How to disassemble stubborn katana.
QUESTION: I've taken apart katanas before but for some reason I am having problems with one specific sword. It is a "handmade sephiroth masamune." I've tried using a splint and wooden mallet to loosen the tang out of the handle but it wouldn't budge. Could the extra long tang be causing an extreme amount of friction or is there glue involved? If there is, is there a way to tell and still dismantle the sword?
ANSWER: I had the same thing happen with some of the budget Musashi swords. My feeling is that they are glued, and trying to force it out is never a good thing (I gave up).
To be honest, having them glued/expoied is not a bad thing on swords of this price range.
And unfortunately, there is no way to tell if it is glued or not unless you are willing to destroy it...