Ryujin 1045 Carbon Steel Ninjato Art SwordRyujin 1045 Carbon Steel Ninjato Art Sword1
"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
The basic philosophy behind the Ryujin Art Sword Line is to take the best examples of one most often misrepresented steels on the sword market, 1045 Carbon Steel and deck it out with fittings to make it really stand out - functional sword art that ANYONE can afford.
The blade of this sword is monotempered 1045 carbon steel, sharpened and with a faux hamon. Full tang, properly tempered and heat treated and quite functional - while it's decent length of steel, it is not the blade that is the focus of this piece, but rather the unique and extremely attractive fittings balancing it between functionality and aesthetics.
It certainly can be used for kata or cutting practice. 1045 carbon steel blades are often passed off as higher grade steels if well tempered like these swords are - and weighing only 2.3lbs with bo-hi it's a fast, nimble blade in its own right despite having a longer blade (27.75") than most blades of this style - and is decorated with a faux hamon temper line and a lightly etched, machined Dragon Horimomo 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.