Masahiro swords have something of a good and bad notoriety. The production line in China that makes them beat them out at such a rate, to the point that the perfection of the blades can be not as good as expected. Some are great some are awful and, which one you get relies upon who your purchasing it from, as it’s basically the merchants obligation to verify that you get a decent one. In our Masahiro sword review we will examine a Masahiro Katana that consolidates the great with the awful, and issues you with some thought of what’s in store from this brand.
These swords can cost as little as £50 so, what may pull you into buying one of these swords: The straightforward beauty of the tsuba, and the fittings that appear to be exceptionally refined and unappreciated by most people.
Masahiro White Shadow Cut Test
You will have an inclination that this sword would be attention-grabbing from a distance, not by it’s flashy looks, but rather by it’s plain, rich excellence. I will say, “you will not be disappointed.” As you draw the edge from its saya, you will realize you will be holding an image of a portion of the best swords made in human history, revamped by advanced smiths. What custom and history you will be holding in your grasp, but in a reproduction structure. You will be exceptionally eager to put this magnificence sword to work.
When handling the sword you will uncover that it’s fast and light, a profound bo-hi runs the length of this straight razor sharp edge. The blade comes sharp, yet you won’t be able to determine how sharp the blade actually is until you put the sword to the test. The wire-brushed Hamon is appealing and even. However, there are a couple of places where it looks uneven, so, it’s not totally accurate. The kissaki is very much fascinating and appealing, going to an extremely sharp point that would be valuable for wounding, (which we would not recommend.) It does not have the unbalanced look of some low-end katana points, and is cleaned with a mirror like finish along with the rest of the blade.
Then again, there may be some scratches on the blade, The most obvious scratches will probably be close to the tsuba, we are not sure why, but they may be there. These scratches don’t influence the cutting or respectability of the blade, yet are still sufficiently apparent that you may want to exhibit this sword in its saya. The Kashira it seems, is made from cast metal or something to that affect, not something that gets you excited.
The tsuka is wood, wrapped with impersonation ray skin. The cotton Ito is genuinely well wrapped and even, no objections there. The diamond patterns are uneven in some places. However, without investigation there is no motivations to see that as being anything other than satisfactory. The mythical beast ornamentation is made from cast metal which I’m sure you will agree is pretty basic. The tsuba is probably the biggest selling point on this katana. It is a better than average looking piece. Made from zinc alloy, the tsuba is of a two tone Cherry Blossom pattern. It may feel somewhat plastic to the touch, yet on closer examination it truly sparkles. You will be truly content with this. The saya is produced using a dark lacquered wood, no scratches, no deformities. Very little else to include there, it looks decent.
Masahiro Cut Test
This sword may feel clumsy during a swing, but after some test moves and a touch of practice, you will have a bit more confidence in the sword. Indeed, even with the bo-hi it may appear to be less stable than you would like it. You will acknowledge that the tang may be somewhat more slender than it would have been in a higher-end katana, but it will still feel decent enough in your hands.
After some four gallon water bottle cut tests in this Masahiro sword review this katana truly left its mark. However, in spite of the fact that they were no tameshigiri mats to practice on, I sense that it would stand its ground against them. The fittings, tsuba and edge were generally as tight as when the test began. However, the blade did have a slight bend, all things considered a fine execution from this low cost katana.
Published Apr 22, 2015