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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 3:37 am    Post subject: Katana site. Reply with quote
http://zanshinironworks.com/index.php
This website seems interesting. Appearntly they have some nice katanas made from Tamahagane.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 7:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I think are advertising BS.
There is the "Tamahagane fever" now amongst low-end
collectors and JSA practicioners as once was for L6.

Real Tamahagane is hard to achieve even to registered
Katanakaji. I think "Tamahagane" that is
advertized in some swords (not sure the one you
refer to...) is melted in China *possibly* in a
similar way the Tatara makes. Anyway *not* from
the japanese Tatara. IMHO. Smithing is totally
another matter.

As regard the sword in the link, watch at the Hamon
and texture and you'll realize its real value.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I agree Carlo. Tamahagane, the stuff from Japan at least, is not easy to acquire. Plus the blade's metal just doesn't look right. It reminds me of Damascus steel. It's pretty, but for the kind of money they are asking for, I would rather get the real thing. Nowadays, with a little patience, it's possible to score a nice sword.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Ranger wrote:
I agree Carlo. Tamahagane, the stuff from Japan at least, is not easy to acquire. Plus the blade's metal just doesn't look right. It reminds me of Damascus steel. It's pretty, but for the kind of money they are asking for, I would rather get the real thing. Nowadays, with a little patience, it's possible to score a nice sword.


Yes, either the texture and the Hamon don't look
right to me.

I wonder where they are going to...

Swords seems to follow the same crazy road the
knives have taken. This steel is now in fashion,
that one no more...
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Tsubame1 wrote:
Real Tamahagane is hard to achieve even to registered Katanakaji.


Yeah, Thats what I thought. I was wondering how they got their hands on Tamahagane.

Ranger wrote:
It's pretty, but for the kind of money they are asking for, I would rather get the real thing. Nowadays, with a little patience, it's possible to score a nice sword.

Yeah, I was thinking the thing. One could buy a real antique sword with 3500$, rather then buy the over price stuff they're advertising.

I also notice the fittings they are selling are over priced aswell. I remember seeing the menuki they are selling for.. what is it? 100-200? For about 15$ lol
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Lord Ruin wrote:
I also notice the fittings they are selling are over priced aswell. I remember seeing the menuki they are selling for.. what is it? 100-200? For about 15$ lol

Actually, I think $15 is probably way too much. I bet they are mass produced out of Pakistan or China for 50 cents a pop.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2007 6:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
the hamons do look frosted and the menuki may be a little embelleshed, but even junk swords dont get marked up that much. Also they seem to offer a full same wrap which i've found to be quite rare among a lot of sword manufacturers
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