I want to express my gratitude for the positive response to my forum members previous survey Katan firm Ryumon — Double Edged Katana and Senshi Tengoku Katana. Here, he took the liberty of writing another "opus" on the subject. This time, in my opinion, more of a review.
I note that I will only present the material about sabers, acquired by our fellow occupations yaydo and "tested in the case." Again, this is only my opinion and can be somewhat subjective evaluation of these samples. But, as mentioned earlier — this does not look professional expert and practitioner "nick" (not to be confused with the "loser").
I will start with the production of Katan Master Cutlery, (information about the company — in the previous survey). The set includes the company Ryumon, Bushido and Masahiro.
RY-3202 Katana Master Cutlery (in "Soldier of Fortune") on imported site Ryumon Bamboo
Katana — RY3202
Blade Length: 28 "(71.12 cm)
Arm length: 10.5 "(26.67 cm)
Overall length: 41.5 "(105.41 cm)
Weight: 2.5 pounds (1.13 kg)
Of all the acquired SU — the most expensive sword. But it's worth it. Manually (as claimed by the manufacturer), painted scabbard look pretty. Frame is made qualitatively.
Painted scabbard — it will not khokhloma!
Average weight of the blade, polished good, jamon (tempering line) pronounced. But the cord on the sheath (Saga), although looked well, but as you can see in the photo quickly lost the "marketability."
Horimono (groove) on both sides and the entire length of the blade.
Brown lace it with style!
And overgrown with bamboo tsuba
CISAC as CISAC — spicy, pancake
Included is traditional for the company Ramon: cover, care kit, user manual, certificate of authenticity and a wooden box (container).
Model MC-3032 Katana 'Bushido' Master Cutlery (in SU), on the import site — Bushido Series Nobunaga Katana — MC3032
Blade Length: 28 "(71.12 cm)
Overall length: 42 "(106.68 cm)
Of all acquired — the cheapest, but it is a decent option. Frame is made with care. As with all listed Chinese Catania "budget" line (you probably already noticed), the saga of poor quality. Blade fine polished, jamon — moderately expressed.
With a kind and not say that cheaper than other
Sheath quality is lower, as can be seen in the photo in one place varnishing strayed. Tsuba original form: on the one hand, "portret" Ode Nabunagi the other characters (human writing — niht fershteen).
Tsuba with a man — nishtyak!
Horimono (groove) on both sides of the entire length of the blade. The sharpness is good. With low weight — a good balance. Normal, working katana (with saving a couple of thousand wooden compared with, say, mahogany).
Complete with carrying case and a set of care.
Model MC-3035 Katana «Bushido» Master Cutlery (in SU), on the import site — Bushido Fuji Katana — MC3035
Blade Length: 29 "(73.66 cm)
Overall length: 42 "(106.68 cm)
Another sword by "Bushido". Quality virtually the same as in the previous model.
Also, wow saber
One note — not a pretty sight rubbed the black coating on the tsuba. Although it is almost invisible. But she tsuba square shape, with Mount Fuji on one side and on the other samurai battle is really good.
How much of this word,
For the heart of a samurai weaved …
Slightly larger and heavier Nobunaga
Then about swords of CAS Iberia (Hanwei) — Paul Chen. Paul Chen's company is considered a "trendsetter" in imitation and replica Japanese bladed weapons training rig in the States and certain other countries. What actually taken more money, hehe. Personally, I believe that the quality of performance and appearance of these sabers does not benefit from the same Ramond blades. As the saying goes, the same Chinese, only in profile. And let's say, in appearance at Ramona more varied and original model. Do they have any Chena all the same. It applies only to budget blades. Chenovskie expensive saber — is even kosher!
