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#115360 - 03/05/05 09:20 PM Quality of Katana

This has been bothering me for a while, I was on here a ew months back, and I had seen this post about the quality of a sword for your money, and today I was looking for it, so i about opened every thread trying to find it... i even used the search function... ugh... no luck... I will recreate what I remember right here so if anyone knows where it is and can paste it in, or canwrite one up for me, thanks:

it was like this:

$0-100: Junk, not worth touching with a 10 foot pole.
100-200: you can touch it, not much better than a wall hanger
200-300: mabye even battle quality

(it goes on and on until 10,000)

10,000-you have way to much money to spend on a sword.

You might be thinking I kind of know it why get it again, well because I am not confident of my self, yep. *nod head, confident of himself*

#115361 - 03/05/05 09:54 PM Re: Quality of Katana

Thats one of the three hundred dollar ones you were talking about. My sensei has one, it still looks beautiful, and it won't make you bankrupt. You can look around the rest of the site in case that doesn't interest you. If you scroll down a bit on each description it will tell you the quality, sharpness and such. Their swords are even rated by other customers.

#115362 - 03/06/05 07:42 AM Re: Quality of Katana
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I vaguely recall a few threads like that. Seems like I posted in those threads. Try narrowing down the search to include my user name. Might help.

Also include the terms "Swordstore Bugei Iaito Shinken wallhanger"

[This message has been edited by Charles Mahan (edited 03-06-2005).]

#115363 - 03/06/05 10:48 AM Re: Quality of Katana

That particular list was my creation. While looking for it I found a lot of stuff, including my reasons why swords are expensive essay which I am particularly proud of. The reason why it was so hard to find was that it was in the most unlikely of places, in a Sabakuto discussion

[QUOTE]Please note: there are exceptions, mostly the "cheap junk" priced higher to make them look better. You get what you pay for or less. Rarely, if ever do you get more.
0-$100 - Stainless steel trash, do not touch with a ten foot pole.

$100-250 - Not-so-cheap stainless and really cheap real swords. You can touch, but don't cut cardboard.

$250-500 - Half-decent blades. Some good wallhangers and semi-decent cutters. Do not use in steel on steel combat if you value the blade.

$500-1500 - Real Swords. Here, you get real weapons that could (in theory) be used for battle. Minimum range for a real cutting blade. Beware of art blades in this price range. These are handmade wall hangers designed for looking good, often with heavily carved hilts and sheathes. If you ask the artisan (as it will be an craftsman, not a salesman in this situation), he or she will generally inform you of such.

$2000 -10,000 - High Quality and Heirloom swords. These are swords bought to hand down through the generations. In this range you begin to see Damascus steel and precious gems used in the construction, as well as Renaissance-Era antiques.

$10,000 and up. - Only the greatest of swordsmiths can demand prices this high on the greatest of their blades. If you are willing to buy a blade like this, you have far too much money to spend on swords. Generally, most Japanese-forged swords are in this section, due to the 2 per month forging limit in Japan.

[This message has been edited by Benjamin1986 (edited 03-06-2005).]


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