Forged In Fire: Tips To Buying A Katana Sword
While there are many katana swords on the market, not all swords are created equal. Some could potentially be dangerous to you, as well as your wallet. To ensure that you are not being ripped off, here are a few things to consider when looking to make this potentially expensive purchase.
1-The Material. While there are many different types of katanas out there, it is crucial that you choose one made of pure carbon steel. While stainless steel is often used in the creation of cheap katanas, carbon steel will hold an edge for much longer and is easier to sharpen. While some imitation companies will boast that their swords are stainless steel, make sure that you are looking for the higher quality carbon steel. When talking about how much material you should purchase, a katana has varying lengths based on the wielder's height. Generally, the blade should be between 26 and 32 inches.
2-The Look. Many imitation sword companies will try to make the blade look authentic with carvings in the blade and furrows, but these etchings can potentially weaken the blade. Check the blade closely for any cracks or scratches which may have happened because of these etchings. A good authentic look to seek is a blade of Damascus. A Damascus look is achieved by a skilled blacksmith folding the steel over itself and beating it together.
It is a very unique look that is hard to duplicate. The handle of a katana is often another big factor which determines the look of a blade. While there are many variations of a katana handle, it is important to make sure that the handle is connected directly to the tang of the blade, instead of just being glued to the outside. Handles that are screwed to the tang typically hold up much longer.
3-Heat Treatment. As has been seen with many a cheap blade, they can break. It all depends on the heat treatment. If a blade is heat-treated improperly, cracks and weaknesses in the blade are made, making the blade quite fragile. Nicks in the edge of a blade can also be quite common since the metal will not have hardened properly. Katanas should be sharp and strong enough to cut through most materials at a high speed, but if a blade was improperly heat-treated, it could shatter. Protect yourself from injury or accident by ensuring your blade was properly heat-treated.
For more information on finding katanas for sale, contact your local sword retailer.