sharp vs sgc
(Garland, TX USA)
QUESTION: I have a pretty sharp katana already. I am thinking about geting a sgc cheness katana but I have heard rumors saying that it is not that sharp. Do you think that a sgc could cut better than a regular sharp katana? Many say it is dull felling when you feel the blade. Really all I want know is it considered a functonal katana.
ANSWER: Hi Jim,
The reason why some people have this impression is because the blade has a Hira-Niku Profile (basically, an appleseed bevel) - and they are used to the much more acute angle of a thinner blade.
A Katana with Hira Niku will not feel as sharp casually thumbing it as a much thinner blade. But it cuts heavier targets much better - and should you run your finger along the blade rather than across it - well, you may well end up needing microsurgery... (this HAS actually happened by people who have made the mistake of underestimating a Hira Niku blade!).
As shown in my review of these swords, they are most definitely functional!!