This fully functional Yoru Doragon (Japanese for “black dragon”) wakizashi is another high quality item from the United Black collection. This wakizashi offers a hand forged blade crafted from 1060 Damascus steel and folded 9 times to 1792 layers for superior strength and flexibility. The blade tang has an exclusive stamp that can only be found on a United Black sword blade. The Bushido Code's seven virtues: rectitude, courage, benevolence, respect, honesty, honor and loyalty are laser etched on the blade. The hardwood handle is wrapped in black sting ray skin and black leather, and is accented with brass menuki and cast metal guard and pommel. The hardwood sheath features black nylon cord wrapping and a unique dragon screen design. 31" overall, 22 1/2" blade. United Cutlery, UC2578.
Damascus steel was a type of steel used in Middle Eastern swordmaking. Damascus steel was created from wootz steel, a steel developed in India around 300 BC, which was further refined by Middle Eastern swordsmiths. These swords are characterized by distinctive patterns of banding and mottling reminiscent of flowing water. Such blades were reputed to be not only tough and resistant to shattering, but capable of being honed to a sharp and resilient edge.