I was lucky enough to have a walk around The Lanes Armoury here in the UK last year, they had WWII Japanese officers swords that started at £300 for basic rough items up to a few thousand, they also have a huge selection from all periods and I think the most expensive in there at the time was around £17,500. Some amazing stuff in there, full sets of Samurai armour, bows, spears etc. Spent ages just staring at everything
that watermelon video was amazingly stupid.
i cant see if he lost a digit. gross!!
Okay, I admit it. The guy in the watermelon video is my son and that's who the $75 sword is for. He said, "That stupid sword made me cut my hand and I almost lost a finger!"
Please help because he won't make any more sword videos until he gets another one.
"Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough." —Mark Twain
I took a japanese sword making class with Howard Clark at the NESM. During that time I did allot of reading and researching the topic. Also Howard does excellent work.
I also sold a version of a damascus katana( the handle was a little longer than standard) made by Jim Hrisoulas last week on ebay for 1500.
You can get plenty of great swords for way under ten grand. That would be like saying you cant get a decent chef knife for under 3k and using examples of Devin, Burke or Kramer. Sure some do cost that much but there not the only game in town either.
That being said, at the 75 dollar price point,I would be afraid of it failing and hurting myself or bystanders. I would think a 75 dollar katana would be like the infamous "saturday night special" pistol. It may work fine or it may hurt you.