Sub-$300 Katana (2014 edition)

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  1. Scotty2Hotty

    Scotty2Hotty

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    Apr 29, 2014
    WOW! Now THAT is awesome! I have never met a celebrity before. Much less a celebrity that is the REAL deal like Mr. Norris. That brings up a Norris joke...
     
  2. TrueBlue11c

    TrueBlue11c

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    Mar 31, 2014
    Cool man enjoy. I'm still reviewing which katanas to get.
     
  3. Scotty2Hotty

    Scotty2Hotty

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    You ready for this? Hehehe - Ghosts sit around the campfire and tell Chuck Norris stories!
     
  4. TrueBlue11c

    TrueBlue11c

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    It was in 1999 and he was really cool. He was there as a guest demonstrator
     
  5. TrueBlue11c

    TrueBlue11c

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    Superman wears chuck Norris pajamas.
    The boogeyman checks his closet for chuck Norris before he goes to bed
     
  6. TrueBlue11c

    TrueBlue11c

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    I've met a few celebs/politicos. Norris was humble and kind, dallas has some really big tournaments. Awesome weapons demos
     
  7. TrueBlue11c

    TrueBlue11c

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    Mar 31, 2014
    I guess no one has tried a Ronin Elite......
     
  8. TrueBlue11c

    TrueBlue11c

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    Mar 31, 2014
    A laminated katana at that price seems good right? Anybody that knows....
     
  9. TrueBlue11c

    TrueBlue11c

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    horseclover,
    what all swords do you have and how do you rate them?
     
  10. TrueBlue11c

    TrueBlue11c

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    Anyone have a custom katana from sbg?
     
  11. horseclover

    horseclover Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 21, 2000
    I have just two modern Japanese style swords (along with about fifty others. Modern and antique). Neither really relevant in the search of todays market of "best" swords for the sub $300 katana market.

    My generation 4 Hanwei practical katana was bought all in at $134 brand new, early 2003 (2002 production). The current Hanwei PK classic has a lighter blade and costs more than $200. My sword has been used as a loaner at a show every year since buying it and the heaviest targets I have cut at were heavy cardboard pallet wrap cores (tubes about 3/8-1/2 wall thickness, about 5 inches overall diameter, tough stuff). It lives most of its life hanging in its bag but has cut many dozen mats and other things. Differentially hardened and sharpening touched up just annually, mostly with a ceramic rod and maybe a dozen swipes all told with a pocket diamond stone in this past dozen years. Those minor touch ups including the kissaki attacking gravel by a self purported expert (size up anyone carefully when loaning swords).

    The other Japanese style sword I own is a Chinese made chokuto/straight blade in rosewood shirasaya and has a very pretty T-10 steel blade that was clay hardened. It will be a project down the line sometime or sold off. I grabbed it cheap second hand. I'd be hard pressed to find the Ebay source but new was in the $175-$225 range

    I do have one true Japanese antique that was less than $300. A colonial WWI era officer sword used in Tsingtao.
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    It is a very slim and slight sword but is plain steel and sharper than it needs to be.
    http://www.swordforum.com/forums/showthread.php?110046-Japanese-Colonial-Diplomat-Naval-Flag-Officer

    American swords, revolution to Mexican war period. That is what I focus on for study and acquisition.

    Cheers

    GC
     
    Last edited: May 15, 2014
  12. TrueBlue11c

    TrueBlue11c

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    Horseclover,
    Thanks for the info. Those cardboard cores are fun to cut with, I've done it when I had an abundance of them. As for the colonial WWI era officer sword, under $300? Sweet find.
    It looks great, plus the history behind it makes it a bit more stoic.
    Thanks for sharing. You should post some of your other swords, you seem to have an abundance.
    Very interested in all you got. One of my relatives fought at the battle of san jacinto, he's on the monument.
     
  13. horseclover

    horseclover Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 21, 2000
    I have started and participated in a few threads here. My thoughts are already there to read. Any missing photos I can probably scare up from one drive or another (if truly interested and in those threads).

    More or less on topic, here is some carnage including those tubes from the warehousing years.


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    Cheers

    GC
     
  14. TrueBlue11c

    TrueBlue11c

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    Mar 31, 2014
    Looks like a tornado hit that lol. Great pic
     
  15. Scotty2Hotty

    Scotty2Hotty

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    Apr 29, 2014
    So, Mr. TrueBlue, have you decided on a new toy yet? Dynasty Forge? Ronin Elite? Skyjiro(again)? Have you done anymore cutting?
     
  16. Scotty2Hotty

    Scotty2Hotty

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    Apr 29, 2014
    HAHA! That's awesome...
     
  17. shmew1

    shmew1

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    Nov 18, 2013
    I don't know of any really great katana in that price range, but a good Katana that is sharp, and collected by movie buffs would in my opinion be a RONiN,which fits your budget.
     

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