Recommend a katana please

Discussion in 'Sword Discussion' started by Sergeua, Dec 9, 2020.

  1. Sergeua


    May 1, 2016
    My friend is asking me for a good katana. Something that looks expensive and is practical to cut with. I saw some Paul Chen offerings and myself think he should get their tactical 5160 one to play around with and maybe learn how to deal with rust and something nicer to baby a bit more. He's pretty wealthy but likes a bargain. Let me hear your thoughts.

    Thank you,
  2. Honed_Edge


    Feb 5, 2013
    I know it's a bit late, but do you have a price range?
  3. RIP Dequincy Jynxie

    RIP Dequincy Jynxie Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jun 10, 2020
  4. 45Shooter


    Mar 30, 2001
    If he's still looking, have your friend look for a guy named Matthew Jensen of youtube. He has a ton of reviews and tests on katanas on all price ranges and qualities.
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2021
  5. madcap_magician

    madcap_magician Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2005
    Sword Buyer's Guide is your friend.

    The Paul Chen practicals are a great place to start, though. They look pretty decent, especially to the untrained eye, and they're OK cutters, as well, so the function is there.

    If your friend has the money to burn, it's still a good place to start, because having a Paul Chen Practical Plus katana will be a good educational benchmark to help him understand what makes a finer sword more expensive.
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  6. jjmatthew95


    Jan 14, 2021
    search on ebay but look carefully, katanas are usually very often sold fake and bad .
  7. dirc


    Jan 31, 2018
    worst advice ever... ebay is a slimebucket hotzone with 99% un-heat-treated wall hangers

    forgive my brutal honesty, but really, it's true
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  8. scarysamcary

    scarysamcary Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 28, 2020
    Katana's are such a hit or miss style of sword, without a price range it is difficult to provide a good example. If it is affordable you are looking for, Musha and Ten Ryu offer <$100 swords that will work perfectly well as a "functional display piece", but if you are looking for something good the price will jump exponentially.
  9. Drop bear

    Drop bear

    May 3, 2020
    I think you get 3 kinds. Wall hanger junk. Machetes that look like katanas and actual swords.

    I generally suggest the machete.

    A condor or something like that. That while it will make a real ninja look down his nose at you. You can go out the back yard and chop some plastic bottles in half.
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  10. jjmatthew95


    Jan 14, 2021
    Dude, thanks for the answer! I came across 2 good katanas from there, which I checked with a specialist. My friend just told me too that I was very lucky with them, as ebay really isn't the best place to buy a katana. I was wrong!
  11. bdcochran


    Jan 2, 2012
    I always try to give a practical answer.
    1. An actual katana is a war tool, not a chopping tool.
    2. If you want a chopping tool, buy a machete and chop to your heart's content. They were used effectively in the Philippines against the US Army in 1900 and against the Japanese in WW2. I own some, and they work and are very practical.
    3. Your friend should take an escrima course before deciding to buy a katana. The movements in knife fighting, escrima fighting and sword fighting are the same. Simply holding up a sword does NOT transfer skills to the holder. There are a limited number of movements and they can be mastered fairly quickly, followed by repetition.
    4. I have a number of different swords, including a not cheap, not practical katana and two wakazashi swords. I would never use them to chop things.
    5. Read this article: Of course, I train with a Cold Steel boken. Much cheaper than a katana. Safer. And, in the hands of trained person, it will be a deadly weapon. Sometimes you can make items. In escrima, the practice is with bamboo that can break. I had a guy at a range ask me to show people an escrima stick. I brought out a practice stick and he deliberately broke it. I asked to wait a minute and I went to my car and brought a home-made escrima stick made of cast iron water pipe with end caps and asked to break it. He passed on that.
  12. Vetr


    Sep 25, 2020
    Katana? Busse AK-47...not sure i'd want a real one. The steel and warranty would likely not compare

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