chrisperoni wrote:well, on the 9260 the line behind the edge is either a mark from sharpening, some kind of false hamon such as etch or brushed, or the greatest suguha hamon ever done... on a sub $200 dollar sword mind you
If you go with the 9260 I'd recommend the huawei option instead. It's a bit cheaper and I have one (bohi variant) and can attest to the goodness of the steel.
I don't like the way st. nihonto says their ito is silk, 'cause it's not. It's synthetic. There's no way they're paying for real silk on this sword. Also when they say the fittings are iron they are only referring to the tsuba. The fuchi and kashira are the same as on the huawei I haved linked to below, and they are an alloy. (same as on mine) Notice huawei doesn't try to make their ito sound better than it is and they tell you the other fittings are actually alloy. I appreciate the more straightforward ad copy.
The Huawei 9260 is a helluva good value for the money. With a couple of low-to-no cost upgrades it's even better. Of course the kinds of things I did to mine can be done to any of these swords.
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Handforged-9260- ... 3f23d4b978
There's also this bohi version which has some iron tsuba options and saya options available. Now here I guess I have to take exception to huawei saying the fuchi/kashira is brass- it's clear to me they are a brass alloy... which means an alloy like any other alloy.. not real brass. dang it huawei! just when I'm trying to talk you up and make a point LOL
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/FUNCTIONAL-9260- ... 41651d0260
Note that in your folded steel choice the fittings are quite likely all alloy including the tsuba. At that price it's unlikely real copper or brass is being used.
**with all these swords the habaki and seppa are actual brass** This is pretty much a standard with all the production forges. They don't use alloys for these parts.**
Or take a bit of time and explore huawei's folded options. I have a folded t10 with hamon ken sword from them and it is a beautiful blade.
oh- and if you're wondering why they can get away with saying alloy/brass/copper etc for all these parts I can rant s'more on that too - hahaaahaaaa!
Kuya wrote:The hamons are fake on the swords linked, and when you get your sword, let us know if the saya rubs the blade. Every ST-Nihonto sword I've gotten so far, the saya rubs the last 15-20% of the flat of the blade. Doesn't matter much for beaters, but for something I want to display and show... it's an issue.
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