most durable katana $1000-$1500
QUESTION: I am looking to spend about 1200 on an as genuine as that will buy katana. I want to get the most durable non chipping steel possible for that money. I would like this to be a one time purchase, at least for now. So could you tell me you opinion on the top 3 swords out there that if contacted by another blade in battle would hold up the best. I have looked at hundreds but dont know really how to choose. Also I want to purchase a ninja sword, how do you compare the cheness 9260 oniyuri to the gen 2 bwt ninja, and are there any better for more money. Hope I didnt ask too much.
Thank you very much, dan
ANSWER: Hi Dan,
The first question is actually kind of hard to answer, at least in one way. In terms of this price range (well, slightly more actually) Hanwei make a L6 Bainite Katana The Oni which is extremely durable, but not at all traditional.
Remember, a traditional Katana is durable enough for the task it was designed for, namely - cutting through human flesh and bone. When it comes to steel on steel, they generally don't do so well (if struck edge to edge, Katana will generally chip and bite into each other and lock up).
But yea, for sheer durability - have a look around for one of those Oni L6 Bainites...
Now, as far as your second question, I have yet to properly try out the BWT Ninja sword, so can't say too much about it other than I have heard from others that it is good and rather underrated. But also, possibly about to be discontinued...
As far as other Ninja swords go, check my reviews here, my personal favorites are the Oniyuri and the Practical Ninja Sword, but for very different reasons.
Hope this helps at least a bit.