Scratch and Dent Dojo Pro Level Samurai Sword #8
- Calculated at Checkout
The spring tempered high carbon steel has an ultra fine satin finish running lengthwise with no ripples. Thick and beefy at the base but still fairly lightweight for its length. Takes a lot of force to bend it. Geometry of blade and fit of habaki is first rate. Came sharp as a razor base to tip. Tsuba is the perfect thickness, a bit thinner than most others bringing back the point of balance, it looks to be oxidized steel and is precisely machined. Silk ito very tight, knots are also tightly set. Real rayskin is flat and deeply blackened. Fuchi and kashira look like what would have been made for an actual eastern sword fighter's weapon, simple and nothing distracting but with a smooth sandy grit type texture and level with the ito. Red bull horn on the saya is a classy touch, looks custom made and not on many other brands that I've seen. Lacquer is uniform and free of any sanding lines or bumps. The only thing i don't like is having to put it down and go to work. Back in the day a high quality sword would cost around a dozen cattle or a year's pay. I'd say this sword is worth every penny and then some. I've seen plenty 10x this price and can't say the same thing about many. A million thanks to Chris, you won't find better customer service or blades anywhere anyhow. I'm planning on collecting more next year and for many years. Probably 2 of each of the various designs, one for show time and one for go time. Best sword purchases I've ever made here, and I've made more than i can remember.
Arrived a day sooner than anticipated. Despite being listed as scratch and dent, I have not seen any major cosmetic detractors. The only thing is a minor discoloration blemish near the habaki on one side of the blade, which does nothing to alter the function of the blade and in my opinion gives it it's own unique character.