-An authentic Samurai sword, handmade in Japan (called a Shinken ??), can easily cost US$12,000 to $25,000 and up. Chinese-made production level approximations are typically at $1,000-$2,500 for something reasonably'traditional'.So why this expense? What separates the actual item from cheap, mass-produced swords such as the $60 Musashi Katana pictured below?