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A purdy' Damascus katana followed me home ...

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by gsbuickman, Jan 9, 2019.

  1. gsbuickman

    gsbuickman Member

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    Hiya guy's :) ..

    I've had a few katanakatana's in the past from musha to shinwa to hanwei and even though I've never been into learning to use one @ the Shaolin Temple I've always had an appreciation for nice blades and this is something that I've had my eye on for quite a while now that I finally decided to pull the trigger on. This is a hand forged Damascus carbon steel katana w/ an edge sharp enough to shave with , literally ..

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    I've always really liked the look of Damascus steel but I've never had a real Damascus Katana until now & I'm certainly not disappointed, the blade is real purdy' & ripples w/ finely honed layered steel that you can actually feel if you slide a finger nail down the sides of the blade. The first two things that I noticed about this katana is the flat matte carbon steel color of the blade & the additional weight of this blade as it's a little stouter and a little heavier then other carbon steel katanas I've handled and don't get me started on the cheap dime-store knockoffs and the even cheaper stainless pos's that United Cutlery is flooding the market with. All in all this is a really nice blade and I like it & now that I have it if and when I decide to buy another one it will probably be another Paul Chen hanwei.
     
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  2. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator Staff Member

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    Nice!

    Im so tired of seeing junk, it is good to see the real thing.
     
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  3. bannockburn

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    gsbuickman

    Wow that's one very nice katana! Thanks for sharing!
     
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  4. Spats McGee

    Spats McGee Moderator

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    Beautiful!
     
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  5. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

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    Who made it and where did you get it?
     
  6. rpenmanparker

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    I didn't know Purdy made swords.
     
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  7. Madcap_Magician

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    Your cat seems remarkably unimpressed.

    Is this a Hanwei sword?
     
  8. Brin

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    Very nice Katana.
     
  9. gsbuickman

    gsbuickman Member

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    It's a Musashi, and I would call it one of their nice mid-grade or mid-level blades . Not one of the cheapies but not one of the real high end master blades . I ordered it from them and I had to wait the better part of a year before they finally got another one in stock, probably because they take a while to make . You can find them at their website www.musashiswords.com and sometimes you can find a good deal from them or Hanwei @ realswords.com .
     
  10. hso

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    Interesting tsuba.
     
  11. RA40

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    Fantastic! Congratulations on the fine katana!
    Was in awe of the craftsmanship of the various displays on our '09 trip into the Gifu region at the Seki Blacksmithing Museum. Contemporary swords and some older pieces on display.
     
  12. CapnMac

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    Cats are clever that way.
    Which comes from having 18 tiny catanas so that "5 of the 6 ends are pointy" to quote Calvin & Hobbes.
     
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