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#141071 - 05/09/05 05:53 PM paul chen
travisfraughton Offline
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looking into getting a practical katana, have heard mixed emotions about them, i was wondering if i could get some opinions, thanx for the help

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#141072 - 05/09/05 07:35 PM Re: paul chen [Re: travisfraughton]
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Well most people would probably say they aren't the absolute best out there, however if you wanted the absolute best then you would have to get a hand crafted folded steel sword forged by the best blacksmith around. Course that also the best way to empty your wallet to...

However not having any experience with them I can't really say whether they are good or bad. All I know is that my friend has merely a forged steel blade that he got for $230 CAN and it seems able to hold up to many things quite well (including large logs) It doesn't stay sharp nearly as long as say a folded one, but it seems pretty decent.
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#141073 - 05/09/05 09:39 PM Re: paul chen [Re: travisfraughton]
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yea hanwei swords are good but if i were you i would look at cold steels warrior series and bugei

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#141074 - 05/09/05 10:30 PM Re: paul chen [Re: modernwarrior]
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Strongly recommend searching the archives over at http://www.swordforum.com These swords have been reviewed many many many many times. There's a wealth of opinions and reviews already waiting for you.
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#141075 - 05/10/05 12:56 AM Re: paul chen [Re: Charles Mahan]
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Chen Chao-Po does great swords at a low price, if u want better buy a sword that has taken 7 years to make and cost you 7000 euro
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#141076 - 05/10/05 07:55 AM Re: paul chen [Re: Belnick]
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For those not in the know, Chen Chao-Po is Paul Chen's real name.

That said I disagree with the previous poster. Not everything turned out by the Hanwei forge is "great". They make a lot of really super cheap mass produced stuff with very poor quality control. They also turn out some really nice stuff, particularly the stuff that is custom made for Bugei Trading Company and passes their QC procedures.

Swords do not take 7 years to make. A couple of weeks or so is all that is required to make even the top notch art swords in Japan. There are plenty of reasonably affordable swords on the market that are better than than the cheap low end stuff that Hanwei turns out. Check the reviews at Swordforum. It's all there.


Edited by Charles Mahan (05/10/05 07:57 AM)
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#141077 - 05/10/05 08:57 AM Re: paul chen [Re: Charles Mahan]
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Quote:

For those not in the know, Chen Chao-Po is Paul Chen's real name.

That said I disagree with the previous poster. Not everything turned out by the Hanwei forge is "great". They make a lot of really super cheap mass produced stuff with very poor quality control. They also turn out some really nice stuff, particularly the stuff that is custom made for Bugei Trading Company and passes their QC procedures.

Swords do not take 7 years to make. A couple of weeks or so is all that is required to make even the top notch art swords in Japan. There are plenty of reasonably affordable swords on the market that are better than than the cheap low end stuff that Hanwei turns out. Check the reviews at Swordforum. It's all there.




of course you should NEVER buy the cheapest stuff, never ever hehe, no matter if it is a god or a man that made it

was talking about those 7 years samurai swords or what ever, or that was just a rumor they took seven years to complete
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#141078 - 05/10/05 11:04 PM Re: paul chen [Re: Charles Mahan]
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Quote:

For those not in the know, Chen Chao-Po is Paul Chen's real name.
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Then it's a good thing he goes by "Paul" instead of "Charlie"

Going back on topic, my cheapist Paul Chen blade - the Zatoichi - is being shipped to me now. I ran out of funds bidding on the Last Legend Zwihander and missed the time-frame (got funded, but too late) for a custom made hand-me-down Gim/Jian (no wushu flexibality for me) and again missed out on a sale price for a Dark Sentinal ...

My Wife: You have thirteen swords already - what do you need any more for?
Me: Well, they're all wallhangers except the one and it's not sharp.
My Wife: What'd you buy them for in the first place?
Me: (crying) I didn't know any better.

I hope I've not been too off topic. There has been a lot of advice here and on swordforum about the Chen/Hanwei/Iberia blades and the verdict seems to be that at the low end the Practical Plus (not Practical nor Practical Pro) is barely acceptible (most of the time due to the Quality problem) until one can take the next step up ($500+) or to the top tiers of $2,000 and up and up and up. But I'm no expert and this is based on no experience whatsoever.
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#141079 - 05/12/05 11:34 PM Re: paul chen [Re: travisfraughton]
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Registered: 05/11/05
Posts: 52
Hey hey!
Have you looked at any of the Last Legend blades? They look really nice, and are the ones I'm looking at once I get the money to buy myself a Japanese sword. check them out at www.lastlegend.com, and enjoy!

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#141080 - 05/13/05 08:42 AM Re: paul chen [Re: FuzzyVikingBear]
Belnick Offline
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Hey hey!
Have you looked at any of the Last Legend blades? They look really nice, and are the ones I'm looking at once I get the money to buy myself a Japanese sword. check them out at www.lastlegend.com, and enjoy!




why can't ppl pay a kid 10$ to fix up their site, making it look proffesional ffs, I see to many of these crap looking sites, u don't want to buy stuff from sites that look like this
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