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Busse or Dawson for wakizashi style sword?

Discussion in 'Sword Discussion' started by GrReaper, Mar 27, 2018.

  1. GrReaper


    Sep 22, 2014
    I'm thinking of getting a Busse AK47 in SR101 steel but I'm wondering whether it might be better to go with Dawson in 80CrV2? Dawson is definitely more pricey, and they come with sheaths. Busse has no sheath, but I'm sure I can always improvise something. Has anyone used either make in a short sword style? This would be used for chopping up to 2 inch thick trees, backyard cutting and messing around, that kind of thing.
  2. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Get whichever one doesn't have a hollow grind. :D
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  3. evltcat

    evltcat Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 7, 2011
    I have both INFI and SR-101 Busse AK-47's. They have nice high sabre grinds, and you can beat the living crap out of them with confidence. Chopped up lots of boxwood bushes and small limbs from trees. Both steels are ridiculously easy to sharpen. If anything happens to your AK, Busse's got a full lifetime warranty and will replace it.

    This thread is useless without pix! ;)

    BG AK-47 Stripped:

    Have fun with whichever sword you choose!!!
  4. resinguy

    resinguy Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    A quick search led me to the Dawson web site. Never heard of him/them before, and let's assume that they make a fine product. The warranty is not as comprehensive as one would get from Busse. If you intend to beat the living crap out of your sword, then go with a Busse. Having said that, and having owned 3 Busse sword-like-objects, the edge profiles are rather obtuse and the cutting performance will benefit from re-profiling the grind behind the edge. I used a HF 1x30 belt grinder.
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  5. GrReaper


    Sep 22, 2014
    I think I will pull the trigger on the Busse! Thanks for your advice guys!

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