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    Default Katana Recommendation

    I am trying to buy a good functional katana for iaido and occasional tamashigiri.
    Please give me your recommendation about below mention site. My budget is including shipping $100.
    http://www.ryansword.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by aikirana View Post
    I am trying to buy a good functional katana for iaido and occasional tamashigiri.
    Please give me your recommendation about below mention site. My budget is including shipping $100.
    Your budget is much too low for such an item. There is nothing for under $100 that is useful for either of those purposes.
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    I'll 2nd what Neil wrote. You won't get "good" for under $100. You'll be lucky to get "good" for under $1,000. I would consider saving your money. The stuff on that website isn't worth spending your hard earned money on if you ask me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aikirana View Post
    I am trying to buy a good functional katana for iaido and occasional tamashigiri.
    Ask your sensei for his or her advice. He or she may know of a source in your locale, may be able to get you a good deal on a used sword, or may be able to offer you a loaner while you save up for your own sword.
    Yours in Budo,
    ---Brian---

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    This brings up a interesting issue. All too often I see or know of people buying cheap stuff to use in some real application.

    Are there any links to reccomended suppliers with good stuff for actual application?

    (No, I am not speaking of cutting off heads )
    Richard Scardina

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Scardina View Post
    ...Are there any links to reccomended suppliers with good stuff for actual application?
    http://www.swordstore.com/

    http://sdksupplies.netfirms.com/index.html

    http://www.bugei.com/

    to name but a few.
    Yours in Budo,
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    Learn something new everday. I only knew of 1 site out of the 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aikirana View Post
    I am trying to buy a good functional katana for iaido and occasional tamashigiri.
    Please give me your recommendation about below mention site. My budget is including shipping $100.
    http://www.ryansword.com/
    I guess we have a problem with the wording here as well. A "Katana" is definitely not what you are looking for. Katana (or Shinken) is a real japanese sword made in the traditional manner. You are probably looking for an Iaito. That's all you need in the first few years of Iaido training. But be aware: That's not a "real" sword in the strict sense as Iaito are not sharp and you won't be able to sharpen it as it is a zinc-alluminium alloy.

    A basic Iaito will cost you around 300 USD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryoma View Post
    I guess we have a problem with the wording here as well. A "Katana" is definitely not what you are looking for. Katana (or Shinken) is a real japanese sword made in the traditional manner. You are probably looking for an Iaito.
    I disagree on two counts.

    First, the OP said he wanted to do tameshigiri; an iaito will not do that. (Swordstore's "iaito that cut" are misnamed, and are actually shinken, IMO.)

    Second, "katana" is more a reference to the type of sword and how it is worn, not a reference to place or method of manufacture. "Nihonto" would be more accurate for "a real Japanese sword made in the traditional manner."
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    Quote Originally Posted by aikirana View Post
    I am trying to buy a good functional katana for iaido and occasional tamashigiri.
    Please give me your recommendation about below mention site. My budget is including shipping $100.
    http://www.ryansword.com/
    It doesn't sound like you have an instructor yet. That's the first step, before you start spending money on swords.

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