Need some information on Katanas

Discussion in 'Other Weapons' started by ninjatoth, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. ninjatoth

    ninjatoth New Member

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    I just ordered a couple of Katanas,I believe one is going to be a stainless steel sword,and the other is carbon steel.What's the difference and will I actually be able to cut things with them?
     
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  2. dunerunner

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    You could open your mail or hang them on your wall!! :D


    Who made them, are they differentially tempered, full tang, what is the carbon content of the steel and where are the pics!!
     
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  3. RTMiller

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    If its not full tang, hang it on your wall for decoration. If it is full tang, you can slice watermelon at the 4th of July picnic. I have one on the dresser in my bedroom - in case I run out of ammo.
     
  4. ninjatoth

    ninjatoth New Member

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    They actually haven't arrived yet,I found a little info on a couple of sites that say it is full tang,sharpend carbon steel blade,but it don't say carbon content.It was selling for $199 on one site,but I paid alot less than that,I have a pic of it I found online,and as far as the other katana,I have no info on that yet until I get it.
     

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  5. dunerunner

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    Ninja!!! Who are you buying these from?

    My Katana cost nearly $800 and it was a cheap, yet practical....Oooo Practical Katana? My Katana is from Last Legend, a Tsunami. Similar to those here The Mikusa Family of Competition Samurai swords - From Last Legend Competition Blades

    I am not knocking what you've purchased, but look here Hanwei Practical Katana - AtlantaCutlery.com, and here Japanese Swords, Samurai Swords, Samurai Katana, Japanese Wakizashi, Japanese Weapons, one more Katana, Practical Katanas, Battle Ready Katanas - Darksword Armory
     
  6. ninjatoth

    ninjatoth New Member

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    I seriously know nothing about katanas,I don't know what any of the technical names are,I know it has a scabbard,and I call the rest the handle,the blade,and the handguard.I remember when I was a kid hearing a guy say that a real katana is folded alot and will cut a stopsign down and costs $10,000.
     
  7. dunerunner

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    I wouldn't attempt the stop sign thing. :D

    Watermellon would be OK, though!! :D
     
  8. Benning Boy

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    Brief tutorial, and opinions will vary....

    The stainless is a wallhanger. Don't cut with it, don't even swing it.

    Depending on your purposes, it's tough to find a functional carbon steel blade under $300. If you did, you must now show it unconditional love. DO NOT store it in the scabbard. Invest in a cleaning kit, keep it oiled.

    If the tang is spot welded, do not swing it or attempt to cut.

    Your katana will not cut stop signs, I would start with pool noodles, and if you develop some skill, you could move up to tatami mats. If you get really good, you can wrap bamboo in the tatami.

    What you've just done is entered a world. Look these things over closely when you get them, post pics, I'd be happy to offer some guidance.
     
  9. ninjatoth

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    It's funny to hear how good a katana has to be to cut stuff.I have a $12 colombian machete that I have cut through chains and nails with,I will have to be alot more careful with a katana,they might not cut through wood and metal like a cheap machete,but I highly doubt my machete would cut through 2 and a half pigs with a single swing like that guy did on deadliest warrior did with a katana,not that my katana would either.
     
  10. Benning Boy

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    Back in the day, they used to produce a knife for ranchers that finished off the castrating process for bulls. The blade was inscribed "for flesh only".

    Swords are a specialized blade. They were never meant for clearing brush of picking toenails. They, too, are "for flesh only".

    The vast majority of katana on the market have spot welded rat tail tangs. I have seen them snap from merely swinging the sword, sending a sharp 3 foot piece of metal flying.

    Cold Steel is producing a katana shaped machete, for those who can't resist felling a forest with a sword like instrument.
     
  11. ninjatoth

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    I got the katanas,one was a cheap red one and the other white one was much better.I took the cheaper red one and tried to cut a water filled pop bottle and it bent the sword,but the white katana went right through it like it wasn't even there.The white sword is about twice as heavy as the other one and really sharp,it's like one is a real sword and one is fake.
     

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    Do you have a manufacturer on the white one?
     
  13. ninjatoth

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    I don't know who made it,it has a code of SW-541WT on it.I only paid $40 for it,but have seen it online for as much as $199.It's chinese made.
     
  14. big shrek

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    Due to the huge amount of crappy wall-hanger makers of Katanas, I don't even look twice at them anymore. I do have a set of snakeskin-covered samurai wall-hangers, but I know better than to try to use them. All mine do is gather dust.

    A Korean Hankook may be a better option...not many wallhangers with those.

    Far better to get Chinese Jian or Dao swords...at least you know what you are dealing with ;)

    Honestly, the exotic weapons are WAY more fun...the Twin hooks, 9-section chain, 3-section staff are really too much fun :D

    And as was seen on "The Deadliest Warrior" those Twin Tigerhead Hooks are DEVASTATING :D
    Not to mention perfect for zombie dismemberment...;)
     
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    The red one I got is definitly a wall hanger,but the white one has some seriously thick sharp steel for it's price,and it would be a good wall hanger too.It wizzed right through some branches I cut as good or better than my machete,so it is functional.
     

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  17. MarkAlvarado

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    I can show you some real samurai swords. check this out!
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