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Entering the katana world

Discussion in 'Sword Discussion' started by stonproject, Jan 5, 2018.

  1. stonproject


    Nov 22, 2013
    Since I was a young boy the samurai and Japanese culture fascinated me. As my knife collection expanded through my adult life my tastes always gravitated back towards asian style tools and weapons , specifically Japanese.

    Well with trepidation, I want to dip my toes in the world of the katana. I've narrowed it down to hanwei and ronin. I don't know that ill necessarily use it for anything beyond admiration, but id like if it was capable of use.

    The sword that interested me most is ronin's entry level swords. I've read good things about it for the price, I will probably jump headfirst into some better swords when I understand them more, but i would appreciate any advice around the $200 mark, and maybe some reading material if you have any to suggest.
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  2. SouthernComfort


    Dec 8, 2011
    Can't tell you anything about the Ronin, but have had some experience with Hanwei over the years and found them to be a good value for a functional Japanese style sword.

    If you want to read up on the real thing, here is a list of some good basic books.

    Samurai Sword - A Handbook

    by John M. Yumoto is cheap on amazon and while maybe a bit dated it still has lots of good basic information.
    The Connoisseur's Book of Japanese Swords
    by Kokan Nagayama, Kenji Mishina may be a bit advanced for the average newbie but is a very good book.
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  3. Highlander 20026

    Highlander 20026

    Jun 19, 2015
    I have heard good and bad things about ronin, also should check out hanwei, huawei, munetoshi skyjiro, ryujin, citadel, hsts, etc but a few to get started
  4. fonedork

    fonedork Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Man I think Ronin is a solid $200 range choice although I've never had one, I was tempted to pull the trigger. I think the decent ones were more in the $300 range though. But for a beater katana I wouldn't think there's all too much of a chance of messing up and making the wrong choice, as long as you get a major brand, they'll all be decent, not awesome. I picked up a folded hanwei set for a beater set and have literally never beaten on it once but I remember that all the research and option weighing leading up to it drove me mad. Good luck.
  5. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Well what are you waiting for? Beater cutting vid now! >:O
  6. fonedork

    fonedork Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Yeah fair enough. I’ll try to get at least some bottles over the weekend.
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  7. SouthernComfort


    Dec 8, 2011
  8. fonedork

    fonedork Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Oh yeah, the Hanwei raptors are supposed to be nice. The eagle tsuba makes it seem like captain america's katana or something though.

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