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Starting with the hilt, the fittings are all very tight and the handle has an intimidating gun grip design; however, this pattern tends to chafe my fingers after moderate use and the angular pommel provides more than enough slip-protection. The scabbard is light and, while it is cosmetically appealing, has a black plastic cover on the wooden core that scratches easily. The leather wrapping and the cotton sageo are both well done, and the blade is tight in the scabbard (too tight at first, but it loosens up with use).
On to the main event, the blade as a whole is very sturdy and seemingly well tempered, yet I have three major issues with it. First, it has a point of balance 1.5" from the handguard which makes it a bit unwieldy to swing; I feel if it had a half or no bo-hi, the balance shift might offset the added mass (though I suppose that's merely preference). Second, reminiscent of a kitchen knife, the edge on this sword is a secondary bevel, which doesn't last on anything tougher than jugs or pool noodles (i.e. branches). Third, the geometry between the edge and the bo-hi is concave from the guard to the yokote (for whatever reason, the blade geometry on the tip is convex); concave means I cannot put a better edge on the blade lest it be too thin.
When the beveled edge is sharpened, it suits my light and occasional usage, and makes for a decent "beater" sword that will last for quite a while.
the blade has a slight curve in it, almost straight but not there. not nearly as sharp as i need it. but the blade is heavy duty and solid as it should be. over all i would say worth every penny. but your not going to buy a perfect sword at under 100$.
This sword is a very well balanced piece when wielded one handed. With two hands it takes some handling to get used to it, it has a short feel if you are used to 28" blades. It is a very solid cutter, no drag. This is an excellent buy for the money, in fact I was surprised at its solid construction. The pictures and videos on line do not do it justice!
I'm new to the world of sword purchasing but I plan to educate myself and improve as I learn more about the weapons of old. Anyways, I enjoyed the blade after receiving it in the mail. It felt reliable and functional. The sword doesn't rattle when in the scabbard. When I drew the sword and got the feel of the weight distribution it felt balance and like an extension of my arm. I look forward to doing mock practice with the sword. So far I'm satisfied with this purchase. I don't any complaints so far as a new comer to this sword.
Just got this sword yesterday. When I first saw it, long before I decided to buy it, obesity thought of this weapon crossed my mind: Tradition meeting Modern. That's what I think of whenever I look at it. A traditional blade, fitted with a modern style handle. It's simply amazing. This thing came razor sharp right out of the box. What I like about it the most, is how solid it is. The fact that the sword is full tang alone makes it solid, but thenot Honshu takes it a step further by fitting the full tang into a modern style handle with a tough grip. I do not have to worry about this thing going anywhere at all. I was even more surprised to notice that the blade doesn't even wobble while in the saya. This sword might be shorter than a traditional katana, but the saying is true: Big things come in small packages. This weapon is a true force to be reckoned with. 5 out of 5. No contest.
I have spent my adult life seeking the perfect katana sword. Well here it is. Perfect length for
urban combat. Non slip grip, built for the largest of hands. Blade is 22 and a half inches, longer
than most Wakizashi swords by 2 1/2 inches.The weight is that of a loaded .45, this one won't run
out of ammo. You can pack this Honshu with no problem. A must for a bug-out bag, really.a full
5 Stars for this honey of a sword!
The blade looks very nice. I am pleased to see the grip/pommel has a slight influence from the Cossack/Kazak Sahsqua.
Mine arrived on time and undamaged. This is an amazing sword. First off, the saya is exceptional for this price point. It has a real koiguchi to support and protect the open end of the saya, and fits the habaki very well. There is absolutely no rattle when the blade is properly seated. The kurigata is nicely attached, and has inset, metal, shitodome to support the sageo. The sageo itself is nice woven cotton that is soft and feels very traditional. The leather wrap above and below the kurigata makes this a saya that will will STAY in my obi or in the K clips on my backpack.
As to the sword itself. This is a nicely balanced blade made of 1060 steel that has a solid temper. It passed an ANSI file test at more than 40 HRC, probably closer to 50. There is no hamon, so this is that hard all the way through! Mine came perfectly straight, with a very even geometry. Not a wave or ripple in any of the curves or angles. The hi and shinogi are very well placed, and I must say, this sings with a very nice note when swung correctly. I distinctly heard all three notes of the traditional tachikaze when my sensei demonstrated that it was possible to get this modern weapon to do traditional things. I am very pleased with this sword.
This is a weapon. It has now become my primary home defense tool. I still have the Musashi Bamboo Warrior in the bedroom, in case the zombie gets that far, but this one has pride of place next to the front door to greet any unpleasant callers.
I'm glad I purchased this sword for my collection; all new technology is applied to a classic weapon and the results are a line of products both practical and incredibly aesthetic. The sword is well balanced, handles as if it was part of your arm. The blade is sharp, thick and strong yet easy to maneuver. The handle is solid and ergonomic and the pommel counterweights and complements the whole sword for swift and powerful thrusts. It's perfect! Thanks!
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