The crane has signified long life and happiness in many Asian cultures. This sword in the hands of a master would ensure both, for it is light and well balanced. The blade is hand-forged Damascus steel and arrives razor sharp. The handle has genuine ray skin and is wrapped with black, Japanese purpose silk. The tsuba is of a solid zinc alloy and has been painted with a rich, black finish. Comes with matching wooden scabbard, enameled with a dark, faux ray skin finish.