Are The Swords From Handmadeswords.com For Real?
QUESTION: I found handmadesword.com by chance when I was killing time surfing the web. Looking around their site I found their Sakura daisho set. Upon closer examination, I found that it's identical to Paul Chen's Bushido set. But the difference in price is incredible! Handmadesword is selling theirs for $189 (and lower for multiple quantities) while Paul Chen is ... well, you know. I see a lot of other designs that are the same as other "designer" swords and I was just amazed at the price.
My question is, is the Sakura a replica of Paul Chen's Bushido or is it the real thing but at a more affordable price?
Please and thank you!
ANSWER: Hi Storme,
It's not the same thing - the fittings might be a copy, but it's not a genuine Hanwei... (Hanwei have their own forge in Dalian, Manchuria and having a general idea of the cost of producing a sword such as the Bushido, it's definitely not the same thing).
Enough said probably. ;-)