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I'd say the price is good, seeing that you could buy 2 Bokken Katana at somewhat the same price range. I just picked this one because I wanted to see the Wakazahi up close.But all in all, deliver was fast and the product is Grade A stuff.
This is the second product I've purchased from cold steel (the first being another polypropylene bokken 3 years ago) and so far I'm quite satisfied. Everything is very solid, the katana and wakizashi while light, both have a nice weight to them. There are only two downsides to these- one, they show scuffs and scratches like crazy. Seriously, you hit a cardboard box with it twice and the upper half of the blade becomes white with scratch marks. Two, the hand guard for the katana wasn't an exact fit. I had to really force it on, and actually damage it a teeny bit. (Yes it was facing the right way.) But at least it won't be coming off.Other than that, these are very strong bokken. They smash through broom handles, tree branches and the like with no problem. The only visible damage left on the bokken are annoying scratch marks, no dents or dings or gashes. If you want a long lasting practice sword for some serious hard hitting and sparring, this is worth the money.
Perfect For The Beginner Swordsman~!Considering that I would need something other than the Iaito I purchased from here earlier (an outstanding product in itself no doubt), I figured I would also need either a bokken or a bokken stand-in to practice with until I can get my skill level up to being able to handle the Iaito.First impressions can be quite deceiving, as despite its lightness, both of these polypropene Katana and Wakazashi are sturdy enough such that if can hurt if you're on the business end of one. Although not as solid as an authentic wooden bokken, these polyproprene ones are still solid nonetheless as both training equipment and self-defense armament.As for weight, I cannot say much on the Wakizashi as I do not have a Wakizashi-type Iaito to compare it to. However, when comparing the weight of the Katana-type bokken to its Iaito counterpart, the weight of the former felt slightly lighter than the latter. I have yet to practice with it enough to have a say on the blade balance, but it does come quite close to the real thing--be it battle-ready or a dull-bladed Iaito.All in all, Cold Steel made available for us quite a pair of Bokken Daisho. A perfect deal for anyone who has an interest in the Two Heavens as One Style (use of a long and short sword). That said, I would still recommend a wooden bokken and will purchase one in the future to complement these polypropene ones.
this is second set purchased and just like the first they are good quality, will have to see how they hold up compared to the first set so far 5 out of 5
One of my most favorite purchases from Trueswords.These bokkens allow you to perform at the peak of your capabilities as a martial artist without fearing damage to your training weapon...(but watch out, you might damage your body instead! Read the rest of the review to see what I mean.) Also, being as light as they are, they allow you to physically endure for much longer than you would be able to with traditional wooden bokken. ProsThese swords have definitely proven to be â€˜unbreakableâ€™ as they are promoted to be in the product information. For a simple test, I set the wakizashi to rest between two chairs, and struck down on it with all my might to see what would happen. It bent to absorb the shock of the blow, and went back to its original shape almost instantly. Impressive! There was some minor scuffing on the wakizashi from this test, but nothing noticeable or compromising to its durability. Good sign when I know I put all my strength into the strike. Aside from being able to take abuse, I find using these weapons in solo training is the most fun part. Without having to worry about injuring an opponent, I can attack with as much speed and force as necessary by myselfâ€¦and it is very easy to do since these are so light weight and aerodynamic. They make a pleasing sound when you strike the air with the proper technique. Thus, you can still train just as well with this as you would with an unsharpened iaito. Thereâ€™s definitely no bo-hi wind noise to listen for, but the noise of your non-contact swings, as well as the collision against the wakizashi are satisfying enoughâ€¦and you donâ€™t have to worry about eviscerating yourself or someone else on accidentâ€¦thatâ€™s the point of these synthetic bokkens. Still, I consider these dangerous weapons in the right hands. I notice that the tips on both of these are rather pointedâ€¦not rounded off like many standard bokkens. Do not attempt to thrust with the kissaski during training for this reason, but, also keep in mind to take advantage of it and thrust with if youâ€™re unfortunate enough to be fighting off a real assailant. I am not sure if this sharp point will last thought given repetitive sparring, but weâ€™ll see. Another thing to mention: the handle on this is much longer than that of a traditional bokken, about a good 4 inches. This is immediately noticeable on the product picture. The