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Ok first off, I want to say about the shipping. Usually Trueswords gets my swords to me in 3 to 4 days, however, I placed my order on the 26th of February, and I didn't get it til yesterday which was the 7th of March. Was not pleased with the shipment. Enough of that, this sword is a wonderful sword. It is put together wonderfully, nice and tight. The sageo on the saya was not tied well, it was quite loose which disappointed me a bit. It is a good cutter and stabber, just tested it on bottles. I love this piece. It is heavier than my other katana, but i actually like that. So overall, thanks a lot to Musashi and Trueswords for this work of art and functional katana. I am pleased with my purchase. I also love the metallic sound the blade makes.
Just received this katana and have had a couple of days to go over it. The koshirae is typical production katana fare and nothing overly exciting about it. The tsuka-ito is fairly tightly wrapped and while there is obviously no hishigami used it is properly alternating. Mekugi holes could have been done cleaner. Tsuba is indeed iron as a magnet test confirmed and seems solid and good quality. Saya is typical black lacquered piece and is done decently and fits the katana well. It fits snugly and does not rattle. The sageo could be better. The highlight, of course, is the T10 blade with the Hitatsura hamon. Disappointingly, on initial inspection upon receiving it the hamon looks more like a Choji hamon which the certificate that came with the katana later confirmed. The blade seems to be done well, otherwise, with fairly sharp lines and a decently cross-polished kissaki with a cosmetic yokote. The blade is straight, very sharp and has good weight to it. With a edge hardness of 58HRC and lack of bo-hi, it should make for a decent cutter. While the hamon is not a Hitatsura I should add that the Choji hamon is actually quite attractive and well done and a change of pace from the usual Midare, Notare or Suguha hamons. The more I stare at it, the more I like it. Bottom line is it is a nice T10 blade with an attractive Choji hamon, solid tsuba and typical production hardware. Would I recommend it? Yes, just don't expect the Hitatsura hamon.
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