Cheness 9260 Spring Steel Katana - "Tenchi"Cheness 9260 Spring Steel Katana - "Tenchi"5
IN STOCKThe original 9260 Monotempered Katana. Available with and without bo-hi.
The original flagship of Cheness Cutleries range of super heavy duty 9260 Spring Steel Katana, this classic looking sword with a thick brass "Musashi" double 'C' ring tsuba is a very tough, practical and solidly built piece designed specifically for rigorous and frequent dojo cutting applications.
Available with or without bo-hi (fuller/"blood groove") - the solid bodied blade has a more forward balance (6" from the tsuba) for authority in the cut (as well as a slight claying and secondary heat treatment to increase the edge retention of the edge), while the bo-hi version is 4oz lighter, which when combined with the 5" balance point makes it much faster in the hand.
Whichever version you choose, this incredibly popular sword is one of the strongest traditional blade geometry Katana on the market. Highly recommended (full 5 out of 5 star rating on SBG, click here to read the full review).
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Featured positive reviews:
I have never owned a katana before but have ordered a SBG Custom Katana. While waiting for November to arrive, I figured that I might want a beater sword to practice with. So I bought the Cheness Tenchi 9260 spring steel Katana.
My first impressions on opening the box was the nice box that the sword came in. While no one buys a sword for the box it comes in, it was still a nice touch.
The sword: It was heavier than expected. While it weighs less than 3 lbs, it feels very solid when you swing it. If nothing else, I'm glad that I bought it if just to get used to swinging that weight.
With the exception of the fuchi, all of the fittings are nice and tight. Even the tsuba doesn't move.
The mekugi are driven through the tsuka at angles instead of straight through. I don't know if this is intentional or not. However, they look like they would be a pain in the ass to replace once removed. I'll leave them be.
The ito wrap is nice and tight. The sageo seems to be a little too high up on the saya but again, maybe it's just me. The lacquer on the saya is nice. No visible runs.
The blade: Other reviews warn that the polish job was uneven and so I wasn't surprised when it was. It isn't ugly, just uneven in spots. The kissaki is the worst part of the polishing job but still acceptable.
Cutting performance: This sword is sharp out of the box and is made for cutting. I have sliced and diced gallon water jugs (both full and empty), aspen and pine tree limbs up to about two inches and I just finished slaughtering a spaghetti squash.
I have made some bad cuts including hitting the tree stump that I was cutting on and slicing through a low-hanging tree limb and hitting a rock with the kissaki. The blade has never takes a set and while the edge of the kissaki did roll a bit, I touched it up with a kitchen steel and it's good as new. There are a few minor scratches on the blade that I could probably buff out if I wanted, but I'm not that concerned about them.
The bo-hi makes a nice Tachi Kaze sound.
So my overall impression is that this is a very capable sword. To refer to it as a, "beater" isn't really doing it justice. Are the fittings kind of crude? Honestly, yes. Is the polish on the blade a little rough, again yes. However, for the price that SBG sells them for and for what I received in return, I couldn't be happier.
This is a very solid and capable Katana. I am very pleased.