The guntō (military sword) was a ceremonial sword produced for the Imperial Japanese army and navy after the introduction of conscription in 1872.
I bought this as a gift, so I can't comment on the overall quality, but I did take it out of the package, and it feels solid. The number one concern with these things is always poor workmanship and rattling, but everything feels well built. It arrived in a full Styrofoam shell which kept it pretty safe. A corner of it was crumbled, but the sword was deep enough in the shell that it wasn't a worry. The sword blade was wrapped in plastic and coated with oil or grease which was nice to see.
Shipping was fast. Maybe a week-ish which isn't bad at all considering it originated from China. They provide you with a tracking number when the blade ships so you can follow the progress, which is pretty standard, but I appreciated having it.
A couple pieces of feedback and things to note. I ordered a stand and blade. The confirmation only had the tracking number for the blade, though they shipped separately. It would have been nice to have them both from the beginning. I sent an email and customer service got back to me the next day with the other tracking number. So best case I'd rather they sent them together, but it's SUPER nice knowing the customer service is there and responsive!
Last thing, they include a small pamphlet in the package telling you not to hit your friends or stick the sword in your mouth, but it would be REALLY nice if they also included some simple care instructions. How do I clean it initially. How should I care for it and keep it from rusting, etc. It's a nice thing to have when you are giving the sword as a gift. Or better yet, a small sample thing of some oil and a little microfiber cloth with their company logo on it. I can't imagine it would cost much and I'd pay a few dollars more not to have to do the research and buy the stuff from Amazon.
Overall I'm pleased with it so far!
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Great sword for any anime lover. It's not too sharp so you won't hurt yourself but also sturdy and strong.
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I would say its a great display piece for its price, but poor to use. The katana is quite beautiful in it's design but I would have to say it is not recommended for anyone using it for practice/exercise. The blade is unusually thick for a katana and it suffers poor balance as a result which makes it difficult to swing and requires much more effort to control. Also, on mine at least, the blade guard above the tsuba is poorly shaped and causes catching on the scabbard when placing the blade back inside.
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I bought this sword just to have something I could practice difficult twirls and fast draws with. I didn't want to risk getting injured using my real sword which is a competition cutting sword (a Last Legend Tsunami). And now that I am getting older and have arthritis, I need to be more carful.
This sword was better than I expect, but you need to know some things about it before you buy.
The blade is 28 1/4" long and the tsuka is 10 3/4" long which I am happy about. I like an 11" handle and a 29" or 30" blade. So this one is short but feels good to use.
They talk about balance with swords, but in the 40 years I have used them, I think it is more a question of weight. Swords that are heavy seem to be out of balance more than lighter ones. Anyway, this sword is so light that balance doesn't matter. You can hardly feel it compared to a cutting blade.
The saya is plastic. It looks and feels like a wooden saya but it's not. The problem is that the blade clunks around and makes a lot of noise when you put the sword away. You can control that a lot by how you put it away. Just press the back side of the blade downward against the opening as you push it in and that cuts out most of the noise. The habaki hits the mouth of the saya and that is were most of the noise comes from, but if you press the back of the blade down and push the tip up as you reach the end, it will go in nicely. It just takes getting used to.
I was disappointed that the same isn't real like the ad claimed, but for the price, I don't mind. I am going to rewrap it and replace the synthetic same anyway. As for the handle wrapping, it's not bad. It's not high quality silk or even cotton, and so it feels kind of rough. But it does stay in place and the diamonds are mostly even. The ito doesn't come apart from use so if you are not really picky, the handle is fine. The length is a little longer than they told me it would be.
The blade is really good. I had an expensive (2K) dull katana many years ago. It was really high quality, but it was too small for me so I sold it after 20 years. The blade on this sword compares with that one. It looks about the same and feels about the same. I really like it.
For the money there is nothing wrong with this sword. I like it. But I like expensive swords and want them to be perfect. So if I like it, most likely you will too. Just be aware that you might want to upgrade the tsuka or even the saya. I ordered a wooden saya for mine and once I replace the same with real same and wrap the handle, I think I will love this sword.
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I wanted a relatively cheap display piece I got what I ordered.
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Yes, thank you I was very excited to get it. It’s a very nice piece and hopefully to maybe get a couple more pieces from y’all. You have a very good products. Thank you.
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Everything about this sword is exactly what I was looking for.
Amazing detail in the art.
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Can’t beat it for the price. Sturdy, well made and looks beautiful.
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