascus steel swords are folded 13 times, creating 8,192 layers.
Folding was developed in feudal Japan due to the impure metals that were most often used in blacksmithing. The tamahagane needed to be folded over and over again to remove impurities and even out the carbon content of the steel. Today’s modern steel is pure, and folding is only done for tradition's sake or for the aesthetically pleasing flowing grain pattern it creates on the blade.
Damascus Sword Selection
When you explore our collection of Damascus swords for sale, you’ll find that we carry a large range of folded swords, including katanas and ninja swords. Since we specialize in Japanese and Chinese techniques, most of our swords incorporate imagery that harkens back to ancient Asian stories. From dragons and cranes to cherry blossoms and bamboo, choose the design that speaks to you.
Our selection also includes a variety of battle-ready replicas from your favorite anime, movies, manga, video games, and more. Some of our Damascus swords even incorporate various colors into the blades to create eye-catching display pieces.
Shopping for Swords with Us
At Swords of Northshire, each of our Damascus steel swords is handcrafted by master craftsmen who have trained for years in the art of ancient Japanese and Chinese sword making techniques. They pay the utmost attention to detail when forging each sword to ensure that the sharpening and engraving meet our high expectations for quality.
Our dedication to metal crafting and sword replication results in beautiful craftsmanship and heirloom quality pieces. Whether you’re looking for a samurai sword or you want to make your own custom sword, we have the right blade for you.