IBERIA — PAUL CHEN
Katana CAS Iberia SH-6001KPE "Practical Plas Elite Katana"
Blade Length: 28 "(71.12 cm)
Arm length: 11 "(27.94 cm)
Overall length: 40 "(101.6 cm)
Weight: 2 lbs 7 oz (1.15 kg)
Chenovskie sabers for the right hand. Wrong — remain without hands …
The blade is made soundly. That does not take away from Chenovskih sabers — it really is a fine balance. With excellent sharpness dissecting the properties at a high level. It is this blade uchuvstvovat on our makeshift temashegiri this summer Roshino (see previous review). And he cut down easily and neprinuzhdenno.Polirovka blade is good. Hamon clear. Socket is quite good quality and accurate.
Oh, how shiny! And no one suspects that the ambush lurks in the scabbard …
That's the problem with scabbard. When the external very decent form sabers in three comrades showed up (and the same), bad "herd". And not the one who smoke. For short using a sword, the blade suddenly became ill go into the sheath. And because curved sheath with a relatively narrow mouth of the problematic inspect the inside, the people continued to strenuously "juzat" saber. The result — two cracked sheath around Kojiro (closed end of the sheath). Slightly spreading crack "victims" were surprised to find foreign objects in the form of crumpled paper and glue. Where did that come from there — certainly an interesting question. For such things ought to get the manufacturer to do seppuku blunt fork! Some sheath cleaned, glued, and brought in the divine form, continued to use. In the second case, ordered a new sheath.
All the same, it does not give up, because it is not cheap and good! That's it!
Of all the models acquired Paul Chen I deliberately chose to review it Praktikal Plus Elite. The other models of the budget line (as noted above) differ only by the quality finishes (on cheaper swords instead of stingray leather — plastic substitute), varying the length of the blade and the handle, apparently quality steel (not visually determine), characterized by the quality of the cord handle. By the way, on models CAS Iberia SH-2162 "Practical Pro" and Paul Chen Practical Pro Elite Katana — SH6009KPG braided handles — from kozhzama. In SU sellers assured the people foaming at the mouth, the skin is natural. It was necessary to first have a look on the internet before buying. Personally, I looked, gee-gee, not even considered as an option (from the category of jokes — you know, you know)! But these models are more expensive than swords and Practical Plus Practical Plus Elit. This is — a particular arrogance and trash! In one instance at regular employment leatherette razlohmatilsya a couple of months. I had to give the man a sword master. Now there is no genuine leather demolition, (for some 2.5 thousand wooden, for rewinding the braids).
It is with katana Praktikal Plus Elite — the manufacturer recommends practicing temashegiri. The cheaper models are not suitable.
Now, to compare the two more interesting options …
The Japanese company Tozando (http://www.tozando.com/en/index.html) Is one of the main suppliers of equipment and training equipment for practicing traditional Japanese BI. Product quality is very good, and the range was always a person I spiteful irritation (well, I do not have enough money to buy all this bogachestvo)! Well, do not let the bad news. Who practice BEE — I understand.
Now I want to talk specifically about yayto with Tozandy. Swords comes to Tozando from the famous Japanese masters — manufacturers of traditional weapons training. It is the perfect choice for practicing yaydo. Non-magnetic material, aluminum-zinc alloy (see previous review). Quality checked, the price is relatively low. There is only one thing, but … The whole "canoe" is on sale in Japan. As a result, the term execution of the order of 2 to 6-8 months (depending on model), and of delivery. Shorter as a result of a long and expensive. Previously, there were problems at customs, not like now — EMS brings to the address without paying any additional customs fees.
Yamashiro SD Nami Koshirae
The sword refers to an inexpensive, (about 410 euros), middle segment models Tozando. Regular practice yaydo cheaper to take no sense.
Blade fine polished. Like all aluminum yayto — not sharpened. Weight of approximately 800 g, (easy enough). Frame is excellent. Elements of frames and forms a sheath can be selected. The more expensive model of the sword — more options. Blade length is chosen based on the growth of the adept and the specific style. There is a special table, but it is important for practitioners yaydo, (you can see on Tozando).
