Katana swords will always be extremely popular, but it seems more and more individuals are becoming considering Japanese swords. It’s actually very hard to find a katana locally, unless you reside in a big city, which is why many individuals are looking for these swords on eBay. There is nothing bad with eBay, I love the site, but you have to know your stuff before you bid so that you are not taken advantage of.
You’ll notice four different types of katana swords on eBay. They’re sword as objects, production, custom and Nihonto. Sword as items are beautiful swords to hand on walls. They are visually pleasing, but are certainly not constructed in the conventional manner, and are not safe to really use. They’re produced from.440 stainless steel and that is way too brittle for any duration of your sword. They shatter on impact leading to metal shrapnel to fly everywhere. One sword like thing that really bothers me have become the antique katana replicas from China. They’re made rusty and dirty to appear as a true antique Japanese sword. But they are badly created and if put to any form of test the katana will fail with unsafe results. If it’s way too great of a deal, it most likely is. These cheap fake antiques are often sold really cheap with $100 of shipping. Stay clear of these completely.
Production katana swords are fuctional swords which have been mass produced. If you need a functional sword that isn’t insanely expensive, then this’s the sword you want. They’re made of carbon steel, 1045 quality or even higher. They’ve proper heat treatment and this tends to make them purposeful and edge geometry to cause them to become usable. They’re usually $200 to $2000. You will want a brand name like Masahiro, Koto, Cheness, Paul Chen/Hanwei/Cas Iberia, Dynasty Forge, Last Legend, Bugei, Cold Steel, Oni Forge and Fred Chen. You need to find the metal type, heat treatment and a communicative and honest seller for production swords on eBay. Don’t purchase from sellers that claim it is able to cut steel and other nonsense.
Custom katana swords are made by swordsmiths on a one by one basis. They outperform anything that is mass produced according to performance and aesthetics. The smith takes a large amount of time and care with the sword that’s never equalled when it is mass produced. They normally choose $1,000 to $7,000. These custom swords are going to show up on eBay in case they’re not able to sell their sword through their connections. These’re generally extraordinary deals and you should snap them up. Contact KatanaSale.com to verify their work. The seller of a custom sword will have no problem providing the information.
Nihonto are true Japanese swords manufactured in Japan. They’re modern or antique. Nihonto are extremely expensive because of their extreme restrictions and quality by law on their production. They cost you from $5,000 on up. I would not be amazed to see an antique go to $200,000 or more. If you would like a Nihonto I recommend you spend a couple of hundred dollars on study and books. You do not wish to get burned by a fake. Sellers of Nohonto understand exactly what the katana swords are worth and will promote them within that range. You are not going to buy one for just a few hundred on eBay.