The Snake Eyes Katana from United Cutlery accurately reproduces that character’s movie sword from G.I. Joe — Rise of Cobra. This full-sized katana was the personal weapon of Snake Eyes, the silent commando portrayed by Ray Park.
In keeping with the high-tech appearance of the movie’s blade, the full tang of the high carbon stainless steel sword is housed in a skeletonized lightweight handle. Some other features are more traditional, like the full length blood groove, but no traditional katana comes with the short section of serrated cutting edge that’s one of the trademarks of the Snake Eyes blade. Decorations are sparse — the hardwood scabbard is bound with wire wrapping, and on the blade of the katana is a red symbol from the Book of Changes which means Water Over Fire.
The sword is definitely not a toy and is capable of inflicting real damage; it’s meant for collectors, not children. A simple wooden stand is included, with space for separate display of both sword and scabbard. Each katana in the collector’s edition series receives a unique serial number, and a certificate of authenticity accompanies each sword.
The original weapon had to be of weapons quality to survive the routines Ray Park performed in the film. Park found the role challenging even though he was already a martial arts expert — to prepare for the role, the actor studied wushu movements and the comic books which inspired the movie in order to get the action right. The Snake Eyes Sword from United Cutlery was also created with determined attention to detail.
For another G.I. Joe sword from United Cutlery, see the Storm Shadow Katana.
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