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Q: Where can I find a Genuine Katana Sword? ( No Answer,   4 Comments )
Subject: Where can I find a Genuine Katana Sword?
Category: Sports and Recreation
Asked by: tony8312-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 16 Aug 2006 20:44 PDT
Expires: 15 Sep 2006 20:44 PDT
Question ID: 756850
I'm looking for a genuine Katana sword.  I'm looking for something
moderately cheap (< $1000) but genuine quality. I've tried ordering
from the internet before and have gotten imitation... They generally
have quality scabbards/sheaths but the blades are sub-par, badly
scuffed steel.

Clarification of Question by tony8312-ga on 16 Aug 2006 21:02 PDT
I'd prefer to find a place that allows custom engraving of the blade.
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Where can I find a Genuine Katana Sword?
From: weavermatic-ga on 22 Aug 2006 08:37 PDT
This site is for a group that custome makes the swords per order.
Looks like what you are looking for. Prices are under $1000.
Subject: Re: Where can I find a Genuine Katana Sword?
From: bozo99-ga on 23 Aug 2006 16:05 PDT
Maybe weavermatic has omitted to name the site.
Subject: Re: Where can I find a Genuine Katana Sword?
From: standgale-ga on 29 Aug 2006 15:57 PDT
My comment is at least semi-informed and reliable, as we own a genuine
antique katana (and 3 iaito).

First you ned to decide what you mean by genuine - antique, or just
made in a traditional style? If you get an antique engraved, katana
lovers might just hunt you down and hurt you with your defiled and
damaged weapon.

Antique blades should come with certification proving their genuine status.
Modern-made traditional-style blades can be produced by certified
Japanese smiths. Once again - certification.

Either way, there's no chance you'll be getting one for less than
$1000, whether that be US$ or otherwise.

If you are looking for a reasonable quality modern shinken (not
authentic, but good steel and reasonably forged) then you could try
somebody like Bugei Trading Company:

There are also good quality training iato available from places like
Tozando that are good quality, but not steel and certainly not useful
for cutting.

An iaito might be what you are really looking for, as they are made
for training, so reproduce the features and feel of the real blades,
but are cheaper. They can also be of very good quality, or they can be

One thing to look for is that the tang of the blade extends all the
way into the  handle; not just stopping partway but going all the way
to the end. Expecially if you are going to swing it around; you don't
want the blade breaking off and flying away (and into
something/someone). If the tang does not extend, I would not trust
anything else about the sword with regards to authenticity and

It also might be worth looking for the blade you wnat first, then
looking for an engraver. I am not sure if it would be possible or
advisable to engrave an authentic blade, but maybe an iaito would be
Subject: Re: Where can I find a Genuine Katana Sword?
From: jake76-ga on 02 Sep 2006 10:56 PDT
i found a place that sells a list of genuine katana swords, and also
engrave the blade.

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