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Lazarus
9th February 2001, 00:54
Fellow Iaidoka,
I am currently considering making the investment in a new Iaito and I was shopping around the net when I found http://www.swordstore.com. Their price ranges are definitly attractive but I would also see that as a reason to question the quality of the blade. I was just dropping this post here to ask if anyone has ever owned or used a Nosyuiaido blade and if so, what was the quality and/or your opinion of the product. Another thing that made me question blade quality was the fact that they list it to be made of zinc-aluminum, I was sure how sturdy these blades would be, aluminum and zinc are, to my understandings, rather soft metals.
If you know of any over distributor that makes a quality iaito in the range of $300-$600, please let me know.

Thank you,
Lazarus Miller

[Edited by Lazarus on 02-08-2001 at 07:26 PM]

Joseph Svinth
9th February 2001, 10:01
Guy Power swears by that brand. See his review, "Iaito that Cut," at http://ejmas.com/ejmasreviews.htm#IaitoWhichCut .

General information:
Nihonto FAQ: http://www.ii.uib.no/~kjartan/swordfaq/section15.html

ALLOY; not for use in cutting

$350-$750
Aoi Sword Shop: http://japanesesword.net/iaito/index.html
Tozando: http://www.tozando.com/eng/iaido/index.html

STEEL; if used carefully, can be used for cutting

$250-$750:

Alex Oster
http://homestead.juno.com/osterberg
C.A.S. Iberia: http://www.swordforum.com/swords/nihonto/manchurian-candidates.html
Fujiwara: http://sdksupplies.netfirms.com/cat_iaito.htm
Kris Cutlery: http://www.swordforum.com/swords/kriscutlery/kc-katana.html

Around $1000
Bugei (Chen swords): http://www.swordforum.com/swords/nihonto/manchurian-candidates.html ; see also http://www.bladeforums.com/ubb/Forum32/HTML/001245.html

Around $1500
Dotanuki Shinken: http://sdksupplies.netfirms.com/cat_shinken.htm
Nosyuiaido:
http://ejmas.com/ejmasreviews.htm#IaitoWhichCut

Over $2000
Reputable North American custom makers
Tozando Shinsakuto: http://www.tozando.com/eng/iaido/index.html

Over $6000
Reputable Japanese custom makers

Additional vendor links
http://adrr.com/sword/vendors.htm


[Edited by Joseph Svinth on 02-09-2001 at 04:15 AM]