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#187485 - 09/20/05 12:14 PM Need a new sword!
investigio Offline
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Registered: 09/18/05
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Hi
Was hoping i could get some advice on buying a sword for tameshigiri practice. I have a budget of 600 $1000 US. Any help appreciated (have been looking at items from the imperial forge and Last legend but user advice is precious) thanks

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#187486 - 09/20/05 01:30 PM Re: Need a new sword! [Re: investigio]
Charles Mahan Offline
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Do a search on http://www.swordforum.com There are tons of reviews of swords in your price range.
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#187487 - 09/20/05 05:48 PM Re: Need a new sword! [Re: Charles Mahan]
investigio Offline
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Was wondering if anyone had experience of this blade (imperial forge folded steel katana) http://www.specialistswords.com/FoldedSteelSeries_Detail.asp?ID=3

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#187488 - 09/21/05 09:57 AM Re: Need a new sword! [Re: investigio]
Walter Wong Offline
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I don't know much about Imperial Forge's swords standing up to the pressures of JSA practice.

Out of the 2, I would go with Last Legend. Bugei www.bugei.com sell excellent cutters as well. Can't go wrong with either of those 2. I'm just not familiar with Imperial Forge's products.
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#187489 - 10/09/05 11:02 PM Re: Need a new sword! [Re: investigio]
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As long as the supplier offers a Warranty. But those swords look pretty damn fresh.
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#187490 - 10/10/05 08:43 AM Re: Need a new sword! [Re: Shouji]
Charles Mahan Offline
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Quote:

As long as the supplier offers a Warranty. But those swords look pretty damn fresh.




A warranty simply isn't good enough when the user intends to cut with it. If the sword breaks during cutting practice, it's awfully nice if the company that makes it replaces it for you. That of course does nothing for the friend of yours who took a piece of shrapnel in the eye, or for you when the broken end flips back around on you and impales itself in your leg, possibly doing crippling damage.

Take these things seriously folks. They are made to kill people. Try to make sure you don't buy one that is at risk of killing the wrong people.

All that said, I don't know squat about the manufacturer in question. This is not aimed at them, just a general warning.
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#187491 - 10/22/05 04:19 AM Re: Need a new sword! [Re: Charles Mahan]
aikidoka1159 Offline
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Registered: 02/26/05
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Loc: Florida, USA
My sensei swears by Paul Chen swords. They have pretty reasonable prices and you can practice tameshigiri with them. Look them up. I'm looking to get the practical plus model.

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#187492 - 10/24/05 11:16 AM Re: Need a new sword! [Re: aikidoka1159]
Walter Wong Offline
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I would stay away from the Practical series of Paul Chen for any serious Japanese sword art practice.

The best of Paul Chen is any of the Bugei exclusive line.
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#187493 - 10/25/05 10:16 AM Re: Need a new sword! [Re: Walter Wong]
V34 Offline
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Registered: 04/27/05
Posts: 97
Loc: USA
I second Walter. Stay away from Paul Chen! Unless you have
the money to get a Bugei, which is made by Paul Chen. Bugei is alot more strict when it comes to QC. I have owned a few
PC katana's and never will again. Of course unless it is a
Bugei.. Good luck with your choices. Make sure you do alot
of research on katana's before you buy one. One of the best
places for info on any sword, but has a huge family of JSA
practitioners and also Bladesmith is sword forum
international. Here is the link.

GOOD LUCK, JASON..

http://swordforum.com/

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#187494 - 10/26/05 02:14 AM Re: Need a new sword! [Re: investigio]
thisguy Offline
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Registered: 09/27/05
Posts: 81
Loc: fullerton CA
i would do some research into "powdered steal" swords. theys are supposed to be way stronger than the traditionally folded swords. you can supposedly hit the blade against some rebar and it will hold its edge. the only thing is the price factor. they can get really expensive. also make sure that u get all the correct features you want on your sword(blade, point, back of blade, temper, tsuba, sheath, and handle type)

oh and since i don't normally post on this section, ill just say that i don't do any sword work, but i do research on swords and other bladed weapons for collection purposes.

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