Steel Iaito Katana

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Should I get a Katana?

I'm 13 and I have been thinking of getting a Practical Katana by Paul Chen. I have been interested in swords for a while now and I have made a couple of stupid mistakes by buying cheap stainless swords (which were straight) which I am not proud of. I know most things about katana e.g how to maintain it, how to take it apart and put it back together etc. And I have watched a documentary on how really expensive swords are made (which I think are made from some metal called tamahagane.) My parents are fine on me getting a sword.

I don't plan on training with it. It's just I have become interested in Japanese history and culture and it would be my prized possession. What do you think?

http://www.trueswords.com/bushido-musashi-high-carbon-steel-iaito-katana-p-5470.html

I bought this one as a beginner level entry into the market. Primarily as a training tool, because I needed to swing things around and increase my external forearm strength, without making a mistake and taking off my ear or head or foot or what not. Of course, in all of my training, I have never accidentally cut downwards and hit my leg or swung it around and hit my head. But most people are sometimes lacking in coordination and both kinesthetics, so they often times forget where their body is located in 3d and can accidentally hit themselves. Doing that with a real sword will cause some serious medical bills. Assuming you don't bleed out via an accidental and lucky arterial cut. So iaitos are very good training tools. It has everything the muscle memory exercise requires for a sharp sword, with the weight and right balance, except the sharpness. It also has a point, and you can use it to stab people to death with. But, technically, nobody really mentions that. I filed that point down to a sort of blunt end, but I can still pierce through aluminum cans using downward gravity assisted thrusts.

For battle steel and durability, a spring steel alloy from Chenness is something I like. A wakizashi for indoors work, plenty good for outdoors too given that almost nobody has any staffs or long swords out there. So you won't be beat on range. Just got to close distance with pistol users.

Paul Chen utilizes traditional forging and very high carbon content steel, so it tends to be much sharper, but the metal fatigue still exists and it'll rust a lot faster without maintenance. That and most people go for the fittings, for aesthetics. Me, I'm more interested in the old ways of battle functionality. A normal katana already has more aesthetics than most Western medieval swords.

From what I have heard, the practical katana from Paul Chen is a good entry. But since this is a new forging process and construction line for him, there are some "bugs" out there. I prefer Musashi for the lower end training swords, due to the low price and the ability to disassemble the sword for maintenance or customization.

There's a lot of things I would do with a 50-200 dollar sword that I would never do with a 500-1500 dollar sword. Stress tests by cutting branches, stone, or sheet metal for one thing. Letting other people touch it, especially kids. I will never hand some stranger a sharp blade of mine. But an unsharpened cheap one makes for an easy time when meeting curious strangers or neighbors, while at the same time not going into a "sword nut" crouch by trying to keep dirty hands away from your collection. That's something that I think collectors and people with more expensive nihonto are limited by. They cannot really use their swords for much of anything, because it's so valuable and they don't want to blemish the blade and the hamon. Many people will tell you not to trust a lower tier sword due to the price. However, most of them do not train in a Japanese sword art like I do. They don't do their own research, but simply repeat the common status quo mantra. They haven't bought the swords in question and tested them. I have. That's the difference between theoretical knowledge and practical experience. There are less people here who train in JSA than there are who train in Tai Chi. Which is saying something. Yet many times I have found various people who disliked my previous answers on swords. Be careful of that type of phenomenon. There are many people who think they know what's going on here with Japanese sword arts, but few who actually spend the time to practice things in truth. It's even worse than MMA fans.

If you wish to buy a katana for the feel of it, and to just hang it up on a wall to look at it, then I recommend you buy a sword that can be disassembled and customized. That way you can change anything on the blade to suit your particular desire. You would have to buy a blade that is not glued on, which means not the practical plus line, unless they somehow figured out a way to make it strong without the glue, by now.

A good place to get reviews of other sword manufacturers is here.

http://www.sword-buyers-guide.com/buy-swords-online.html

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