Musashi Koga Ninja Sword Review

A functional Ninja sword for under $50 seems like a deal too good to be true. And yet, while young sword enthusiast Jesse Haushalter found that this very affordable sword to be a very good deal – it obviously falls a little shorter than the kind of Hanwei blade I reviewed here – it is also around a quarter of the price...

Musashi Koga Ninja

Review by Jesse Haushalter, Cudahy USA

Steel    
Price Range

Unspecified Carbon Steel
US$44-$79

I ordered the Koga Ninja sword from Trueswords.com and it ran me a cool $75 (Editors note: actually, now they are $44! See the bottom of this review for info), not including fedex express shipping (an additional $8).

Therefore this sleek, blackened katana arrived at my doorstep for about $83.

Not a bad deal especially when you consider that it arrived in 3 days.

INITAL IMPRESSIONS

The Ninja sword came packaged inside a sturdy cardboard box, and inside of said box was a slimmer, more ornately decorated box that bore the Musashi logo and the kanji for ninja. Upon tearing through the cardboard with a carving knife, and gingerly opening the Musashi box I came into contact with the sword itself. It was placed between two Styrofoam pads and was covered in bubble wrap. (sorry no photo for this) As I began inspecting the saya and tsuka I marvelled at the style of the sword. Uniform black.. you can't go wrong there.

~TSUKA: A black cotton wrap, with faux black rayskin panels and 2 bamboo mekugi. Take note of the blackened copper menuki. My initial impressions of it were mixed. I like the black rayskin even though it is a little too off-purple in hue. I also found the cotton wrap to be very comfortable. Though it felt a tad loose, but not so much so as to cause unravelling.

~SAYA: The saya is lacquered in a heavy piano lacquer and stamped with a kanji that signifies "NINJA". Neat.

~TSUBA: A typical square tsuba adorns the sword.

Upon my first inspection it seemed to be well painted, but after taking another look at it i noticed that the paint job was quite imperfect.

As you can clearly see several splotches of copper. Eh, it's a $75 Ninja sword, so this in and of itself is forgivable, and easily fixable.

~BLADE: Upon looking at the blade I was taken aback by how well done the anodization was. It looks flawless, like a blade made out of pure ebony. Obviously no one would see this blade at night. (which is part of it's purpose) Though it does have a tendency to reflect light. So a matte finish would have been more effective, albeit' less aesthetically pleasing. Overall I like the finish on the blade.

~SWORD STATISTICS~

Overall Length: 40 3/4in
Blade Length: 27in (edge)
Handle Length: 10.5in
Handguard Width: 3in
Blade Thickness: 0.125
Overall Weight: 2lbs - 2lbs 10 oz (I don't have a scale)

HANDLING CHARACTERISTICS

I like the way this Ninja sword feels in my hands. It's lightweight, agile and it's very easy to make devastating slices with it. Thanks to the (mostly) razor sharp blade. A plus with this particular sword is that unlike many other swords musashi sharpened this one all they way down to the habaki.

In fact, it's especially sharp in that area I know that for a fact... cut my finger upon first inspection thinking that it would be dull near the habaki... boy was I wrong.

Anyways I believe that this was done because the original purpose of this Ninja sword would have been stealth. Ala stealth kills usually involve the slitting of the throat. It also possesses a wickedly sharp tip. Overall: very well done, and very easy to handle.

Now for the part that you've all been waiting for. The much awaited CUTTING TESTS!

CUTTING TESTS

I started out with 2 water-filled gallons. This Ninja sword sliced cleanly through them and with very, very little resistance. Though I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

After decimating the gallons of water, I tried my hand at another classic cutting target. The ubiquitous water bottle!

~Water BOTTLE~

Now the sword was able to cut through them, but with some difficulty. I batted the first one away though I believe that was due in part to my poor technique rather than the fault of the blade. Again I'll let the picture speak for itself.

Oddly enough I was out of water bottles, and rather than take a trip up to pick n' save I decided on using a different target. One that is seldom used for sword cutting..

not so hopeful, but then again a soda can isn't an ideal cutting target.

CONCLUSION

The Musashi Ninja sword: stylish and fun to wield, and while I consider the blade to be a little too thin for the serious cutting tests, and it's also extremely rigid.

Overall though I'm glad I bought it, and would recommend it someone who wants a sword that looks stylish and is fun to wield, I know that some of the tests are less than pleasing, I will man up and admit that it's more user error than manufacturing defect.

Because there's no way that I would have been able to slice through those water-filled jugs cleanly if the blade was dull, and for $75 it's a good value so I say if ninjas are your thing then go for it.

PROS

  • Most affordable, reasonably functional Ninja sword on the market

CONS

  • Some minor cosmetic imperfections of the blade and fittings

  • Ito wrap is a little loose

WHERE TO BUY

I'd go with Trueswords.com because at $75, you're getting a great deal. I've found it cheaper online, but some of the online vendors whom I've found aren't very well received. So I'd go with good ol' trueswords, and that's it for me.

Hope you enjoyed the review

~good day

~Jesse~

EDITORS NOTE

As stated towards the beginning of this Ninja sword review, Trueswords have dropped the price down to $44.99 for the Koga Ninja - so now, you not only get the best value for money – but the best customer service and shipping.

Definitely a good deal for the budget minded Ninja sword enthusiast.


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