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Any good $200 swords out there?

Discussion in 'Sword Discussion' started by weezer919, Apr 14, 2018.

  1. weezer919

    weezer919

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    Apr 7, 2018
    Is it possible to purchase good a katana-type sword for around $200? ... By "good" I mean battle ready ... A tough sword that will not fall apart ... While I am not exclusively limiting myself to katana style swords ... I do want a sword that is fully functional and practical ... I do not want to just hang it on the wall and look at it ...... Any suggestions?
     
  2. hhmoore

    hhmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    Are you looking for new, or secondhand?
     
  3. weezer919

    weezer919

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    Apr 7, 2018
    I would prefer a new sword ... I find that buying used (anything) is very complicated ... I never know what I am getting ... Or where to find it ... Or how much to pay ... When I buy anything used.
     
  4. JJHollowman

    JJHollowman

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    Jul 16, 2016
    Check out Cheness
     
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  5. Lapedog

    Lapedog

    Dec 7, 2016
    Yes, search paul chen hanwei in google and go to their “samurai sword” section. They have excellent katanas for just over 200$ and under 250$
     
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  6. weezer919

    weezer919

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    Apr 7, 2018
    Response to JJHollowman

    Thank you for your response.

    I went to the Cheness Cutlery website ...... They have one called a "1060 "MOKKO" Katana (3rd Gen)" that looks interesting ...... They want $199.99 for it ...... That was about what I had planned on spending ...... I might purchase it.
     
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  7. DrRollinstein

    DrRollinstein Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

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    Feb 20, 2018
    Check kult of athena. They label the battle ready stuff, have a great selection, and literally have the best possible prices when it comes to swords.
     
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  8. weezer919

    weezer919

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    Apr 7, 2018
    Response to Lapedog

    Thank you for your response.

    I went to the Paul Chen Hanwei website ...... This was a good suggestion ...... Paul Chen has a very large selection of swords ...... I navigated to the "Samurai Swords" section ...... Then to the "Katana" section ...... They have about 8 swords that are in my price range ...... I will look through them ...... They have a "5160 through hardened blade" spring steel model for $229.99 that looks interesting ...... It looks like a good deal ...... They have another model ...... "Forged 1566 high carbon steel blade" for $239.99 ...... I will have to research these two steels to determine which one I might purchase ...... They both look like good deals.
     
  9. weezer919

    weezer919

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    Apr 7, 2018
    Response to DrRollinstein

    Thank you for your response.

    The Cult of Athena website has an extremely large selection of swords ......It will take me a while to look through all the models in my price range ...... It definitely looks like they have some swords that would be a good fit for me.
     
  10. DrRollinstein

    DrRollinstein Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

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    Feb 20, 2018
    Yeah, and its all separated nicely. And you wont find lower prices anywhere unless you have a coupon to use.
     
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  11. Low_rez

    Low_rez Gold Member Gold Member

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    Mar 15, 2011
    Battle ready swords at Zombie Tools.
     
  12. Lapedog

    Lapedog

    Dec 7, 2016
    Paul Chen is known for making Katanas and Japanese style swords which are balanced and feel like real ones. If you were going to spend 200 I highly recommend springing the extra little bit for the paul chens.
     
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  13. DrRollinstein

    DrRollinstein Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

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    Feb 20, 2018
    Also a good option. More expensive than your budget, but probably more battle ready than anything else lol.
     
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  14. BitingSarcasm

    BitingSarcasm

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    Feb 25, 2014
    I have been curious about this sword, anybody used one?

    Link to non-supporting dealer/vendor removed... read the site rules.
     
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  15. DrRollinstein

    DrRollinstein Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

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    Feb 20, 2018
    Good steel and designed by a pretty famous sword dude, so it cant be that bad for the price.

    Edit: Forget good steel, i read it wrong, that is a pretty damn fantastic steel for the price.
     
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  16. BitingSarcasm

    BitingSarcasm

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    Feb 25, 2014
    That's what has me wondering. It's a great price on good materials and a collaboration with a respected maker. It seems to hit a "too good to be true" level that leaves me loathe to explain the credit card bill to my wife. Unless it really is on the level in which case I can spend some time in the doghouse.
     
  17. hhmoore

    hhmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    @BitingSarcasm
    When considering that piece, ask yourself what you want it to be. If you're looking for a nice katana, this is not the one. If you're looking for a budget beater - something to take out in the yard to swing around, cut water bottles, hack away at small branches, etc, without getting too worried about damaging it; you'll likely be satisfied.
    Then again, if that's what you want, you could buy an Ontario 22" HD machete for a fraction of the price (except the Ontario is a single-hander)
     
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  18. GrReaper

    GrReaper

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    Sep 22, 2014
    fully functional and battle ready, less than $200? Maybe Condor, if you don't mind a modern look. They have a couple of two handers, 1075 steel. Of course, the balance is not going to be as good as a real katana, but they should be very tough.
     
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  19. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    In short, No. Save your money and buy a better quality example. It would be better to invest the $200 on some basic training, so you can be in a better position to appreciate and choose a good sword. There is much more to swords than appearance; you want something that fits you and works for you.

    n2s
     
  20. DrRollinstein

    DrRollinstein Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

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    Feb 20, 2018
    A "real" katana will cost you multiple grand. But there are definitely some good cheap swords. Especially if you just want to use the hell out of them.
     

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