The Japanese swords of the Emperor Series have proven, since their initial introduction almost five years ago, to be quite popular with many of Cold Steel's customers. The Warrior Series swords are very handsome in their own right and share the same steel, heat treatment, and sharpness as their more expensive Emperor counterparts. Still, Cold Steel is aware that there are some people who want a battle ready sword but hope to find one at a more affordable price. Their Warrior Series addresses this problem directly. In an effort to reduce the costliness of the blades, they have omitted the expensive mirror polishing that we used on our Emperor Swords to create a new series of Japanese swords with a more practical finish. The Warrior series has covered, cord wrapped handles and quality fittings. Each sword comes complete with a black laquered scabbard and a blue/violet cover bag. If you're in the market for a strong, good looking, reasonably priced Japanese sword you will be happy to own one of these.