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The only thing I can manage to say about this katana is that it is utterly and completely stunning. This thing is gorgeous. The colors really 'pop' when you see it in person and it feels great in your hands. It's definitely battle-ready and sharp as a razor. Be careful when you handle this amazing piece of work.
This sword has a beautiful color combination. The silk handle is a gold like color, and the dark red/dark purple saya has some nice graining to it. The tsuba is solid copper, very heavy and solid. The pattern on the tsuba is also well detailed with no flaws. The silk handle is extremely tight, i couldn't even move it if i tried! The blade itself, like others have said, is not "highly polished", in fact, it looks somewhat dull. However, the folds and grains in the hamon line are stunning. This sword has personality! The box is pretty nice as well, comes with a cleaning kit too. Well worth $200, probably more. Thank you Musashi Swords and thank you Trueswords.com!
beautiful. simply beautiful. great carrying box. amazingly heavy. beautiful hammon and folds. easily worth 300 or so
I would just like to say first off that the guys at True Swords are very knowedgeable courteous and prompt. Now about this katana that I purchased. I have looked at literally hundreds, from the range of $150-$800. I received mine today a week early, and immidiatly fully disassemble it, the quality of this sword is extremly high, all the fittings are tight the craftmanship is top of the line, the blade is razor sharp, very strong well made Katana. A steal at this price.Thanks!Tony M, Oregon
The polish is not quite "highly polished", but that is typical of "damascus" style blades; the finish is a very cloudy mirror finish, and probably equivalent to what you could achieve with a steady hand and 1000-1500 grit wet/dry. The hamon and fold lines are definitely crisp and beautiful however and might have been obscured with a finer polish. The cord wrapping on the handle had an exceptionally thick weave and seemed almost like nylon wrappings I've seen on practice swords. The handle felt a little thicker than those of most other production katanas as a result, but the grip is great overall.The balance is EXCELLENT, about 4.5" from the tsuba (contrast that with the 5-7" typical of many other production katana of similar dimensions). As a result the blade feels very lively and responsive but controllable when swung.The fittings were very tight, attractive, and well assembled. I have not yet subjected the sword to extreme shocks and impacts, and am not likely to do so; I am sure they would loosen under duress, but no sword is meant to be subject to extreme abuse.My only complaint is that the sword was not fitted perfectly to the scabbard, and so if it is shaken it will rattle slightly. Not the worst thing in the world, and certainly acceptable for the price range.Overall, an excellent sword for the price range. I only wish the scabbard were tighter.
I've had the sword now for a week. Here are my thoughts;Shipping: third sword I've purchased from TS, and once again it only took 3 days!Box: Beautiful albeit somewhat flimsy.Saya: Way better than the pic! It was closer to purple than brown with a brilliant speckle coat.Tsuba, etc: Very elegant and well fitted.Blade: Very sharp out of the box, and razor shard after a little honing. Beautiful REAL hamon. Not a bright blade, but that's due to the polisher allowing the folds to come through.Performance: Great balance!!! I've cut bamboo, aluminum cans, and water jugs (yes, I know...but I'm a kid at heart,) and there's not a scratch on the blade!So, why not 5 stars? Because, I am a serious martial artist, and I want to give an accurate review. I'll save my 5 stars for a museum quality katana.Overall...$200 very well spent! Thanks TS and thanks Musashi Brand...I'm very satisfied.
Ill have this sword tomorrow and from what i hear its excellent, i mean 4096 folds, thats awesome!
This is a very well made sword. The lines are crisp and the edge is very sharp. Its well worth the money for the workmanship. Two bad the scale only goes to five stars. This is a ten all the way.
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