This is the scratch and dent version of the dojo pro level samurai sword#17.
Ronin's Scratch and Dent Guide:
This sword has been discounted due to dents, dings, chips, or rust. It is safe and usable for cutting.
Posted by John T on May 1st 2017
The scabbard has a lot of gluey substance. According to the web, it's to protect the sword from rust. It seems a bit excessive.
The blade was surprisingly thick. This is my first katana purchase (I'm used to Medieval and early modern European swords), so I was pretty surprised. The "Dotanuki" aspect probably made it so that the blade is beefier than your traditional ones. In the future, I'll probably get the Elite line just to avoid the "Dotanuki" beater blades. Or at least to get a better aesthetically pleasing sword that feels more traditional.
The blade also cuts really well. Or rather, it was hard to misalign my cuts against a water bottle whereas I sometimes struggle with one-handed sabres depending on the guard.
The hilt feels really good. Someday, I'm hoping for a faux shagreen option, but no doubt it's very pretty and authentic.
tl;dr It's a blade heavy sword that cuts very well. I'm not a fan of the beefy blade but it was marketed as such. I just ignored it the first time.
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