Musashi - 1060 Carbon Steel - Bamboo Warrior Sword - Blue Saya
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    The ultimate bamboo handmade by Musashi!
    With the result being well within that goal, this blade is nothing short of an excellent value.

    Handmade, the blade hamon is formed by the clay temper process during production. The blade is differentially hardened and comes extremely sharp! Like the more expensive models, this blade can even be bent 45 degrees and will return to the straight and true form.

    Art of bamboo, the tsuba, fuchi, both menuki, and kashira are all made up of bamboo artwork. This sword is well balanced and the tight handle wrap feels great. Comes complete with a black cotton storage bag and Musashi retail box.

    Materials and Way of Forge:

    • Traditional hand forge Muku-kitae method.
    • 1060 High Carbon Steel with clay temper process.
    • 55 HRC blade hardness.
    • Hamon and hardness created with temper process.
    • Real hamon, not wire brushed or printed.
    • Real ray skin wrapped grip with black cotton cord wrap.
    • Extremely sharp hand honed edge.
    • Steel tsuba, fuchi, and kashira; Brass habaki.
    • Can be disassembled for care or display.
    • Dual bamboo mekugi (peg), hardwood handle.
    • Hardwood scabbard with high quality piano paint finish.
    • 39 3/4 in. overall, 27 1/2 in. blade, 10 3/4 in. handle.
    • Includes black cotton sword storage/carry bag.
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    About Musashi:

    Miyamoto Musashi was a famous Japanese swordsman and is believed to have been one of the most skilled swordsmen in history. Musashi, as he is often simply known, became legendary through his outstanding swordsmanship in numerous duels, even from a very young age. He is the founder of the Hyoho Niten Ichi-ryu, or Niten Ryu style of swordsmanship and wrote Go Rin No Sho, The Book of Five Rings, a book on strategy, tactics, and philosophy that is still studied today.

    Musashi writes about his first duel:
    "I have trained in the way of strategy since my youth, and at the age of thirteen I fought a duel for the first time. My opponent was called Arima Kihei, a sword adept of the Shinto ryu, and I defeated him. At the age of sixteen I defeated a powerful adept by the name of Akiyama, who came from the prefecture of Tajima. At the age of twenty-one I went up to Kyoto and fought duels with several adepts of the sword from famous schools, but I never lost." -Musashi Miyamoto, Go Rin No Sho

    It is notable that Musashi died of what is believed to be thoracic cancer, and was not killed in combat. He died peacefully after finishing the Dokkodo ("The Way of Walking Alone", or "The Way of Self-Reliance"), 21 precepts on self-discipline to guide future generations.

    After his death various legends began to appear. Most talk about his feats in kenjutsu and other martial arts, some describing how he was able to hurl men over 5 feet backwards, other about his speed and technique. Other legends tell of how Musashi killed giant lizards in Echizen, as well as Nues in various other prefectures. He gained the stature of Kensei, a "sword saint" for his mastery in swordsmanship. Some believed he could run at super-human speed, walk on air, water and even fly through the clouds.
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    Customer Reviews|Average Rating: 4.90 out of 5

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    Reviewed by Blake Gillette on Jan 11, 2012   5 out of 5

    this sword screams boomshakalakalakaboom, so badass.....i love it

    Reviewed by Nathan Campbell on Sep 17, 2010   5 out of 5

    great sword!!! this was my first sword and wont be my last!!! my only problem was with how LONG it toke to get here(2-3 days my butt 1 week)and another problem was when it did get here fedex threw it over my fence! insted of leaving it in the porch or walking around and puting it on the back porch :( (fence wasnt locked at all)
    it luckly didnt damage my sword but still kinda anoying but its not true swords falt and i still love this site
    ILL BE BACK for more!

    ps. thank you true swords!

    Reviewed by clarence shepherd on Aug 24, 2010   4 out of 5

    this is my therd sword from ts and its a sweet sword the best one so far . im really impressed very sharp steel be carefull highly recomended

    Reviewed by mark kimbrough on Aug 17, 2009   5 out of 5

    I am SO happy with this sword.
    Absolutely no complaints.
    True Swords is the Truth, word up.

