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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]
imcrazy Offline
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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]
modernwarrior Offline
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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]
Charles Mahan Offline
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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]
Belnick Offline
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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.
<snip>




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]
FuzzyVikingBear Offline
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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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Quote:

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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#141081 - 05/13/05 06:12 PM Re: paul chen [Re: Belnick]
kichigai-han Offline
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Registered: 04/15/05
Posts: 12
you done any google searches for howard clark?
might wanna try. *drool*

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#141082 - 05/15/05 10:39 PM Re: paul chen [Re: kichigai-han]
oxygen8 Offline
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Registered: 05/15/05
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Clark is amazing! but too bad he has a huge backlog.
Check these guys out, they are really amazing as well. I LOVE their videos!
www.zhengwutang.com

[image]http://www.zhengwutang.com/chinese/archive/02/01.jpg[/image]
[image]http://www.zhengwutang.com/chinese/archive/02/02.jpg[/image]

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#141083 - 05/15/05 11:01 PM Re: paul chen [Re: oxygen8]
Xavier Offline
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Registered: 05/10/05
Posts: 52
Loc: Atlanta,Georgia
i've been recently thinking about getting a katana, i'm wondering if it would be wise to just go to japan and have one made for me i mean i already want to go anyway

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#141084 - 05/16/05 10:22 AM Re: paul chen [Re: Xavier]
Walter Wong Offline
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Registered: 12/09/04
Posts: 275
Loc: Boston, Massachusetts, United ...
There's no need to go to Japan to get a Japanese made sword. Plus unless you know how to speak Japanese very well and you understand the strict system they have about Japanese swords getting in and out of Japan, you won't find going to Japan to pick one up that convienant.

You can get a traditionally made Japanese sword made in Japan from www.swordstore.com

Or you can go to http://www.aoi-art.com/


Edited by Walter Wong (05/16/05 10:24 AM)
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#141085 - 06/03/05 02:44 AM Re: paul chen [Re: Walter Wong]
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Registered: 06/03/05
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If you're looking for a cost practical katana (samurai sword) then by all means get a paul chen sword, however if you want something that you can split hardwood with like it's not even there and will hold an edge better than something from a movie than check out Wally Hayes. He's based in ottawa, ontario, canada, his web site is something like hayesknives.com he specialises in knives but his Silver Dragon Menukis katana is a $8000.oo(usd) sword. All hand made, silk cord over rayskin over hardwood handle, the blade is a 1600 layer damascus cable steel.

check it out

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#141086 - 06/03/05 08:19 AM Re: paul chen [Re: gdhblfkbg]
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Loc: Lindenhurst, Illinois USA
Just wanted to take a moment and emphasize the comment made earlier (by Charles?) that one should be careful not to use Paul Chen and HANWEI as though they are the same entity. They are not. FWIW.

Best Wishes,

Bruce

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#141087 - 06/03/05 12:54 PM Re: paul chen [Re: glad2bhere]
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I didn't think Paul Chen owned Hanwei as I've understood it Paul Chen is in charge of the Chinese and Japanese styled swords department. Yes? No?
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