Trying to choose a practical katana

Discussion in 'General Weapons & Armour' started by Aragorn Elessar, May 12, 2004.

  1. Mububban

    Mububban Administrator Staff Member

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    Why oh why would anyone ever do cutting practise on cement? Just use a crowbar?

    When I get a functional sword for cutting, I'll be doing straw mats and pool noodles and water-filled milk cartons etc. Not cement. Plate steel I could understand, for testing against armour, or try slicing through some chain mail or leather armour etc. But cement? I just dont' see the point in using a sword to "cut" it, when a crowbar (or another piece of cement) can smash it just fine.
     
  2. Daniel_M

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    I actually wouldn't recommend the Practical series at all, I own a Plus and I have to say, going from my Tozando Higo Koshiare I**** to that, the fit and finish is just poor. Like stepping from a lexus into an escort. The practicals have especially poor tsuka-ito that will come loose after just a few months of continous practice. Theres also the nasty fake same and menuki. Just not a very good looking weapon for the price. I recently purchashed a kris cutlery standard katana, and while it certainly does not look traditional, for the money, the blade is excellent. It requires oiling and care like a usual shinken, so you'll have to get a kit, but I think thats a small price to pay. For what its worth my sensei won't allow PPKs in the dojo because he feels that the quality is too low to really justify their use on anything but the softest of targets- no tameshigiri with them. However the kris cutlery blades perform very well on mats and even bamboo and are much less prone to chipping/damage if you botch the cut. I'd cruise over to E-budo.com and search the forum, you'll find a lot of discussion about the two swords, as well as a comparrison. Anyway, I'd go with the Kris, its similair in price and the blade quality is much higher. Just my two cents.