Geisha’s Blade version 2 of the Highlander Katana from the 1986 British-American adventure fantasy film, Highlander.
The blade of the version 2 is now made with our 2nd Gen 1045 carbon steel and now has a bohi (groove). There’s also a faux stone covering the bamboo mekugi on the tsuka.
This sword was based on the sword used by Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez. It later became Connor MacLeod’s when his friend and mentor was beheaded by the Kurgan. Based on the story, the sword was made by the legendary swordsmith Masamune as a wedding gift to Ramirez when he married his daughter Shikiko. Ramirez cherished the sword (just as he’d cherished his wife), remarking that the weapon was “one of a kind, like his daughter [Shikiko].”
• Blade Material: 2nd Gen 1045 carbon steel (mono-steel)
• Edge: Fully-sharpened
• Treatment: Hand Forged, Through Hardened, Heat Treated & Tempered, Water Quenched
• Blade Length: 27.25 inches
• Tsuka: 13 inches ABS plastic
• Overall length w/o saya: 41.5 inches
• Saya: 29.5 inches wood, glossy black lacquered finish
• Tsuba / Fuchi: Zinc alloy
• Habaki / Seppa: Brass
• Mekugi: 1 bamboo peg
• Nakago: Full tang
• Hamon: Wire brushed midare (irregular) pattern
• Specs may vary slightly from sword to sword
• Cannot be disassembled
• Includes cloth bag
• Packaging: carton box
This sword features the “open-mouth” dragon’s head handle made of ABS plastic to simulate ivory. Most, if not all, available versions in the market are either made of faux ivory or polyresin. That’s just a fancy way of saying ABS plastic. But that doesn’t mean it’s bad. It’s used for a lot of products from golf club heads, protective headgears, whitewater canoes, to Lego bricks. It’s more economical to use ABS plastic. We can probably have the handle carved out of wood. But with such an intricate design, it will take a long time to make and will definitely cost a lot more. We don’t think you’ll ever find a version of the Highlander Katana with a wooden handle or real ivory, it will just be too expensive.
The video below shows the difference in flexibility between the 1st Generation and 2nd Generation. The 2nd Gen is more flexible like a 1060 blade.
More subtle wire brushed hamon which looks like a real hamon.