    Reviewed by david cotrone on Aug 01, 2009   5 out of 5

    Truly the best 80$ I have ever spent on a sword, the hamon is real and not wire brushed, and the blade (pardon the pun) Shines through the rest of my collection, the tsuba is not its natural colour but that can be fixed with a bit of sanding, I dont suggest sanding the kashira or fuchi since they are copper they really clash with the iron tsuba if you bring out there true colour, I was a bit apprehensive about getting a blue saya but I found myself liking it more and more as I spent more time with the sword. I bought this when all the other 80$ katana were sold out, and I cursed myself when the black saya came out a few days after I ordered (before the sword came in actually) but I'm happy I didn't get a black saya, the blue brings diversity to my collection, also, a very nice sword bag came with the blade, the box was much nicer than expected and it came with a certificate of authenticity. True Swords even sent a poster with there logo. Shipping was also much faster than I would have thought.

    I am extremely happy with my purchase and cant wait to pick up my next musashi katana from trueswords.

    Reviewed by Paul Gandy on Jul 31, 2009   5 out of 5

    This is my first sword from True Swords and everything has exceeded my expectations, the vendor, the sword, and customs (which of course True Swords has no control over). If I write a review, at all, I usually wait until I have had a chance to thoroughly test the product. That is not the case this time.
    First, True Swords: All that has been said about their customer orientation and speed I found to be true. I don’t know what time zone True Swords is in, but Wednesday night I had a question and had an answer waiting the next morning. I ordered that morning, Thursday, and had a tracking number that afternoon, and the package arrived at Miami Saturday. This was their normal service, I paid nothing extra. I also had a question one night earlier in the month and had a personalized answer waiting the next morning. These people must not work just 9-5, nor find the answer at their convenience.
    Second, the sword itself: I have had two katanas in the past. They were both WWII issue, officially known as Type 95, and I never cut more than air with them. But they introduced me to katanas and I’ve admired them since. The problem was that I could never find one with the minimum quality that I would accept for the price that I could afford. Musashi’s Bamboo Warrior fills the bill. The fittings are seamless, it has a real hamon (a big selling point to me), a blade that should take reasonable bend without taking a set, real ray skin, wooden handle (no plastic), everything is tight and fits as it should, the ito is tight and the diamonds formed are generally uniform, and the sword can be disassembled. That is nearly, but not all that I wanted, and for $80, cheepers. I wasn’t all that enthused about ordering a blue saya. While I was debating between a black or red saya and waiting until the beginning of the following month to order the black sayas sold out. I see that they are back at this time. And believe it or not, while on line the red sayas sold out before completing my order. So thinking it’s now or possibly never, I ordered the blue. I’m getting use to the blue colour and am liking it more. It cut paper very nicely on receiving, but after a quick honing it goes through paper like a hot knife through butter. It passed the plastic jug test with colours by cleanly severing a 2 L coke bottle. The blade did an excellent job of absorbing the shock. I felt only a slight change in resistance as the blade passed from air to plastic, nothing that I would remotely call a shock. It feels like it will handle fast and excellently. I have not toyed with it in that fashion to any degree. Quarters are tight and I use a boken when I want to play. However, it does feel a bit light to me. But that is strictly a subjective opinion. I can not find Musashi’s sword weights listed. However, for what’s it worth, the POB is 4¼”. There were five parallel light surface scratches on one side of the blade. I can’t blame True Swords nor Musashi for this as they could have occurred from my importer or with customs. Both had a go at inspecting. The scratches polished out in short order, and as I expected that section of the blade then had a better polish than the factory’s. So it was necessary to continue the polishing along the entire side of the blade. I also received a document of authenticity which I value, that has an English translation except for the manufacturing date, as I now have more detailed information concerning the sword. For example, True Swords states the blade length as 27½”. Musashi’s documentation gives, and my tape shows, 28½”. However, this includes the habaki. The only thing that I object to is seeing “China” stamped on the sword, and to a lesser extent “Musashi”. The only improvement that I would like to see, and I see it only on much more costly swords, is a kojiri on the distal end of the saya to prevent dings. I would have paid a little more for such. A koiguchi at the throat would be nice also, giving it a more finished appearance. But this has to be the greatest sword buy on the market as is, and True Swords’ price at $80 was $20 (or 20% lower) than the competitors’ price of $100.
    Third, customs: I never know what to expect from them. Here, they are very arbitrary. For example, I ordered two sword canes from different vendors and they arrived on the same day. One sold for $75 and came right through. The other was a pre 2007 Cold Steel for $125. That one cost me about $300 and 2-3 months when finished. I think some government official liked it too. Another case, I ordered two equal bos from different vendors valued at $20 each. One came in for $10 and the other for $30. They declared my Microsoft’s Office 2007 program as worthless at $00. I can go on and on. This is why I usually bring in my swords in in my luggage as I’m allowed $500 duty free. It is also why I cater to shorter (_37”), introductory priced swords. However, this time for $80 I decided to chance it. The sword arrived in Miami Saturday and left Monday, cleared customs Tuesday, was in route Wednesday, and I picked it up Thursday morning. That’s an international delivery one week after ordering. This in itself must be near some kind of record. The duty was argumentatively fair, according to local standards, but not cheap at $33. That’s 41% of the value. Still better than hiring a lawyer and spending $100s of dollars to retrieve my property as in the case of the sword cane (I still think some government official wanted that sword cane), or paying 150% duty as I did on a wooden stick (the bo).
    Local customs are out of True Swords’ control. Having said that, I am most impressed with True Swords. Their prices and services are outstanding. I have put them number one on my list of vendors and will always inquire at their site first in the future.

