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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 !
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Wow! Great sword for not a bad price! Katana fits tightly in the saya,no rattle. Tsuka is wrapped tight,and in the correct way. Hamon is visible and unique. Fittings are solid and well made. Blade is polished well. This is just a great all around stater sword,or beautiful display item.
Just received mine this afternoon. I am very happy!
Shipping was fast as always. Thank you guys and the Fedex folks.
On to the katana…As with Musashi items, it came in the standard company box with the black and red Musashi colors. Inside, the sword was in a standard black sword bag packaged between three Styrofoam spacers and there were five silicate packs to absorb moisture. There was also the standard Musashi Silver Series Certificate which contains all sorts of information about the creation process and even the sword’s name. That was the only portion that was not translated so I will have to rely on a local contact at my favorite restaurant to tell me what it is.
Untying the bag and sliding the piece out, I was impressed with the speckled Saya – my first one like this. The product description calls this burgundy, but to my eyes it is a dark brown. Either way I like the look and feel. The Sageo is a dark red with white speckles and makes a nice complimentary look with the brown of the Saya and Ito. The Kojiri is a gloss black as is a small band at the Koiguchi.
Drawing the blade out, it was wrapped in plastic as most of my other Musashi katanas have been. Undoing that plastic, you will notice the blade is coated in a protective layer of oil. A careful wipe down, reveled an awesome blade. This is also my first no bo-hi katana. The Hamon was well defined. The Ha was clean and smooth – there were no discernable nicks, smudges, or flaws of any type. The Habaki and Seppa were solid.
The Tsuba is beautiful (in my opinion.) All the other Tsuka components were solid and as far as I can tell flawless. Everything is tight and feels good in your hands.
Since all my other swords have a Bo-hi, I was under the impression that a blade without one would be difficult to generate a Tachikaze, but not so with this katana. Perhaps all the practice is paying off and I am finally generating a solid cutting path? Either way, this blade made a terrific Tachikaze. It also came extremely sharp! I made a few light cuts and I can say this is the sharpest out of the box katana I have had (I own nine others.)
I have never been let down with a Musashi product. I was fortunate to catch this piece on a sale so it was just at $100 including shipping. And guys, I know there are all sorts of higher priced blades that allegedly are of better quality and I am sure many of them are worth the money, but this piece, even at the $110 price is really a good buy. It is solid, sharp and should last you decades with the proper care. Perhaps you even pass it down to future generations?
The Musashi 1060 series is a great line and you won’t be disappointed no matter which one (or ones) you get.
(P.S. I double-spaced the paragraphs so this would be easier to read, but sometimes it gets posted as a "Wall O'Text". Apologies if that turns out to be the case this time.)
This katana... This Katana... is my Favorite from True Swords, I love how it is made, it is well put together, and pretty sharp (not quite as sharp as i like mine) But it is sharp. I love the design on the tsuba, it is beautiful artwork, as well as the antique finish. I love the clay temper design, it is beautiful also. I am very well pleased with this sword, thank you so much True Swords and Musashi! This is lighter than my other 2 katana, and i quite like that. I love the cotton cord wrap color and feel as well as the speckled burgundy saya. I am immensely pleased with my purchase, thank you again!
Colors are a little ugly but that's just my taste, I liked the looks of the tsuba on the speckled burgundy over the bamboo without bo-hi so I went with it. Very happy with my purchase, beautiful sword, lighter than I expected actually. I also have a Ryumon phoenix but I got this to beat around. The phoenix is quite a bit heavier even with the bi-hi. The blade on this sword is a tiny bit more narrow. Not sure witch one I'd rather have in the zombie apocalypse. Lighter and faster go a long way. Mine arrived razor sharp, easily cuts paper. Shipping was fast, ordered Mon, received Thursday. I will definitely be buying more swords from here. Happy customer.
Loose Tsuba, washers on both side of Tsuba are bent out away from Tsuba, flat spot on blade, bamboo pegs through tang are WAY to long...DISPLAY ONLY, worth $50-$75 NOT 109!
Response: Thank you for alerting us with the quality issue with this product. We have contacted the vendor and are performing a quality control check to ensure we do not have any other unacceptable products within this item number. We will also be happy to refund your money or send you a replacement sword if you will contact our customer service department at 800-735-3326.
So this is my third Musashi. I have only bought the 1060 models, which began at 79 bucks, but now have gone up to 109 bucks. I also own the Ronin. This blade is, in terms of fit and function, the best of the three Musashi's and better than the Ronin which is 300 bucks and heavier and of lesser quality than this speckled burgundy Model without the bo-hi. Now that these are the same prices as the lesser Musashi's (this one has brass fixings and a nicely painted sheath, yeah it's just a sheath nerds). It is much more sturdy than the bo-hi model and succeeded in cutting through a four inch HARDWOOD branch that was still green. I have beaten this on all kinds of things, from two by fours to tatami mats wrapped around broom handles. It has chipped a tiny bit where I hit the dirt with it, to be expected, but for the most part it held up to a level of abuse that I never thought a sword would take. I would say that about my two Bamboo's with bo-hi's as well, I have beaten the crap out of them and they keep on ticking. The bo-hi blades are a bit faster, but this blade is simply heavier and will therefore penetrate a but further. Plus it's the best looking. MY ONLY COMPLAINT: The sword came wrapped in oiled saran wrap and this left a "pattern" of discoloration on the blade, which detracted from it's "collectible" untouched value. This seemed really unnecessary...maybe they were having trouble with the oil on the blades saturating the wooden scabbards. Also for those that think that these blades are cheap because they are made in China, you are so far behind the times in one hilarious way...It was the Chinese who invented this type of blade and many of it's manufacturing techniques way before the Japanese. So it's really a Chinese copy of a Japanese copy of a Chinese blade called a Jian.
Item came 3 days after ordering to Illinois from Georgia, so fairly quick.
The box and sword declare being made in China, but contrary to stereotype, this sword is very well made. The sheath is snug the first quarter centimeter, which is good so that the sword stays put. The sword itself is solid, nothing loose. Point of balance is about 5 and a half inches up the blade from the guard. The blade however is not razor sharp, as it failed to cut paper and seems to have a slight bevel on the edge, about a half a millimeter thick. That is not to say that is it not sharp in a practical sense, as it would cut through flesh fine. Mine also came with a deep scratch on the side of the spine, about 3 inches long. Overall I am VERY happy with the sword, my only regret is not having bought one back when they were apparently $80, as this was $130 after shipping. Though I can not fault them for raising the price, because with this degree of quality, it's still worth every bit.
A remarkable sword. for just over 100 dollars I can't imagine you can find a comparable product in quality and aesthetics. I've been looking at this sword for a long time. I've purchased many other swords from the musashi line and elsewhere. I do like the non-bohi rendetions very much as they just feel strong and for the most part balanced. Prior to this, i got the flowering bamboo. over the past few months its become one of my favorite training and cutting tools. I had assumed this was actually the same blade with different fittings etc. Holding this i don't think this is the case, as the balance is better, it feels lighter with the same consistency. Anyways I would recommend this sword, i haven't done any cutting as of yet but with my past experiences i have no doubt it will do great in that dept as well.
may 23 2014 Just got it today speckled/burg w/o bo:hi I love this katan. the craftman ship is GREAT. and the look of the blade is power. I like it better than with bo;hi Thank you Jonthan & True swords for a great value. P.S. buy this sword youll love it
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