Shinwa Blade Quality
by Clayton Mast (Nendo-Ton)
Is This Worth around 300 Dollars?
QUESTION: Are Folded (2000?) Damascus Blades by Shinwa worth Buying? I want to be a serious buyer of functional swords. This is a Tool that should never perish.
ANSWER: The short answer is no... ;-)
Folded swords are not necessary these days (it was a technique done to try and minimize impurities in the steel, which is a mute point for modern steel) and indeed, for swords at this price point, they actually tend to create more problems when folded, including air pockets and weld flaws.
I'm not a big fan of Shinwa per se, but I would recommend having a good look over the reviews and info on my Japanese swords page to find something that best suits your requirements.
Sorry to put a dampner on things. But I don't think this particular piece would serve your requirements at all...