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Handmade Japanese Shirasaya Samurai Katana Sword Sharp
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- Black shirasaya katana.
- Carbon steel blade.
- Brass habaki.
- Single mekugi bamboo pin.
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The blade itself was every bit the fine Musashi quality that I've come to enjoy. There are a couple of things after that, which cause the 3 star rating.
First, the scabbard/sheath, the opening into it was EXTREMELY tight. So tight, that the first time I tried to draw the sword, I had to hold the scabbard between my legs and feet and draw the sword with both hands. With a lot of strain and effort it finally released. I filed and sanded the opening down quite a bit and now it holds properly so that it takes only a light tug to break the hold.
Second, the Habaki (blade collar) isn't flush with the Tsuka (handle/grip). It has a 1/4in gap, which is a first for me with this brand.
Musashi/Musha's quality is usually very high, which I'm comparing with my other 12 Musashi swords. I would like to exchange for a better quality but I would feel it rude to the maker to show them their flaw. I will put this one away and get another with hopes of getting the usual quality swords.
My sword arrived, as many describe, pretty and sharp. Ornamentally, I liked the nice hamon, but then, down to business. First, how hard was the steel edge? I pulled out my inexpensive, 440A stainless pocket knife and pressed its tip against the sword, near the edge. It bit right into the metal. Then I easily shaved off a small bit of the sword's steel. Knives tend to be harder than swords, although not particularly harder than the cutting edge of a good Japanese sword, but this was a big difference in hardness. Clearly, this sword was made of a pretty soft steel.
It is normal for one to sharpen a sword or a knife, so I brought out some white and black hard Arkansas stones. Upon looking closely, the hamon (temper line) and the texture of the kissaki (tip) both appeared to have been made mainly by polishing the entire sword lengthwise and then buffing somewhat unevenly in a crosswise manner to create a reflective difference.Read more ›
This is the first sword I've ever purchased so take my review for what it's worth. I've been shopping for a couple months for a nice quality starter blade that would fit my budget before I moved onto collecting some more expensive pieces. I was hesitant to purchase this sword due to the other reviews on here but I took a chance and am overall very pleased at what I received. One of the reviewers even received a used sword so I was praying that wouldn't be me.
The sword I received is brand new with no signs of ANY use on either the blade nor the scabbard/handle. Also of note one other reviewer said the "habaki" blade collar wasn't flush with the handle and that their was a gap. Mine had no such gap.
The cloth bag is ho hum but what would u expect for this price? I expect every cent to be going towards the quality of the sword itself. One thing all the reviewers seemed to agree upon as that the scabbard held the sword pretty tight. This held true for my sword as well. If you pull the scabbard tight to the handle it will be semi difficult to open back up again. I haven't tried sanding or anything yet I'm just hoping with time it will wear down. I'd much rather have it too tight than too loose. The blade itself is spectacular and arrived with a fine coat of oil. The sword is "sharp" but not razor sharp. May require a little work on that.
I have not taken the sword apart yet but plan to soon to care for it. I will update my review if my opinions change.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am very pleased with this sword. It is better than I expected for the price. It came on time and well oiled and sharp. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is the first "katana" that I have bought and I would agree with most of the other people who purchased this that it is worth the $50. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ian Weller
This swor is an absolute steal for the price. Excellent quality. And in honor of my husky that passed away the same day it arrived im naming mine Shadow. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Delivered as advertised, what you see is what you get. Great training sword, comes out of the box decently sharp. Read morePublished 9 months ago by |3lu
Does not look anything like picture. I ordered this sword which is supposed to be black and a red one from another vendor. I wanted one of each color for a decorative wall piece. Read morePublished 15 months ago by joshua meyer