On the blade broke fat enemy
Cords braided sheath and quality. Tsuba — a thing, not junk! If you look closely, you can see instead of jamon transitions layers of aluminum. The blade is of three laminated layers, which imparts additional strength softness "cutting edge".
All models can be ordered separately imitation of one of the styles of jamon.
Czech Master Paul Wolff (Pavel Bolf)
Some information about this wizard, I gave in the previous survey. I just want to add that Paul Wolf is not only an acknowledged master blacksmith, but also teaches classes in their own club in aikido and yaydo, having given appropriate for these types of BI. Qualifications it is beyond doubt.
Swords Paul Wolff are full replicas. Prices are anywhere from $ 1,500 and above.
One of our companions ordered his sword a few years ago, got this product and have successfully used it in the classroom.
Features katana received from the master himself:
Type of sword: katana, Jine: tachi suri iasge
Blade Type: katana
Type of Blade: Shinogizukuri
Blade length: 71 cm
Sori: 2 cm
Hamon: Suguha, Midare; Bosi — Suguha; Kaeri — Ho kaeri
Hi — kosihi 600
Weight — 1 kg.
For Iaido, Tameshigiri
O-suriage tachi, (so a katana after shortening), made according to an oshigata of a sword from the 13th century, there is suguha-midare hamon to comply with the era, and the blade has utsuri.
Sword just a fairy tale. Pretty heavy, but perfectly balanced in the direction of the blade — for better Dissecting. I was chopping them straw mats — specific experience. The blade is made for Cutting through the armor. That is, like the blade is not very sharp, (my real Mahogany already sharpening seems sharper), but this is an illusion. Just chopping requires sufficient accuracy.
There are no words …
This is one of the cheapest sword master. Steel prokovana repeatedly but not laminated. Blades is made up of several layers, are much more expensive. But the style of combat-forged blades without welding multiple layers — also took place.
Again, no words …
And so the blade is great for training. Over the rim and say nothing. The handle is wrapped in black ray skin. Braided black leather cord. Tsuba with artificial aging.
Here I am crying …
I WANT THE SAME!
I'll go and drown myself …
The sword is definitely worth the money. To him still attached bag and care set. The wizard also sent straw mats for temashegiri cheap. It then appeared in our country. We bought the same in the "Auchan" — inexpensive.
In short, when I chose a sword to practice, just this blade served as a model for me, (and a sense of balance in your hands). The closest thing to it was Mahogany from Ramona.
In conclusion, I would like to say that all of the models of swords and to faithfully serve their owners. There are cheaper models of Spanish, Chinese and other firms. But most often it is decorated in a pure form. Brandishing such "swords" can lead to the separation of the blade from the handle and unplanned hit in tangible assets or, what is even better, a living target. The result is unpredictable. So, I bought a decorative hrenku — hang on the wall and not vyezhivaysya!
— it is best to order the aluminum yayto. And by the calmer and more whole hand, and law enforcement officers have no basis for you to uncover.
— when doing an acute sense of the blade, the sword is heavier and stronger ability to chop items (not very hard), including home furnishings, (medicine, such cases are already known).
But then do not shine in front of the police, even in the presence of checks and copies of certificates Udmurt. Otymut — then plead with the police … "swallow the dust gets tired."
The real luxury and antique replica swords:
— unfortunately, only available officially formalized collectors. And do not mention hunting license. Katana is designed to hunt exclusively on man!
In this review let me finish. If you are seriously interested in the topic of Japanese bladed weapons is better to turn to the books of experts.
"The history of the Japanese sword"
"Examination of the Japanese sword"
"Tsuba. Legends on the metal "
"Japanese Swords Nihonto"
(Although the translation of this book, it seems, somewhere screwed up)
On the Internet:
http://home.earthlink.net/ ~ steinrl / nihonto.htm
http://home.earthlink.net/ ~ jggilbert / tsuba.htm
characteristics of swords and some photos (which with inscriptions), taken from the site http://swordsofmight.com/