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Cold Steel Nodachi Japanese Warrior Swords
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2011
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As most already know, this isnt really a nodachi, but a different class of weapon. Its not a very authentic blade. Its heavy and with extreme width. But that only gives to its feel and appearance of being a very strong and resilient sword. I dare to say the blade looks and feels a bit post modernist. Its like a contemporary pagoda. There is no traditional kissaki and the type of blood grooves it uses to lessen the weight of the blade is quite unique for a Japanese Katana. Still, the blade looks and feels very secure.

The handle or tsuba probably could use some work. Since the handle is more than 20 inches, I feel as if the handle should have been made of a more resilient material than most production katanas with lesser lengths. I don't get the same sense of security with the handle as I do with the blade.

Ok, enough with being a d!ck. All in all, its a terrific sword. This is something that any sword fanatic would be happy to own. Its a powerful looking weapon. And I give it 5 stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2013
Not very authentic but really great. Huge, yet well balanced blade. It requires some creative approach to fighting though as it is impossible to perform some katas and postures with it due to huge dimensions and different placement of hands. The chops are really powerful but you have to be very careful as the momentum of the movement of this magnificent blade can actually move your body.(It weights about 3 kgs!) So be careful with it on dusty and wet ground or snow. Please also take into consideration that this is a "field" blade almost unusable inside buildings. You may need as much as 5x5x5 meters of space to perform swings at full speed. It is also not very pleasant to carry on longer trips due to the size and weight. The best way how to carry it is on back but the blade has tendency to slip all the time. It is very hard to find suitable bags for it, even full length shinai bag is about 1 foot shorter than the blade. Other than that I can have only praise for the blade - it looks terrific and really impressive. It is also surprisingly maneuverable for its size due to very long handle. I guess it would be pretty usable in combat, but the weight and size makes it impractical for real world use. The regular size katana is way more practical in comparison.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2013
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This sword is one of the best i have ever bought and can compliment Cold Steel on how this was put together. Cold Steel rocks
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2014
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Words cannot express the quality of this weapon. My only complaint is the sheath. It is not very sturdy. The weapon itself, however, is exquisite.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2013
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Although it arrived promptly in an over-sized box, the sword was so poorly packed with insufficient packing material, (simply wrapped in one piece of bubble wrap), that it damaged the box. It did NOT include a BLUE/VIOLET COVER BAG as advertised. Further, no packing slip was enclosed.

Unlike the description and the other products in the Cold Steel Warrior product line, (and unstated in the product description), the Saya/sheath appears rough-textured flat black which looks almost plastic-like at first glance. It is NOT the smoothly finished, glossy black lacquer finished wood as advertised for the rest of the Warrior product line. The blade itself matches the general appearance of the other Warrior series, but the saya appears like a cheap afterthought when compared to the Warrior-series katana, wakizashi and tanto.

This is very disappointing. I own many other Cold Steel products fulfilled by Cold Steel through Amazon, to include a Warrior Katana and Wakizashi, all of which were complete and accurately represented in their product description. I note that this item was fulfilled directly by Amazon,com LLC and not directly by Cold Steel - perhaps that's the issue.

Anyway, the poor appearance and quality of the Saya on this product will effectively eliminate it from being a display piece. This one will have to live in a closet. Overall, I am very disappointed, but thankful that I did not pay the retail price for it.
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on April 15, 2015
This is an amazing sword for all uses. The grip is very secure and fits just right, and nothing is loose, unlike some other, cheaper swords. The blade can be sharpened very well, and it looks better than the picture on Amazon. It was a little pricey, but it is the real deal, as long as you have the money
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on December 22, 2014
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The scabbard has a crack at the base that meets the sword handle. The packiging is very flimsy and unsafe for enclosing this type of products. The blade was not that sharp.
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on November 5, 2014
scabbard is very cheap...they need to work on that...feels like cheap plastic
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2013
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First off, let's be clear. Cold Steel called this a nodachi, but it's closer to a nagamaki in its proportions. The handle is nearly half the overall length of the weapon, making the balance point similar to a polearm rather than a sword. That being said, the weapon is excellent no matter what you call it. The wrap on the handle is a bit rough and of less quality than the blade itself, but that is to be expected from the series cold steel produced this blade under, sacrificing frills for a more affordable price. Do not expect to use this weapon as a sword, as most traditional kamae or postures are impossible due to the length of the handle. Again, that is not a criticism of the sword, but rather a warning to those that envision swinging this thing like a giant sword. You will nearly always be standing sideways, with a foot leading, rather than square, the handle is simply too long for anything but daijodan. All in all, well worth the price, if you have the training or the desire to put in the time to learn the particulars of this devastating weapon.
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