This reproduction of the katana wielded by the immortal Scottish clansman Duncan Macleod in the Highlander saga could be one of the best swords ever produced by United Cutlery. Not the usual cheap reproduction, the Duncan MacLeod Katana is a hand-forged tempered katana of high carbon Damascus steel.
In fact, the blade alone is reason enough to acquire this sword. The Damascus steel in this sword contains 2048 layers, and even though it’s not the traditional Japanese clay-tempered edge, this is still an impressive piece of work. A fullered blood groove or hi runs nearly to the tip of the blade, and the sword is ground sharp.
Metal fittings are of good quality as well and are cast heavy enough to actually be of use. The sword does fall a little short where handle and sheath are concerned. The grip of cold cast resin formed in one piece around the sword’s tang does resemble carved ivory but lacks the real strength of that material. Few people would actually mistake this for ivory even though it’s an accurate depiction of the sword from the movie. The cast resin handle might not last long if the sword were used for striking practice. For display, it’s satisfactory.
The sheath recreates the hidden scabbards favored by the Scottish Immortals, designed to be carried over the shoulder and beneath a coat. The leather sheath of the Duncan katana doesn’t match the standards of the blade.
Each sword in this limited-edition series is numbered and does include a certificate of authenticity.