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It cuts most boxes fairly well and looks good doing it.
Ok a small back ground on me , I've been a blacksmith for 30 years and a bladesmith for 20 years . I bought two Musashi katanas from True Swords , for the purpose of destroying them . This being one of them . I am no martial artist, nor do I have any original Japanese Katanas to compare fit of hardware to. So I am going to speak only on durability of this blade .
First , I skipped over cutting water jugs or any other soft impact items. I went right for pine 2x2s. This blade passed right through with no deflection of the blade , no chips to the blade or edge roll .
Second , I tied 16 pieces of 2" diameter bamboo together and proceeded to hack and chop at them with a total of 30 swings. Again no edge roll or chips to the blade .
Third I took the blade and proceeded to beat it through a 12" diameter red oak log with with a 2.5 pound blacksmiths hammer , splitting six pieces from it like you would with an ax .
All of this was done right out of the box, no extra sharpening was done .
After my tests the only visible damage was caused from the hammer striking the spline of the blade .
I then took the blade into the shop and was able to put a razors edge on the blade .
In short I could not reproduce this blade for cost it sells for let alone sell a finished katana .
Would I recommend the Musashi 1060 steel blade ? My only responce would be Hell Yes I Would !
Whiskey Ditch Forge
I had gotten this sword yesterday and I put it through extreme testing. It is amazing and I am VERY happy with my order. It's not the world best, but for the money, it's SO worth it.
This sword is the best
The pictures don't do this sword justice. It is absolutely stunning and feels very sturdy and well made. Comes with a certificate of authenticity as well, which I wasn't expecting. I haven't cut anything yet but after seeing how beautiful it is, I don't think I want to anymore. It didn't have a scratch on it and came with some grease that you just wipe off. So worth the money!
So I have to say, I have put this sword to some abuse since I received it. I have cut through numerous water bottles, in groups, hanging, thrown into the air, etc. I have also frozen some water bottles up to a 32 oz size, which is about 4" in diameter, cut through those like butter!!. Now, after hitting the ice with it, it did warp the blade slightly, but I was able to straighten back out. All in all, for the price, I have to say this sword holds up to the test. It is really bad ass!! If you are looking for a good priced, FUNCTIONAL Katana, I HIGHLY recommend this beautiful piece of steel!!
This sword is beautiful! The picture doesn't quite capture the detail of the dragon tsuba. Everything is very solid. The grip feels great and it seems pretty balanced. Mine wasn't the sharpest when I received it though. I understand why it wouldn't be but it would have been nice if it had been able to cut paper out of the box. Speaking of the box, the packaging was nice. It had styrofoam blocks to hold the sword in place. Thankfully the styrofoam didn't just fall apart and get stuck on everything as it so often seems to do. The shipping was very fast. They had it in Fed-Ex's hands within a day. The saya is truly a sight to see. It's black finish is very nice and handles well. My main thing that I'm not crazy about on the sword is that it has the "China" etching on a Japanese style sword. It is on the opposite side of where it says "Musashi" just above the tsuba. I look forward to buying from here again!
This sword is beautiful, and every bit what I expected. It came razor sharp, and finely polished. The handle is tightly wrapped, and does not feel like it will come undone, even with heavy use. The tsuba looks very will made, and the attention to detail on this sword is amazing.
Just recived my Sword today and I can't be more happy. The fit and finish on the sword is top notch, the blade is razor sharp, the saya has a tight fit and there is no rattle at all in the sword. My first Katana was a $300 United and this sword feels every bit as good, only difference in feel is this sword is lighter and faster. For the price you can't beat it, any one thinking of buying this sword I have two words, GET IT.
My first sword purchase and I am extremely satisfied with both the sword and service from Trueswords. For the price, it is a quality sword.
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