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After seeing all the great reviews for Musashi I decided to buy the Flowering Bamboo and I have to say I'm kind of disappointed in this one. Mine came with a slight nick in the blade (nothing major), a very spotty sharpening job (some parts of the blade are pretty sharp while others not so much including about a 6 inch area from the habaki that has no edge at all), the kashira is a little loose (not too bad but I'm afraid that it may fall off eventually with much use), and the tsuba sits a little crooked. Judging by other reviews for Musashi I'm sure that this is a rare occurrence and probably just one that slipped through QC. I haven't cut anything with this one yet because I'm still trying to decide if I want to go through the process of returning it.
It's not all bad though. The sword has a nice weight and balance with the no bo-hi blade. Mine has a nice pronounced hamon. It also has nice detail in the tsuba and kashira. The ito is tight and has held up well so far though my handling and practice swings with it. It has a different shaped kissaka than most katana you see. The tip is keener and comes to a sharper point. More of a Hira-Zukuri style judging by pictures that I've seen.
True Swords was also really fast with the shipping.
If everything was right with mine this would definitely be a 5 star review as it is a beautiful sword. I guess I just got one of the few lesser quality ones from Musashi.
This was my first Musashi, and I am very happy with the sword. As other reviewers have said, it's got a great weight, a pronounced hamon, and came very sharp. I have had several comments on how good the blade looks and feels in the hand, and I couldn't be happier, especially for the price!
5 stars from me Trueswords is hands down the best. Now this flowering bamboo is as far as I'm concerned is 100 percent the best in quality and looks.I really like the heavier no Bo hi blade and the hamon is very visible and beautiful, blade was sharp out of box but with just a few minutes on a diamond stone now it is a 27 inch razor blade, if you're looking at it get it you'll love it I do
. Now if trueswords would get some low price tatami mats I would be first in line. THANKS TRUE SWORDS
I got this sword like 3 days ago and it was very awesome I like everything about this sword except for the kissaki there was nothing wrong with it I'm just picky on looks but anyways everything was wrapped and put on very tight. And it has some weight to it and my sword came very sharp. 5 stars
This is my first Katana, but from what I can tell it's top notch. Very sharp, good weight, feels perfect in hand. The hamon is subtle, but nicely done. And the letter of authenticity, with the marks of the craftsmen affixed, is a nice touch.
I specifically wanted a Katana without Bo Hi, which proved more challenging than I anticipated.
Materials are excellent quality, just as described. Shipping was fast, secure and product arrived in perfect condition.
True swords service was amazing. Got the sword very quickly and without any problem.The sword is absolutely beautiful. It handels great, better than my other sword with Bo-hi. The balance is perfect for me. The Hammond is nice but very difficult to see... Everything is as described in the product info. The steel tusba is great. The sword is very well made and I did nKnow the price I would guess it cost several hundred $ .Also it is very sharp... At least plenty for me...If you are looking for a nice katana, I would definitely recommend this one, you won't be disapointed
Hey sword enthusiasts,Wanted to do an updated review for 2014 on this wonderful sword. I've had mine for about 2 weeks now and It is still just as beautiful and deadly as when it arrive. Any Trueswords regular doesn't need to be told shipping was excellent, timely and secure.I was interested in seeing what the no bo-hi musashi swords could offer and I'm thoroughly pleased. It is strong and durable. The blade and Tsuka are longer than the other swords I own and it feels like a bit different style is needed but effective no less. After some good use put into it I'm here to say this thing is razor sharp and can hold an edge very well. It handles light targets like pool noodles or water bottles great and for being unfullered I love the blade geometry as it is not hindersome going through lighter targets.I don't encourage you attempt it but I live in a rural area and there are tons of tall grassy stalks and weeds and it was very fun getting used to this beauty. It even handled softwood saplings with easy, and no damage to the blade that i detected, only needed to be cleaned and polished after.Beautiful sword, great price for what you're getting. Don't hesitate or they'll raise the prices again!
beautiful blade. i fell in love instantly.the hamon is gorgeous. DEFINITELY satisfied. true swords is awesome !!!!
I'll start by saying this was my first experience with True Swords and I have to say, I WILL be doing business with them again. Shipping time was unreal. I placed the order Thursday afternoon and the sword was delivered Saturday afternoon. The sword is AMAZING! The quality of every piece on this katana rivals that of others that cost hundreds. The sword is pretty nicely balanced and the blade came extremely sharp and is VERY sturdy. Ito is tight and the tsuba is thick and beautifully detailed (unlike other swords of the price). The saya is light weight and has a very high gloss finish. The hamon is just beautiful. The pictures really don't do it justice. This sword is DEFINITELY worth the price, and more. If I'd known about True Swords before now I wouldn't have wasted my money on other, more expensive swords of lesser quality. Thanks True Swords. I look forward to buying more from you.
This sword is amazing. I ordered it, on Halloween, and on the 2nd of November it came. I did some cutting with it and even for an amateur like me it cuts like a dream. The only problem I have is that the sheath occasionally rubs a bit of sawdust onto the blade, but that's easily fixed with just quickly wiping it off with a cloth or some such. But even so, I don't care about the weight..for a sword like this, the price is amazing. This sword could easily go for the 100 dollar price range. I also -love- the hamon, it's beautiful. The fact this sword is so great for the price range, is what makes me happy. True swords is one of the best companies I've found yet!
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