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#397742 - 06/17/08 02:03 PM Re: True Swords REALIABLE? [Re: Charles Mahan]
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There is also at least one bald-faced lie on that page. They claim that the tsuba is solid copper. If that tsuba was solid copper the raw material alone would be worth more than $60.



I believe you'd better check your facts here.

The current wholesale price of raw copper is about US$3.75 per pound. Dealers in the US are paying about $3.20/lb for quality "scrap" copper (copper that is used or already formed into a shape) of the type you refer to that is frequently stolen from construction sites.

Even allowing for the retail markup a tsuba maker would most likely pay, he could still make a number of tsuba from $60 worth of copper.

Of course, this doesn't alter the fact that the sword under discussion is junk.

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#397743 - 06/18/08 10:04 AM Re: True Swords REALIABLE? [Re: cxt]
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cxt

You are preaching to the choir. All my blades have come from Kiyota including my Iaito Dodanuki.


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#397744 - 06/18/08 12:08 PM Re: True Swords REALIABLE? [Re: iaibear]
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Interesting. The theft of copper really is a problem, but it seems I was incorrect about the worth the tsuba. It still strikes me as very unlikely that they would use copper for the tsuba of a $60 sword, and at any rate there are plenty of other things that are dubious about that sword.
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#397745 - 06/19/08 04:34 PM Re: True Swords REALIABLE? [Re: Charles Mahan]
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lIt still strikes me as very unlikely that they would use copper for the tsuba of a $60 sword...



No argument here on that point.

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