entire length of the bokken itself is only about half an inch or so longer than a normal one though, so they just made the handle longer basically for better leverage on strikes, and slightly shortened the blade length to compensate.Even though the wakizashi seems to not take hits as well, in that damage shows much more conspicuously on itâ€¦.I treasure it much more than the bokken just because of howâ€¦neat it is. I canâ€™t explain it. I just love being able to swing it in doors with less risk of hitting the walls, or furniture around me. That is one of the primary reasons to own a wakizashi after allâ€¦much more viable weapon for close-quarters and indoor combat. Since this one is extremely light weight, itâ€™s just so fun to play with personallyâ€¦and itâ€™s always great to know it would serve as a reliable bludgeoning weapon (possibly a piercing weapon given the tip I mentioned!) thatâ€™s easy to carry, as well as conceal compared to a katana-bokken. ConsThis list might seem extensive, but really when I think about it, these problems arenâ€™t much of a concern to me, because I donâ€™t plan on using these wildly like many rowdy teenagers might, nor in a real fightâ€¦so these problems arenâ€™t going to affect the 5 stars I gave it at all. I still consider these my new favorite training weapons.I hate to say this, but this purchase left a hole in my walletâ€¦especially for someone who works part-time minimum wage. For about 50 dollars, I could have spent the same amount of money for some high quality white oak bokkens..and speaking of traditional bokkens, I havenâ€™t undermined their value. In fact, I disagree with those who made videos claiming that these cold steel bokkens render wooden bokkens obsoleteâ€¦itâ€™s so not true. As it says directly in the product information, â€˜These are not as rigid as woodâ€™â€¦ this means they are not as dense â€“ they flex and bend when they clash against another object with considerable force. This is not a good thing when either sparring with extreme intensity, of perhaps fighting someone for real who also has some sort of dense melee weapon, such as baseball bat. Just imagine would happen if you had a group of gangsters assault you with bats, and you try to block with one of these synthetic bokkens. Itâ€™s a recipe for disaster unless you are a master of the Japanese sword, and strike first and true, or competently evade the attacks in the wild foray while simultaneously counterattacking and dispatching each personâ€¦which of course, most of us are incapable of, including myself. It would be easier to do with a tool that you know you can block with when youâ€™re up against multiple opponents. Blocking is not a safe thing to do with these when faced against someone who has either murderous or overzealous intent with their wooden weapon. The blade will bend, not absorbing the full energy of the strikeâ€¦ allowing the wooden bat to continue on its path and smash into your body. It actually happened to me once when training with my girlfriend. My defense was completely by-passed when she struck with all her might, and my blade almost twisted around in a loop in response...not to mention she hit me in the shoulder. These are meant for â€˜trainingâ€™ only, these are not tools that will be able to handle the concussive force of an extremely powerful blunt attack. Of course they wonâ€™t â€˜breakâ€™, we know this already, but they will instead only disperse the energy of the strike to travelâ€¦â€™somewhere elseâ€™, perhaps a limb, risking that limb to â€˜breakâ€™ instead of your weapon..which is meant to prevent such injuries if you have trained to balance your defense and offense like I have. This is the reason I wouldnâ€™t bring this with me as self-defense weapon unless I had no other alternative, or if I became much more confident in myself offensively, and abandoned my usual balanced fighting strategy that I just mentioned. Against unarmed assailants, sure; this is perfect - you can't lose. But even a common brain-dead thug with a bat could get the edge over you when youâ€™ve been trained to defend, and expect the parry to absorb the blow and counterattackâ€¦so always keep this in mind if you want to walk around with this as your self defense toolâ€¦otherwise you will want to hit them before they hit you, or defend in such a way that itâ€™s more of an attack than a block.Anyway, as most people know by now, these arenâ€™t â€˜cut-resistant eitherâ€™â€¦just watch the SBG videoâ€¦not that youâ€™ve havenâ€™t seen it already. Iâ€™ve even received a few gashes on the spine of the wakizashi. That reminds me..the backs of these swords are rather sharp. Itâ€™s the complete antithesis of what youâ€™d expect on a katanaâ€¦the front is dull and smooth, the back is capable of slicing my fingersâ€¦ but I donâ€™t mind all that much. It would just help me improvise to do even more damage to an enemy in the case of an emergency..letâ€™s just hope it doesnâ€™t become its bane, and causes it to eventually cause splits and fissures on it to grow, and chop off the bladeâ€¦but I expect that would take close to a year to happen..these are still VERY sturdy training weapons. They arenâ€™t like a wet noodle