A recent purchase
by Calvin Leisure
(Bowling Green, KY)
QUESTION: I recently bought a Generation 2 BWT Ninja sword from swordsofvalor.com and had some issues with the blade. I had some preconceived notions that these swords were pretty rigid and strong, but have found otherwise. I recieved the sword in the mail and quickly went to work cutting up the box it came in and for two or three days I had no problems, but I noticed something later on-- that the blade wasn't completely straight. And when I applied pressure-small mind you- the blade warped even more. This is not edge-wise, this is along the flat of the blade.
I did not aggressively "flex test" this sword and still I am horrified with the results; the blade has the same tensil strength of a butter knife of the same thickness. I have contacted the swordsofvalor.com who told me that this is how these swords work and I don't believe them.
So... I need your word that when I pay $265. dollars for a Generation 2 sword that this is what i'm supposed to expect.
I know you guys (this site and theirs) do business and recommend eachother, but I am looking for help and sound advice-- if you can't give it to me I would greatly appreciate it if you could tell me who could.
ANSWER: Hi Calvin,
I've had to edit my original answer slightly as Jason at AoV provided some additional info from your original email to him (in the comments section) which said: "The sword looks fine and cuts very well and handles fine too, but the blade bends and stays bent. I don't know if this is supposed to work that way, but this is my first 'real' sword and I kind of expected a little more resilency. I didn't abuse the blade or hit it against metal or concrete, or stick it in between two rocks and try to bend it, I just took two hands (one on each end) and bent the sword into an L and then did my best to straighten it back out."
Unfortunately, as you found out the hard way, differentially hardened swords do not flex - if they get bent, they stay bent.
They will resist it to a certain degree when cutting, but they cannot withstand a flex test like a monosteel sword...
I do feel pretty sorry for you as it is a heck of a hard way to find out about that... But even in dojos, when swords take a set from a bad cut, they are often just straightened out manually. Doing this often will lead to stresses in the steel of course and you'll want to relegate this sword to light cutting or display from here on out as bending it in an L shape is pretty harsh...
But yeah, I am sorry to hear about your troubles - and it is an expensive lesson, but better on a BWT than a $1,000+ Bugei I suppose...!
Sorry I couldn't have been of help earlier.