Buying Guide

Buying Guide

Oct 19, 2014

Stainless Steel Blades

Buying Guide: Please understand when purchasing a sword you get what you pay for. Paying for a cheap Ninja sword then expecting it to cut through objects will only lead to disappointment.

Buying Guide: Japanese Tachi Stainless Steel SwordIt would be wrong to say that a cheap Ninja sword would be unable to cut through objects. All swords will more than likely cut through a range of objects with a decent powerful swing. Stainless steel swords can be extremely sharp, but just remember sharpness is not everything! It will be unlikely that a sword made of stainless steel would stay in one piece after a few strikes.

Cheap swords will more than often be made from stainless steel. When a stainless steel sword is made bigger than one foot long the blade will become brittle. Making the sword nothing more than a wall hanger.

Part of the blade that slots into the handle is known as the (tang). Nine times out of ten on stainless steel swords the tang will be welded to the blade. Repeatedly chopping at objects will cause the weld to break. Let’s face it no one wants a sword that will helicopter through the air when swinging at an object. Don’t get me wrong, a stainless steel sword will look outstanding sitting on top of your side cabinet. Nevertheless, a sword made from that kind of material should be used for nothing more than an ornament.

 1045 Carbon Steel Blade

If you cannot resist taking your Ninja-To sword in the back garden to chop at some bamboo canes. Make sure it meets some basic requirements. One being, the sword is made from 1045 carbon steel. A sword made from carbon steel may not be the toughest sword. However, it can be quite tough if well tempered. When a sword is made from carbon steel it should be one complete piece of steel from the tip of the sword to the base of the tang.

Tang (metal part that is hidden underneath the handle). Ensure the sword has a full tang. Full tang means the extension of the blade should be the full-length and width of the handle. A handle that is in two half’s is then placed on either side of the tang then pegged in place.

Ensure the sword has been heat treated. Basically the process of heat treatment will make the sword into a tougher material. (Follow this link for a more in-depth explanation about the heat treatment process). Heat treatment process

If the description does not state the sword was heat treated then chances are, it probably has not. Swords made from carbon steel are not anywhere as excellent as authentic made swords. However, they are a great deal safer than the stainless steel version.

Authentic Swords

For thousands of years Japanese sword smiths have been using the same technique to manufacture one of the highly attractive and fascinating blades anywhere in the world. They are made with pocket sized pieces of high quality steel which are forge welded together.

Buying Guide: Thaitsuk Furui Shishi Katana Folded SteelThe steel is then hammered and folded repeatedly, this method creates thousands and thousands of layers of steel. Each time the steel is folded the layers are doubled. In Japan this kind of sword is known as a hada. A blade on this kind of sword will have what, is known as a hamon.

Hamon is the pattern on the blade, this pattern is created after the hardening process takes place. When looking at the sword the hamon will look like a wavy line down the blade. This line separates the hardened part of the ha (blade edge) and the softer steel at the back of the mune (blade spine). These blades are known as have been deferentially hardened. Manufacturing a blade in this way creates a harder blade than the spine 

Do not be fooled by a hamon pattern when purchasing a sword as the hamon pattern can be faked. Manufactures fake this pattern by using a technique called acid etching, if in doubt ask. They are roomers of these blades being able to cut through the barrel of a rifle. However, there’s no known proof of such a claim.