This is a real Japanese 'Samarai' sword..
Yes, it is not a misspelling, it is probably the best way to describe what kind of class the Cold Steel Warrior falls into..
It is not a Samurai sword - it is a modern interpretation of one.. But this does not necessarily make it bad if you take it for what it is..
After all, the general consensus of the sword community has been since the beginning, this Japanese Samarai sword:
Why? Probably because they have seen THIS promotional video somewhere:
VIDEO: Clip from Official Promo
Cold Steel owner, Lynn Thompson - be careful of that triple rolled tatami mat he powers through, there's some camera angles going on there (and boneless meat)..
But is this a fair assessment? Is it that unbalanced? And does it really cut that good? How does the original proto-beater stack up to the competition, or is this Japanese Samarai Sword in a special group of it's own?
Let's try to find out..
Review by "the Incredible Holg"
Howdy gents, today i am gonna break a lance for the often cursed and insulted CS warrior, the original "Japanese Samarai Sword"...
I like usually like picking up the side of the underdog, and as i own a few production katana i considered giving this babe a chance EXACTLY because it receives some beating. As i stumbled upon it for a reasonable price i gave it a shot!
Steel: 1055 High Carbon
Overall Length: 40 3/4"
Sheath: Black Lacquered Wood
Weight: 2lbs 11oz
Blade Length: 29 3/8"
The blade is made of 1055 through-hardened carbon steel, superclean with very exact lines and curves; none of my Hanwei kat blades looks as good. It is considerably wider than than the blades of any of my other kats which makes the overall "flow" of the sword very nice; the sudden wideness difference between the grip and the blade always disturbs me. The polish is a little rough but i prefer that type of finish anyway.
VERY tight cord wrapping with very exact diamonds; look at the pictures
and compare it to my Ronin!
VERY exact fitting mekugi; they're about 1/3
thicker than I am used to.
The rayskin panels are good, but you can see a tiny twinkle of wood on
top and bottom of the handle; same with my Hanweis, same with my Ronin, i
suppose it is standard without a full wrap.
The tsuba smaller than expected, made from blackened iron like the other fittings. All share some kind of arrow theme. Tsuba has a very little bend.
What i didnt like to see was the clear evidence of glue between habaki and seppa, also between seppa and grip; shouldn't be necessary!
alignment with the blade is excellent though; none of my other kats
comes near that.
The Kissaki is not traditional and roughly counterpolished.
As far as handling goes..
Yes, its blade heavy, and that's the way it is with katana, though with this one here - its a little more! ;)
got the feeling this katana was constructed exactly with big fat strong
western guys in mind; a two-handed battlesword in the shape of a
katana! Is that a bad thing? I don't know but i like it!
If you can get your paws on that sword for lets say around 300,- to 350,- bucks i would say: grab it! The list price at Cold Steel for these things is certainly ridiculous, for around 600,- dollars you can get FAR superior Katana! But for the price I paid its the best Katana I have, especially considering fit and finish.
It's true you need to muscle your cuts, but there can be little doubt that this is a durable sword that may not suit everyone, but will suit someone perfectly if you know what I mean...
I hope this review of what I refer to as the Cold Steel Japanese Samarai Sword has been helpful. :-) To return to The Best Japanese Sword for under $300 is MONOTEMPERED from 88BKW Japanese Samarai Sword Review, click here