An ancient blade predating the fall of the Orokin Empire. Forged using techniques lost over centuries, the edge remains sharper than that of modern Nikana.
The Nikana Prime is the primed version of the Nikana, a katana-inspired weapon. While it is the second weakest Nikana-based weapon, it is also the second fastest, allowing quick damage output. This weapon was added in Hotfix 18.4.12.
When equipped with the Conclave Nikana Skin, the strip of cloth remains visible, but is moved to the base of the hilt.
As of Update: Specters of the Rail, the default cloth ornament at the end of the hilt is considered a Sugatra and detachable in favor of another. However, there is no current option to have no Sugatra equipped.
The Nikana Prime makes use of Nikana Riven mods and not Dragon Nikana Riven mods, and because the Dragon Nikana has a much higher riven disposition it can generate such mods with higher stats than the Prime variant.
On December 6th, 2017, it was announced that Nikana Prime would enter the Prime Vault and its relics retired from the drop tables on December 12th, 2017, along with Saryn Prime and Spira Prime. Any preexisting components or fully-built weapons will remain as is.