Which Chinese Jian to get?
QUESTION: I have to tell you first that your site is awesome! You really got me looking at the "Cold Steel Gim" but I also like the Paul Chen "Qi Jian".
I know that you really know your swords and you almost sold me on going Japanese but I must admit I am a Tai Chi freak so I want to stick with what best suits my style.
I want an indestructable razor essentially. I saw your tests on the Gim and I was blown away (other than the handle coming loose) but the solid construction of the Qi Jian seems to solve that problem. Man I just don't know what to do? Both swords turn me on... are you familiar with the Qi Jian by Paul Chen? I'm only buying one sword so I want it to be the last one. Please give me any feedback you can... not generic though (what ever I like kinda' thing) I read on your forum that some guy had to get his Qi Jian sharpened and they wrecked the sword... I really want a razor.... Qi Jian vs. Gim.... can't make up my mind? Please give me a push.
ANSWER: Lol, ahh the old 'not sure which one is calling me' dilema, I know it well...
Of course, the simple solution is to buy them both! ;-)
But of course, you said you are looking for 'the one', the best bang for the buck deal is the Gim - and it fits your description of an 'indestructible razor' down to a T...
A truly beautiful sword, and unlike the Qi Jian (which does have problems with the sharpness) - it is one of the sharpest and meanest swords I have ever had the pleasure of handling...
There is no contest in my mind.. And it really does look even more beautiful than in my review, pics cannot do this sword justice (the loosening of the handle only occured on some severe impact tests that would challenge ANY sword, and the fact that you can tighten it and dissasemble is actually a bonus for a 'working sword', not truly a serious issue at all).
Hope this helps! Let me know how you go..!