Where can I get a decent CHISA KATANA in the $100 Range?
by Jason Roland
(Novi, Mi USA)
QUESTION: Are CHISA KATANAS really so non popular that they havent trickled down to the within $100 High carbon steel full tang universally tempered Beater price range yet?
I know Cold steel makes one for the Sub $300 price range, but I'm not a big cold steel fan. Dont get me wrong, they make solid sharp swords. But They dont handle as well as a paul chen, Masahiro or even a Musashi.
Another quick questions: A friend of mine has a sword with something laser etched on the side and I was hoping you could tell me what it is. The word is either Sefender or Defender. Its written in Dragonish looking lettering so the first leter is a dragon picture shaped like an S with the wings comming down from the top closing the bottom curve of the S Perhaps turning it into a D. I was wondering if this sounds like any manufacturer that you've ever heard of. We've taken the Katana apart and it has a double pegged full Tang and what looks to be a non brush non acid or laser etched Hamon running down the front side.
Yes, apparently Chisa Katana are not popular enough to warrant mass production by the major manufacturers. Cold Steel make a good one, and Cheness Cutlery make some very nice Ko-Katana (which are basically the same thing, only a different name) with the cheapest being the Tenchi Ko
for US$189.99 (though for only $30 more it is possible to get a differentially hardened Kaze Ko
- though they are both double your stated budget.
As to the defender Katana, I have heard of them before - but have not heard enough to warrant much further investigation. They are fairly generic from what I hear and not the best value for money swords out there by far. There are many others equally as good, and a handful (such as Cheness, Musashi and Hanwei) that are considerably better.
Still, I try to keep an open mind to new brands. But these guys haven't done anything to make me sit up and take notice.
Hope this helps.