The Samurai were the military nobility of medieval and early-modern Japan. Samurai were supposed to lead their lives according to the ethical code of bushido ("the way of the warrior"). Samurai employed a range of weapons such as bows and arrows, spears and guns, but their main weapon and symbol was the sword. The samurai devoted most of his time to the art of combat. All his training was preparation for the battlefield. The samurai have a fascinating legacy a part of which is real and a part of which is simply image of cultured killers, men who on the one hand were brutally efficient warriors and on the other hand, highly literate men of culture and refinement. They were among the most highly trained warriors in the world. This full tang 1090 carbon steel blade that comes sharp and is double pegged. In the traditional katana style the blade has a heavy blood groove down the center while the handle features genuine ray skin with a cotton cord wrap and a cast zinc menuki and tsuba. The tsuka is also wrapped with the same cotton fiber with an ornamental menuki. The fuchi features triple hollyhock emblems and the guard depicts a samurai battle scene. A glossy black wooden scabbard or saya houses the blade to protect it from the elements. Included is a sword bag and gift box.