Cheness 9260 Spring Steel O-KatanaCheness 9260 Spring Steel O-Katana7
Massive 33" Blade, surprisingly agile blade. Available with Blue or Brown Ito Wrap.
With a massive 33" long blade made from the extra durable 9260 Spring Steel that Cheness Cutleries has become famous for, the aptly named O-Katana ('Greatsword') is a monster of a sword - without a corresponding monsterous price tag!
Lightened by a bo-hi (fuller/blood groove) down to a surprising 2lbs 7oz (3lbs 7oz with saya/scabbard), and superbly balanced, the additional 5" of blade give this sword an awe inspiring presence, not to mention one of the loudest Tachi Kaze (lit. 'Sword Wind Sound') of any Katana on the market, it's extra long blade allows it to generate frighteningly effective leveraged cutting power.
Especially at home in the hands of someone over 6' 3", it is also great for anyone who simply loves an especially long blade (though people of average height, such as myself, should use extra caution when wielding this sword as the tip of the sword touches the ground in a natural standing position).
Exceptional value for money and a sword that pictures simply cannot do justice to. You really do need to see one of these first hand to appreciate just how much sword it is...
For more information, pics and to see some test cutting results, check out the full review of the O-Katana here on SBG.
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Featured positive reviews:
To be honest this is my first "O-Katana" so I don't have a TON of first hand experience, however, I did a lot of digging and research before I even decided on the Cheness O-Katana. Suffice it to say, I am NOT disappointed! From tip to top this sword ignores all the frippery associated with the "mythological" Samurai sword of the past and the present. It is beyond battle-ready and I even (carefully is an understatement) gripped the blade, wrapped covering the Ha, and bent the blade at a severe angle using my knee only to have it return to its true form/angle seconds later.
I have several 5160 steel swords, who's brand names shall remain incognito, and even though they have been proven strong enough to take on hardcore cutting targets, the Cheness O-Kat leaves NO doubt that if an "off" angle or the cutting stand itself is struck the Cheness will take the hit and keep on ticking! TRULY quality swordsmithing at its finest.
Keep em' coming Cheness, and a billion thanks to Paul Southren and SBG for pointing me in the right direction. Without you, all us sword collectors would be lost adrift at sea (or online).
Featured negative reviews:
I purchased this sword because my iaido master said I should get a longer sword for my size. I'm 6'3" and the musashi sword 2lb 5 oz that I was practicing with seemed short 28"? . The hanwei elite xl light 2lb 8oz, that I have was doing the job, (tachi kaze, wider and sharper blade, length, etc.) but it's a wide sword and re-entry needed to be adjusted a little. After playing with my 2 other practitioners' Tenchi, and reading the review of this sword's description, I thought this was just a longer and louder version. I was excited up until I unsheath the sword.
It came in a nice decorative box (cracked) but nonetheless nice box. The sword looks awesome from exterior point of view. (Got the brown). It felt heavy but I thought I can handle the weight. I drew the sword and it was definitely front heavy and long. I was barely able to draw with full arm extension. But I still thought as long as I practice more, I may get used to it. The issue came when I was trying to slice, seeing. I could barely make out tachi kaze. At first I thought it was me not used to the sword. I swung and swung, but barely audible tachi kaze. I was worried so I took it to my practice and let my master try and let another practioner try. Neither one of them could make the noise. And did that it is way too front heavy. This sword was made to be a hacker as in nearly swinging like a bat. The site stated that it's 2lb 7oz and 3lb 9oz with saya. I think it's 3lb 9 oz like the cheness website states. Most sites quote the weight of the sword. This was in no way lighter than my hanwei, which was already about an oz or two heavier than the tenchi.
I've since contacted SBG on day one and they in prices of exchanging it for another that would fit my needs for my class.