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Username Post: First Katana--Help Deciding        (Topic#917789)
Journeyman KnifeNut!
12-20-11 05:06.52 - Post#2422089    

Am considering a katana. It would be mainly for show, but want it well made enough to learn and have some fun with water jugs and such. I dont want a piece of crap.
Have seen a lot for $60-$100(Mashiro,Handmade )
Up in price a bit are:
$300.00 is as high as I can go.
For me, what would be the advantage/disadvantage between through and differential hardned.
I welcome any info whether it be technical or personal opinion.

Journeyman KnifeNut!
12-20-11 05:49.59 - Post#2422103    

    In response to plainjoe

This is the the Ronin Dojo Pro I meant to link.
Journeyman KnifeNut!
01-25-12 19:17.07 - Post#2435704    

    In response to plainjoe

Cold Steel battle Ready Katana

If you want hand made:
Himalayan Imports Everest Katana

http://yhst-7333098713883 .stores.ya...
Master Member KnifeNut!
01-28-12 05:15.26 - Post#2436645    

    In response to plainjoe

Surprisingly, Masahiro is good enough.

Get one. If you hate it, you haven't risked much. You can always use it as a beater or wall hanger.

There are actually cheaper katanas that aren't totally horrible, but they really aren't quite good enough.

Paul Chen Practical is slightly nicer than Masahiro, and the Practical Plus can be disassembled and reassembled.

For the kind of fun you describe, consider also a wakizashi. Everyone wants a katana, but the wakizashi is awesome, underrated, faster to learn and use.

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