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#275383 - 07/27/06 02:52 PM paul chen prctical katana
jeff_lajara Offline

Registered: 07/27/06
Posts: 7
does anyone know where i can get the best price on one?

#275384 - 07/27/06 03:42 PM Re: paul chen prctical katana [Re: jeff_lajara]
pgsmith Offline

Registered: 04/12/05
Posts: 275
Loc: Texas
That is a very dangerous thing to ask about a sword because the best price can be quite misleading. The biggest complaint about Paul Chen swords is the fact that the quality control is very spotty in the entire Hanwei line. This means that some are decently made and a good bargain for the price, while others of the same model are poorly made and dangerous for use. Your best bet would be to buy from someone that knows how to properly inspect each sword to ensure that it is safe for use. Many of the least expensive internet sellers don't even get the sword in hand, they simply order it to be shipped directly to you.

All of that being said, I personally recommend Nihonzashi ...

#275385 - 07/28/06 12:13 AM Re: paul chen prctical katana [Re: pgsmith]
paradoxbox Offline

Registered: 09/15/04
Posts: 590
Just use google.. for paul chen the site the above poster gave has way high prices, their customer service may be good but still.

check out sword forum international (google it..) and find a retailer that posts there, look at their website and buy from someone you know will inspect your blade before it's shipped.

Also, might I recommend looking at cheness swords rather than paul chen. They're cheaper and their spring steel ones are much more durable than paul chen's blades.

#275386 - 07/28/06 12:19 AM Re: paul chen prctical katana [Re: paradoxbox]
jeff_lajara Offline

Registered: 07/27/06
Posts: 7
thanks but i cant see a hamon on the cheness swords is it even there?

#275387 - 07/28/06 01:05 AM Re: paul chen prctical katana [Re: paradoxbox]
jeff_lajara Offline

Registered: 07/27/06
Posts: 7
nm i see the hamon now

#275388 - 07/28/06 01:31 AM Re: paul chen prctical katana [Re: jeff_lajara]
paradoxbox Offline

Registered: 09/15/04
Posts: 590
not all of them have a hamon. If you're new to swords a through hardened swords is best, because it's more durable. Furthermore cheness has spring steel blades which are extremely durable (check out the flex demo video they have on their site) which means even if you screw up a cut badly your blade won't take a set. That kind of mistake would cost you your sword with a paul chen or last legend blade.

For an additional several thousand dollars you can get similar blade flex from howard smith... among other things :P

#275389 - 07/28/06 03:30 PM Re: paul chen prctical katana [Re: paradoxbox]
Saarna Offline

Registered: 07/26/06
Posts: 56
What about this sword( ) because I'm looking at something under $200(US) and this comes with the stand and a maintenance kit. It says it can be disassembled for cleaning and it looks ok. But I can't tell if the tang is actually visible through the handle because then it would rust from sweat right? I just don't want to buy something so expensive and good that I won't know what to do with it. Can somebody post an ok katana for under 200. I just want something that can be disassembled and isn't a rat tail tang.
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#275390 - 07/28/06 03:41 PM Re: paul chen prctical katana [Re: Saarna]
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Registered: 06/14/04
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Any company who refers to a hi as a "blood groove" should be avoided like the black death.

You've got to remember, these things are dangerous weapons. They can be very dangerous to the user, even when not striking objects. You don't wanna take any unnecessary chances with potentially shady companies. At that price range, I would purchase a good bokuto. For a little more than that($250 or so), I would purchase an entry level iaito. I would not pay less than $700 or so for anything which is sharp. It's just too risky. Find something the JSA community has tested and found reasonable, be prepared to hang it on the wall, or risk serious injury or a terminably shoddy training tool. Those are pretty much your options.
Iaido - Breaking down bad habits, and building new ones.

#275391 - 07/28/06 08:04 PM Re: paul chen prctical katana [Re: Charles Mahan]
paradoxbox Offline

Registered: 09/15/04
Posts: 590
masahiro swords are ok for the money. the descriptions are something done by the retailer, usually not the manufacturer, that's important to keep in mind. go by reputation you find on swordforum, not by description on some random sales website you found.

as far as not paying less than 700$ for something sharp, well that's definately your own opinion. The fact is if you shop with a good retailer that does his own QC, you can have reliable, functional blades for much less. I think it's not so great advice to tell beginners to buy +700$ cutting swords when in all likelyhood they're going to bend it the first time they try to cut with it. There's 700 wasted dollars. Even if they have been practicing with a dull iaito for years, they'll still probably flop the first cut and wreck an expensive sword in the process.

I'd venture to say some of the through hardened blades you can buy for 200$ are much stronger and better for a beginner than any 1000$ blade will be, both for the durability and for the cost factor.

High price is not an indicator of quality. High price is an indicator of how much a retailer is taking as markup. You can buy almost any of the very high end paul chen production swords for around 150$ in Taiwan or China, and that's still way more than it cost to make. The same things go for 1000+ here.

Things like balance and furniture quality don't make a big deal of difference to a novice who just wants to learn to cut. You don't need balance and gold tsuba to cut. You just a good, reliable blade, and those can be had for under 200$.

When you're ready to get serious about cutting, then you can invest in a sanmai or folded katana, with confidence that you won't destroy the blade when you cut with it.

Lastly, if you're not cutting with your katana, there's no reason to have a sharp one.

just my opinion though.

#275392 - 09/01/06 03:30 AM Re: paul chen prctical katana [Re: paradoxbox]
Woku Offline

Registered: 09/01/06
Posts: 18
Paradox is right, if you had any idea just how little it costs to make a chen, and how cheap you can get them here, you would not be so keen on them. Mostly what your paying for is the very high shipping costs to the USA, as well as the huge mark up his name now garners. Chen is a master of mark up and hype, a lot like angel sword, only not as prolific. If any of you have heard of angel sword, who has been banned from most ren Faires in the USA, he made ludicrous claims about his swords. Chen is not so obvious, but there is a lot of PR spun nonsense about how good his swords really are. Look for up and coming chinese smiths who are new to the market, and likely sell better swords to get your business then Chen does, and for half the price. It's pays to shop around, and not just follow the rest of the crowd when the lunch bell rings.

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