    Reviewed by james harshman on Jun 23, 2009   5 out of 5

    this is the second katana ive gotten from TS and i gotta say, they def held up to their name. this sword is awesome. great price, great look. i did notice the CHINA stamped on the seppa along with MUSASHI. i dont mind the MUSASHI so much but i may try to flip it over or something, or even replace it. the tsuba is a little smaller in diameter than i expected, but it fits well. the tsuka is narrower than my other one, which makes it easier to hold on to. so if youve got smaller hands, this is perfect. the ito is also very tightly wrapped. the rest of the fittings are secure and fits the saya quite nicely, not too snug. other than a few marks on the blade and that annoying greasy stuff on the tsuba and other dark metals, its near perfect. all in all, great buy for the price. looking forward to cutting with it.

    Reviewed by Donald Gomes on Jun 04, 2009   5 out of 5

    What a GREAT SWORD for the price, it's a steal! A 1060 High Carbon Steel sword, which has a flawless blade, not one mark. Clay-temper process with a REAL HAMON, 55HRC blade hardness. The hamon reminds me of a flame across the blade, so cool. Usually, only a katana costing two or three times this have these qualities. The blue saya really tops it off, it's beautiful. It came razor sharp, I was cutting paper with it the first night, then some bamboo, just like butter! There were a few scratches/scrapes on the brass habaki, so what, I'll just replace it. I plan on changing the tsuba anyway! Buy it if you can, mine sold out the the day after I bought it. TRUE SWORDS have done it again with a GREAT BUY!!!

    Reviewed by Anthony Costanzo on May 23, 2009   5 out of 5

    For the price you can't beat it anywere. This sword is sharp and cuts clean and fast. The sword came well packaged with no scratches, and got here fast. Great sword and great service. Now I know why my friends recommened you so highly. Will buy from you again soon. Thanks!!!

    Reviewed by maurice doster ii on May 13, 2009   5 out of 5

    its the 2nd gen bamboo warrior and it has a real hamon like the 1st gen, but the tsuka dose not have the bottle shape like the 1st gen (its a little fatter). the hamon on mine is that of "midare with islands" something i never seen before but it looks great. this sword is fast and light. cutting tatami mats two times before it falls is so easy with this blade.

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