Ryujin 1045 Carbon Steel Ninjato Art Sword
"Art Should Hurt"
Monotempered 1045 Carbon Steel Blade with highly artistic fittings. Great as a display piece and light to medium backyard cutting (fully tempered blade).
ART SHOULD HURT
All too often the more ornate and affordable Katana designs out there are let down by stainless steel (read: purely decorative) blades. But these are no mere ornaments..
While all the Katana swords in the Ryujin Art Sword series are primarily designed for display purposes - the 1045 carbon steel blades are well tempered and surprisingly strong (a well tempered 1045 carbon steel blade like this one is only slightly less durable than a 1060 carbon steel blade) so that the end result is a true piece of sword art. Something that isn't just 'bark' - but actually has some serious 'bite' to it if ever needed (after all, a purely decorative sword just doesn't have the same presence as a live blade, and the first question anyone who spies a decorative sword will ask 'is it real?'..)
And this blade has some extra features; weighing only 2.3lbs with bo-hi it's a fast, nimble blade in its own right despite being a few inches longer than most blades of this style - and is decorated with a lightly etched Dragon Horimono (traditional sword blade engraving) near the base.
Apart from your typical square tsuba (supposedly so it was easy to stand on if the sheathed sword is placed against a wall and used to get up higher) the most prominent feature of this blade is the faux leather wrapped handle over genuine rayskin, it's comfortable in the hand and provides a tight grip even in the most grim circumstances..
All in all, it's just a great looking piece - and is functional enough for some good old fashioned light backyard cutting (water filled bottles, soft wood saplings, light bamboo, etc) in fact a well tempered 1045 carbon steel blade is often passed off as 1060, 9260 or whatever is the 'super steel' of the month because it's stronger than you might think. If you weren't told they were mass produced, it could be all to easy for unscrupulous sellers to present these swords to you at considerably higher prices (we have seen the exact same swords for sale on Amazon for $125 plus shipping - most charge $100 or more!).
Great value no matter which way you look at it - sword art priced so that ANYONE can afford it.
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Featured positive reviews:
Granted it's my first sword ever, making my experience minimal, I was very impressed with the FEEL of this blade when it came in the mail. I'm sure you can cut lightly with it (came quite sharp) but I think it's best uses are probably for Kata and display.. Maybe even stealth oriented combat... Obviously not a lengthy sword fight or reckless continuous hacking.
I've swung it relatively fast outside, shook it slightly too although nobody should abuse their swords. No rattle. It is completely straight. Very decorative while remaining a somewhat basic plain design which I think is important, to feel authentic. Not a fan of fancy unnecessary features.
The company was very prompt/friendly in helping me track my order and it even came a day early. It's a little longer and heavier than I initially expected but that saves me the trouble of buying two. For it's price I think it was WELL worth it. Thanks Sword Buyers! I'm glad I didn't have to spend $200 or so, was happy to give them my business.