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    Quote Originally Posted by LKH9 View Post
    At $75, it's worst than a toy if you want to do some real cutting, the handle is just a welded rat-tail. It's downright dangerous to the wielder! See how they are made here.



    I only know that modern products like 1055 Cold Steel are way more tougher than the traditional, differentially hardened katana, and is like 10 times cheaper.
    much more than 10x cheaper in reality... if you think $6-10k will buy you a real, well made katana, you're in for a surprise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBroida View Post
    much more than 10x cheaper in reality... if you think $6-10k will buy you a real, well made katana, you're in for a surprise.
    Have the prices gone up much in the last decade or so? That price range used to land a reasonably decent piece in simple mountings and polish. Mukansa and top award winner stuff was a lot more, of course, but there were quite a few decent values under 10k. Could be different now, though.

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    Do you really want a cheap katana?

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by XooMG View Post
    Have the prices gone up much in the last decade or so? That price range used to land a reasonably decent piece in simple mountings and polish. Mukansa and top award winner stuff was a lot more, of course, but there were quite a few decent values under 10k. Could be different now, though.
    i may be mistaken, but the only sword smith i know personally is a mukansa... the prices of his work blow my mind... even at half of that, youre still above $10k easily

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBroida View Post
    i may be mistaken, but the only sword smith i know personally is a mukansa... the prices of his work blow my mind... even at half of that, youre still above $10k easily
    Collectors really inflate values at the top end...when I was into it, it wasn't uncommon to see unmounted blades in the >35k range (for tachi), especially because they also tended to seek out the top polishers. Of course a general appreciator of weaponry or martial artist shouldn't be looking at the Yoshihara bros or Amada Akitsugu anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBroida View Post
    i may be mistaken, but the only sword smith i know personally is a mukansa... the prices of his work blow my mind... even at half of that, youre still above $10k easily
    +1

    Considering the material they use, the amount they are allotted, and the labor that goes into making a real katana... I wouldn't trust anything below 10k to be honest. $75 for sure won't get you anything beyond decoration.

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    that watermelon video was amazingly stupid.

    i cant see if he lost a digit. gross!!

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    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

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    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.

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