A sword of elegance and simplicity! Shirasaya (Japanese for "white scabbard") describes a katana without a guard or traditional handle wrappings. This design was used when the sword would not be wielded for some time and allowed for storage without fear of corrosive damage to the blade from the usual lacquered scabbard. Our shirasaya katana provides a sword that is minimalist in theme but still a striking example of Japanese sword craft. Measuring 36 1/2" overall, this katana offers an unfinished handle and scabbard, and a 25 1/2" heat tempered blade. A true collectible for the katana enthusiast!