Swords of Northshire / 1095 clay tempered blades able to cut bone and wire?
(Charleston S.C. )
I am looking to buy my first katana and have read a ton of information on this wonderful website and other places. I want a sword that is capable of cutting more than just paper and plastic water bottles but does not exceed ~$400. At first I thought that a blade made of 1060 or 9260 spring steel would be the way to go but the more I have read I'm now completely at a lose on what I should be be looking for. I read on the Swords of Northshire website in their product descriptions that 1060 and 9260 are good for bamboo and rolled practice mats while for heavier cutting such as bone and wire they recommend clay tempered 1095 steel. My main question is if I would want to cut heavy targets like a slab of meat do I need to get a clay tempered 1095 blade to do so? Also I have read that 1095 steel can be brittle on heavy targets so that has just confused me further. Also has anyone had any experience using the 1095 clay tempered blades from swords of northshire to cut heavy targets?