I wonder that if Hattori Hanzo was real, what he would think of all the so-called Kill Bill swords that were sold online over the years..
The overwhelming majority of these swords were and STILL ARE all very cheaply made Chinese stainless steel replicas - and at the height of the Kill Bill movies tens if not hundreds of thousands of these things were sold, almost without exception with handles made from plastic with a nylon wrap, brittle stainless steel blades and rat tail tangs..
Not only are these so called Kill Bill swords badly made, most are terribly inaccurate replicas to boot! For example, in the movie Bills sword has a silver demon head mon insignia on the scabbard. But the Kill Bill swords for sale online have a golden one. And that's just the obvious stuff
These replica wallhanger swords typically sell for around US$39.99 to $75 from online sword sellers, however on ebay they are easily obtainable for less than half of that price (in fact, during the height of the Kill Bill craze, I saw wholesale cases of 10 go for US$99 - that's $9.90 a piece, which gives you a good idea of how much they actually cost to produce!).
While it also might be mass produced Masahiro have produced an extremely sharp, half decent FULLY FUNCTIONAL Kill Bill Katana which is available here at Trueswords.com at the lowest price on the 'net of just US$99.99 (pictured below).
It's not perfect, but it is the closest thing out there still doing the rounds.
The blade is pretty good, 1045 carbon steel (the minimum acceptable for a cutting sword) and it is not badly balanced. Sadly the cheap 'pleather' of the ito wrap and the handle components generally leave a lot to be desired - but it at least makes a decent base for further customization..
Unlike the other stainless steel replicas, the blade is strong enough for light cutting and practice and if Hattori Hanzo was real, I dont think he'd be very pleased with the stainless steel cheapies - but he might just give a cursory nod to these ones (well, if he was drunk I suppose) ..
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