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I wasn't sure what to expect from my first "real" sword order from True Swords. This one is as beautiful as I had hoped - I'll be using it in book cover images for my upcoming vigilante novella series. But holding it feels so right - the balance is wonderful, and when it swings, it sings. I couldn't be happier about having this beauty in my new collection of blades. A lovely Wakizashi.
Not over joyed at delivery. Took 10 working days. Now to the good stuff. This blade is sharper and better quality than any of my other blades. This includes my $940 Thaitsuku.
This well balanced Samurai Sword, came to me last week, and I began to study up on Wakizashi... I'm impressed by the craftsmanship... The blade was not sharped at the end tip) of the blade, other than that, the blade is a steal... As soon as the price goes down alittle, I'm buying another one...
Please read this before buying!!! This is NOT A katana. It is a wakazashi which is a short katana. Now, that we ahve clarified that. This was a great sword. Real demascus steel that was very sharp. Only complaint i had was the blade near the point of the wakazashi was not at all sharpened and has where it was not worked out at all.nothing a little bit on a whetstone wont work out. It comes in a very nice wooden presentation box that has red and black silk dragons on it with latches. The inside will be yellow silk and there lies your new wakazashi. Mine came very sharp and other than the true swords famous " muck on the blade" it was great.
I received this item today and in only two working days, thanks True Swords! Not a bad piece for the money. I did think it could have been a bit sharper, but after ten minutes with my hand sharpener brought the edge in shape. All fitting were tight to include the Saya with no blade rattling when the blade is in the scabbard. The Damascus was quite nice and made for an attractive appearance.
My only negative comment was the last inch or so of the blade was not sharp and needed more work than the rest of the blade, however I couldn't justify marking down the overall rating on this sword.
This was my 10th sword from TS. With my initial reception of this Wakizashi, I was very pleased with the look and sharpness. However, when you held it upright and moved it side to side, somewhere in the Tsuka was a metallic ringing sound much like the old metal triangles used to call people to dinner. The dual mekugis were in tight and everything seemed solid, but…
In true TS fashion a call to customer service had a return shipping label emailed to me in rapid fashion. I returned it for a replacement.
The replacement arrived today. This time there was no ringing. All pieces were tight. The blade came a bit dirty and it was not honed at all. It took more than the usual whetstone work to put a respectable edge to it. The Damascus blade has a nice pattern. The overall weight and balance are very nice. The Tsuka is wrapped well and the Tsuba has some unique looking monkeys.
Those are the positives. The negatives, if I would call them that, are minor…at least for me. Upon arrival and unboxing the decorative storage/display box was well done and it did come with the black cloth storage bag which was folded neatly inside the box. The Saya was pretty dirty. That poor black scabbard looked as if someone had gotten it wet in a dusty place and then let it air dry. There was a spotted layer of dirt all over it. Now, it cleaned up quickly with a damp paper towel and is glistening in the light as one would expect, but I am surprised it shipped that way considering the Sageo and Ito were pristine. And staying with the Saya; it is loose. The blade rattles inside and there is only the slightest snug fit between the Habaki and Koiguchi. When held upside down, the blade does not slip out unless you give it a slight shake.
If my first one had not rung like a bell, I would rate this at the full 5-stars. The replacement is a 4-star for the reasons stated above. Is it still worth the price? I’d say so. Once I got the edge right, it cut just as well as my other pieces and it looks great in the stand along with them. I have other Shinwa swords and I find them to be hit or miss. I have some very nice ones straight away and others that had to be replaced.
If you are looking for a nice Wakizashi at a reasonable price, I would recommend this one. Pick it up when there is a sale going on and it is an even better value.
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