â€“ so donâ€™t think thatâ€™s what I was saying earlier. They are stiff, but with EXTREME force, they will bend rather dramatically.Another misleading notion is that these replicate the weight and feel of a real katana. Sorry, but these are MUCH lighter than traditional katanasâ€¦which all-in-all, isnâ€™t a bad thing in my opinion. I love how fast I can strike with these bad-boys..theyâ€™re the perfect offensive non-lethal weapons ever!...but no so much defensive, as aforementioned. I would compare the weight of the cold steel bokken to that of the 1060 Musashi Moroha Zukuri I got for Christmas. itâ€™s so light, it feels like thereâ€™s a double-bo hi lightening the mass. I like being able to train with weapons of all weights, shapes, and sizes, so anything extremely light, or extremely heavy serves in both my cardio and anaerobic workouts. So thank you Cold Steel for lying about the weight on this, because the light weight actually turned out to be a welcomed surprise!ConclusionSoâ€¦Itâ€™s not stiff, at least, when you fight vigorously with itâ€¦. Itâ€™s not cut-resistantâ€¦just 2 days of sparing showed that. Doesnâ€™t closely duplicate a real katana in weight and feel, but I kind of like that. I almost feel like taking a star off this because of how misleading that product information is, and how expensive the lies were â€“ but I am so satisfied with it that I canâ€™t possible do so.If I were to rate this product down, Iâ€™d do it on the Cold Steel siteâ€¦Trueswords has been very good to me. They managed to put these two bokkens, a huge 52 inch bokken, as well a tactical knife all into one package for me. This left me much less of a mess to clean up and crush for the garbage man =) also, it came in great condition, unlike a sword I recently ordered from another sword companyâ€¦the box was absolutely trashed, no padding in it whatsoever, and the product was received damagedâ€¦what a disgrace. Iâ€™m really coming to trust Trueswords now. The one time I did have a problem, they fixed it immediately and replaced my item with something better. So in the end, itâ€™s hard to scorn any purchase from this site when writing my reviews. Perfect prices, fast and reliable shipping, trustworthy and compassionate staffâ€¦I love this site. I will be buying more when I can afford it.Anyway, sorry for that side-ramble. Get these swords if youâ€™re tired of wooden bokken breaking on you, if you want super-light weapons to train with that look extremely awesomeâ€¦and for the best reason: for fun. Even just swinging the Wakizashi around like a goof ball is tons of funâ€¦get them if you can afford it!
I like these, they're pretty cool. I like the way they look and they're pretty durable, as expected from cold steel. The katana isn't quite as heavy as I would like to be in order to represent the weight of a real katana (I compared it with the Shadow Warrior), but the weight difference isn't too large. Overall, a nice product; both of them! And, I'm a pretty small guy, so I also really like the wakazashi; fits nicely in my hand(s). Definitely recommended.
First, I'd like to congratulate True Swords on the efficiency with regards to shipping. I live practically on the other side of the US from the main TS warehouse, and yet I got my bokken within the week.Foremost, I'd like to say I'm very impressed with these swords. I have not yet done any major sparring with them, but just from feeling them I can tell that they will be practically indestructible from impact hits. They feel right in my hands, and they look friggin' awesome.I do, however, have one very minor problem with these. Getting the tsuba and retaining ring on took a lot of strength and effort, if done incorrectly. If done correctly, it takes about half that strength.Overall, incredibly good swords. If you're just getting into the wonderful world of Japanese swords, these are perfect. If you're experienced in the art of using Japanese swords, these are perfect.
First of all, let me say I was amazed with how quickly I got my shipment; only three days after I placed the order.I got two of these sets, that way my little brother and I can spar with something that won't snap on impact and possibly turn a guy in a haven for splinters. Everyone said these things were indestructable, so I figured I'd go for it and spend the little extra money.Now when they arrived, I thought to myself, "this has to be a joke." I was expecting something that looked and felt like it was real metal, only to find that they all looked like cheap plastic. But after testing them, I saw how wrong I was.I took all four of them out and practiced on a steel pole in my back yard. Both katanas and both wakizashis severely dented the pole, with barely visible marks on the swords.I give it a 5/5. I would suggest though that if you plan to use these for sparring, get something to protect your hands and fingers just in case the swing drops below the guard. A half decent hit from these bad boys will break bones.
absolutely indestructible as stated. the wonderful clack noise made on impact is absolutely mind numbingly nice to hear on each strike. well worth the buy in every way!
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