Manufacturer-Mushashi Sword Forge, China.
A nice sword. 'Sai Gunto
machine made', not traditonal construction.
Very sharp and hyped as fully functional. the Tsuba
(handguard) is iron. The Saya
(sheath) appears well finished, and is billed as a multi level lacquered finish. It looks proper.
The decorative furnitures (Menuki)
(cord) is acceptable but not tradtionally tied. (and I do not know how to tie it properly). My student Ron can tie the correct knot as I expect Fred Sensei can do.
Fred Sensei is a dedicated Iiado student.
(temper line ) is etched by machine and not by the tempering process.
It is very sharp. The edge (Ha
) is harder (45-60 Rockwell hardness) than the back of the blade, (Mune
is polished to a smooth sweeping fine edge. Poor Katanas
have a wedge shaped machine cut edge easily distinguished as separate from the sweeping lines of the bodyto edge of the decent sword blade. What i look for is a polished integral Ha
(Pommel cap)-- is not remarkable despite the engraved sycamore emblem.
i (collar) is engraved (well sort of) with 'two demon emblems" (looks like flowers to me?)
The finish on the kashira and fuchi
is only fair. (painted)
(Wrap) is of Black leather and is good.
Blade: Carbon steel 1060 Carbon steel.
(brass fitting on sword which engages the saya
) is good.
Fit of Habaki to Saya
---a bit loose,easily remedied..
(underwrap on Tsuka
-hilt) is Rayskin and appears good.
The Price-excellent-from $100-250 dollars.
if you do not wish to surf the web for this sword, I can attain one for you at a nominal charge. My E mail should be on my profile.
The Sword comes with a well finished stand and makes a very pretty display piece. I touched up the paint on the Fuchi.
We must understand that Japanese made traditional Katanas
are strictly regulated in Japan.
I am not sure that a Master Smith's blade may be exported. I have read that a Master smith may only make one or two Katanas
Any sword in japan, such as the one reviewed, must retain its regisrtation papers with it.
A sort of a Japanese version of gun control.
One Cannot tell from online pictures whether the Hamon
is a true temper line or etched. If the description says the sword has a true Hamon
, then it probaly will.
Do not buy, I think, any sword not billed as fully functional unless you truly just want a display Item.
I will not review any stainless steel Katana
. "Stainless Steel is not a proper material for a Katana
I read that somewhere.
Note that the sword in the picture is set incorrectly (upside down) in the stand. The proper setting )( Ha
Upwards) is to insure that the Ha
is not dulled, that oil does not pool thereon and that the Saya
is not damaged.
The sword comes with a sword bag and the slightly incomplete maintenace kit shown.
Fred Sensei??? Comments?
Fred Sensei is aware of the correct dimensions and weight of the practice swords used in Iiado/Kenjitsu Practice and detailed questions on the art should be directed to him as I am only a collector.
The maintenance kit appears to lack only rice paper.
I will post a thread on Katana
maintenance if Sensei Fred does not beat me to it.
I will also post pictures showing the components of the katana
I will be reviewing Western Swords as well, I hope.
Cut for the buck: 10
Finish: Varies, a 7
Tsuba: Plain but functional a 6
Same: appears correct-a 7.
Ha: a 6, not traditional but functional, lacks proper Hamon, a 5.
Fit: Good a 7
Wrap: leather and tight, a 7
Kusaki (point): Poorly done a 2.
Material: Hi carbon steel: very good, a 6.
Same: Ray or sharskin, very good, a 6.