Slightly OT: Where to buy a good katana?

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Slightly OT: Where to buy a good katana?

Postby Xibalba » Sat Mar 08, 2003 1:00 am

After helping a friend do a Japanese weapons demonstration recently, I have once again been bitten by the sword bug. I already own a katana, but the handle is a bit short and the balance is a bit off for my liking. I had intended on making a new weighted handle for it myself, but upon disassembling it, I found it was a piece of crap (too bad, because I like the cutting edge - wicked sharp!). Anyway, a new handle is out of the question, so I want a new sword! Any ideas anyone? I already am aware of martial arts suppliers like Century, and my local knife store has a couple on their back wall, but I want to know if my fellow forumites know of any hidden gems that I don't. I don't want to break the bank, but I want a decent blade with a live edge that I can actually practice with. It doesn't have to be especially decorative - function over form, as I always say.

Thanks in advance for your help.


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Postby Sword and Shield » Sat Mar 08, 2003 4:01 pm

CAS Iberia supposedly makes some nice ones, as does Museum Replicas. I doubt the Museum ones come sharpened though.

Worst comes to worst, Wally Hayes makes some gorgeous ones. Dropping $300+ is a lot, but the workmanship is peerless.

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Postby Zrexxer » Sat Mar 08, 2003 6:12 pm

You might pop over to Blade Forums and do a search for a fellow named Win Heger, as I hear it, he's the man to see if you're looking for swords. I don't know anything about swords, but I know Win's a good fella.


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Postby mschwoeb » Sat Mar 08, 2003 9:29 pm

try here:

Paul Chen makes some good ones.

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Postby sam the man.. » Sat Mar 08, 2003 9:42 pm

dude check out this link ~ you might be able to find some good Japanese blade here.. <img src="spyder.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle border=0><img src="wink.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle border=0><img src="spyder.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle border=0>


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Postby sven » Sun Mar 09, 2003 12:03 am


steel is unforgiving... sharp steel even more so

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Postby zardoz » Sun Mar 09, 2003 4:50 am

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Postby dialex » Tue Mar 11, 2003 1:27 am

I have some good news and some bad ones:
The good news is there is that Murasama guy, he used to make some pretty good swords <img src="smile.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle border=0>
The bad news is he'd dead (a few hundred years ago) <img src="tongue.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle border=0>

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