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    Advice on my first Samurai Sword

    Hi all at SFI,

    I'm very knew to bladed weapon collecting and so far i have only bought a couple of fantasy display daggers. But now i want to buy my 1st real Katana. I see no point in picking up a cheap punched steel Anime sword with a rubbish rats tail tang that will break after one swing. What i'm after is functional "battle ready" Katana at a reasonable price that is made of high quality carbon steel with a full tang that can be used for blade practice (cutting grass mats, water bottles etc). I've found a website here in England that seems to have exactly what i'm looking for. If i post a few links, would you good people please tell me if they are good swords and if they will do the job i'm after... Thanks

    http://www.real-swords.co.uk/index.p...roducts_id=881

    http://www.real-swords.co.uk/index.p...roducts_id=878

    http://www.real-swords.co.uk/index.p...roducts_id=873

    http://www.real-swords.co.uk/index.p...roducts_id=875

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    Hi, and welcome to SFI.

    Those swords show a lot of tell-tale signs that scream "stay away", I would advise that you do just that. If you could specify your price-range then folks here could make suggestions on where you could/should go.
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    Personally I recommend Sword Buyers Guide, my first katana was one of their customs and I was very happy with both the sword and the service. Even if you don't want one of their swords they have a lot of reviews and recommendations for cheap katana.

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    I like what Fletcher said. I have looked at SBG and considered purchasing through them, but I went in a different direction and that journey is still ongoing.

    That said, be careful with your sword, don't start cutting stuff and swinging it around without any training. Find a local Iaido club and learn by using a wood bokken. Take your time, then when you are ready you can practice cutting in a safe and disciplined manner.

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    When buying a functional samurai sword you should always look up for the three factors, that is the type of steel used (and it's heat treatment), the structural integrity of the handle and (of course) it's sharpness. All these three points are very necessary if you are buying a real samurai sword. For if you want it for ceremonial purpose then I don't think so you should spend so much money on its looks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russ Carswell View Post
    When buying a functional samurai sword you should always look up for the three factors, that is the type of steel used (and it's heat treatment), the structural integrity of the handle and (of course) it's sharpness. All these three points are very necessary if you are buying a real samurai sword. For if you want it for ceremonial purpose then I don't think so you should spend so much money on its looks.
    With that being said, price point is also a big factor when buying katanas. You truly do get what you pay for. Good luck!

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    These links which you had mentioned are quite good and with this you can also go with Windlass swords.They are also a authentic manufacturer of all kinds of swords.

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    Oh dear......If you do your research properly, then you would be able to purchase very decent and not expensive katana for about $5-$9000 US.

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