A Hard Lesson Learned Buying My First Katana...

by Tim Lairby
(Mesquite, NV)

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.

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Oct 13, 2016
by: Eric

Hey guys I think you are giving Budk a unfair bad name here. In this websites recomended buyers is truesword.com and budk and truesword are basicaly the same store difference between costco and sams club the websites are even set up the same. Now does budk sell items that are cheaply made yes they do but they also sell items that are great like a few others have pointed out do your research like you would with any other purchase. And in the end if you buy something get it home and dont like it return it. Budk alows returns. I have bought alot of items from budk that i could have bought else where but budk had it cheaper. Now if you want a 2500 dollar katana no i would go some where else but also i have never spent 2500 dollars on something with out being able to hold it in my hand first.

Mar 21, 2016
use brand names
by: Anonymous

at the very least do a little brand name research I bought a shinwa damascus from them and have no problem. If ya only spent 30 to 50 yes ya got what ya paid for didn't ya.

Mar 04, 2016
Hit or Miss
by: Anonymous

Funnily enough, when I got my start in this hobby, BudK was one of the first places I went. of course, this meant I ended up with my fair share of crap merchandise, but every so often they'll sell something "acceptable".

When you get down to it, you just need to research whatever they're selling on a different site. If you can't find it, or it's one of their items made "in house", don't buy it.

Now... some of their knives/survival gear are actually pretty nice, and I've used a sword or two from them as a Halloween prop, but that's it. Just know what you're getting into, and get used to receiving their magazines, haha.

May 21, 2015
Well, that bites...
by: Anonymous

I wish I'd known where my birthday present was coming from before I received it. I received a "Templar" sword on my birthday, and I later figured out that it was from BudK. I did some research (which included studying the "Templar" wallhanger that I got), and this experience unfortunately aids to my research. Unfortunate for me, at least. I'd already figured out that BudK was a bad place to shop, but this only engraves my research into the ground. If only I'd known. I'm very sorry about your experience, and I guess we've both learned our lessons about BudK.

Feb 04, 2015
About budk...
by: Lovot

I only have experience with Budk knives, not swords, but I quickly learned that Budk sells good products, but also sells lots of shitty ones. You have to do research on what you are buying from them first, otherwise you will be disappointed.

Aug 26, 2014
Bud K crap
by: Anonymous

Sorry to hear you got burned on that. Bud K is really just wall hanger junk. They will even on occasion elude that an item could be functional but none of them are. I have learned this the hard way as well when I bought a carbon steel katana from them and it was absolute garbage. It kinda looks cool in its scabbard, but that's about it. The rat-tail tang bent as soon as I swung it in the air, and the materials are cheap as well. That place sells decorations, not weapons.

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