A Hard Lesson Learned Buying My First Katana...
by Tim Lairby
When I first got interested in Japanese swords, I made the unfortunate decision to buy a "Damascus" Katana from BudK vendors, and did I ever learn a hard lesson. They sell these pieces of crap pot metal for anywhere from $99 to $170, and they are so soft they take a rather indelicate curve at the first effort at cutting a piece of green two-inch bamboo. For that money they could see Musashi blades that are at last acceptable katanas. DO NOT but a sword of any kind from BudK!!!!! They are either stainless steel (!) or the worst kind of soft layered steel I have ever seen in my life, and I've worked with metals for most of my life.