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Let me start by saying that upon receiving the sword I was very impressed with the quality of overall craftsmanship at the price of the blade. It arrived on time and in excellent condition, beautifully oiled, and well balanced with an excellent weight. The reason I rate it so low is because while testing the strength and cutting power of the blade I became very apparent that the blade did not perform nearly as well as other blades made of 1060 carbon steel (which happens to be my preference), after just a few sessions of light and moderate cutting with regular oiling and cleaning done to the blade the edge lost its sharpness faster than I could have imagined as well as the blade actually bending itself which i had never managed after years of practice and with other blades of this quality. overall not bad for the price but I feel other 1060 blades out perform this sword by far.
This is an EXCELLENT entry level sword. If you are just getting into swords and want to try out a Katana, this is it. (Any of the Musashi 1060 Series.) When I held it for the first time I was amazed at how well made it was considering the price. Blade is extremely sharp, with a nice subtle hamon line. Fittings are all tight. The tsuba is a little thin, so I gave it 4 stars. otherwise, I'd give 5. Worth EVERY penny, shipped for less than $100 total.
Well to start off with, I love the tsuba design on this, however the picture does no justice. This will be my "test cut" sword as so I dont have to sharpen all of my swords regularly, and because my other swords are just too nice looking. So I figured if I'm buying myself 2 swords for looks, why not get one for actually cutting stuff. Havnt cut with it yet but it looks razor sharp(I cant even see the edge because its so sharp) and I suspect there will be good results. The sword has a nice tight fit with the saya and wont slip easily(virtually impossible), so make sure you dont chop off your fingers trying to get the sword out for battle. Other than that, balance is great and it feels good in your hands. Awesome buy for 80 bucks.
I was impressed by the shipping and care used to delivery the sword to me. It is a GREAT display piece or practical weapon. Very sharp!
I have to give this 5 stars. When I got it today I was so amazed by its beauty. The picture here is nice, but it looks so much better in person, and it came with the certificate of authenticity which is really nice. When I opened the box to take it out I wanted to see what this baby could do, and I chopped the packaging box in half with absolutely no effort. Just saying this is a great buy.
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