Buying my 1st BEATER =D dont want to spend too much
by Adam Stever
(Sebastopol, CA, USA)
ANSWER: I'm looking for a functional beater for under $150. Does not have to cut through steel or trees but I wouldnt want it to give away with light cutting. I like the katana style but beauty is definatelly not a req. Machetes seem to sound like they would be a perfect fit... but they just arent cool enough for me. Something enjoyable to swing, easy to take care of, and stands up to some fun (safe fun of course) is what im looking for. I've been looking at musashi katanas in the price range of 49.99-69.99 but cannot decide on one. Medieval swords catch my eye too, but mainly ones able to be weilded with two hands. I hope you can help me find something that fits my interests and price range. Thank you!
Machetes are indeed not a bad idea and have been covered here on SBG
and can be a lot of fun (though watch your fingers, without a hand guard they can be quite dangerous).
Otherwise, I think you are on the right track with Musashi. Some Windlass swords are also very good for this and you can pick them up for around the price range you are looking at (a target="_blank" href="http://www.sword-manufacturers-guide.com/windlass-steelcrafts.html">click here for some recommendations).
There are some good swords in this price range, though many more in the $150-$300 price range.
Hope this helps.