Shinto Katana

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Shinto Katana

Postby eagle1 » Tue Oct 16, 2007 6:13 pm

Hi all!

thought I would share a small review and afew pics of this fine sword. :D
i will not go into great detail,as theres already a lot of info around on this sword already.

was very impressed with the p&p.The Shinto comes complete with a fine quality sword bag and cleaning kit.with all you need for maintenance of your sword.The Nishijin bag is a bright orange with little woven golden dragons. :D
ok now on to the sword.

The Saya is very well laquered,The blade is well made and fit and finish is without flaw.Everything fits well even the hilt cotton pattern is well made, tight
and does not shift.this blade has beautiful weight and balance,its a very light sword.over all The Shinto is a sturdy, solidly made weapon.

only downside being :S the polyester type material of the sageo it really does suck for a £400 sword.but anyway I have replaced the sageo with a decent silk item.
and Finally some pics. [img=http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/8753/img3618fn9.th.jpg]
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Postby cybernex » Tue Oct 16, 2007 7:14 pm

Nice, You've made an excellent choice with the shinto as i've been told by professionals that it's one of the best of the Chen forged steel range for tamashigeri cutting, Not that you would use it for that after paying out £400 though.

Anywho congrats on buying such an excellent Katana and don't worry about the sago it can easilly be changed.
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Postby Moon » Tue Oct 16, 2007 7:38 pm

Very nice...the Shinto is a great sword which is often overlooked but is one of the most authentic in appearance of the whole Chen range imho.
Congratz. ;)
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Postby Big Lazy » Tue Oct 16, 2007 8:37 pm

Aye I've always respected the Shinto myself. Excellent choice sir :mrgreen:
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Postby Big Lazy » Tue Oct 16, 2007 8:40 pm

Oh I see you have a Tsunami katana too. Which best dude, the Tsunamai or the Shinto? (and I'm sure you made this choice but the tsuba on your PPK is the wrong way round)
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Postby eagle1 » Tue Oct 16, 2007 10:15 pm

Larnz wrote:Oh I see you have a Tsunami katana too. Which best dude, the Tsunamai or the Shinto? (and I'm sure you made this choice but the tsuba on your PPK is the wrong way round)
well id say the Tsunami and as for the tsuba i know ,after playing around with it.it just looked better that way round :D :D
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Re: Shinto Katana

Postby Loz » Thu Oct 18, 2007 3:36 pm

Must pipe up here and say the shinto is my absolute favourite for kata practice, I've never handled a sword that comes close to the shinto in terms of weight and balance perfection, it's a master stroke with everything exactly the way it should be (well for me at the very least), superb.
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Postby cybernex » Sat Oct 27, 2007 1:39 pm

In the near future, I'm planning on getting my hands on a Chen Shinto Blade in Shirasaya and build myself a custom Katana from the ground up.
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Postby Blackbird » Sat Oct 27, 2007 8:54 pm

You planning on doing all the carving yerself or buying and modding?
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Postby darkhobo » Sun Oct 28, 2007 8:11 am

looks borgeous man.
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Postby cybernex » Sun Oct 28, 2007 5:12 pm

Blackbird wrote:You planning on doing all the carving yerself or buying and modding?



Most of it but i'm probably gonna just sand the saya to the right shape and laquer it, Theres no point wasting a good saya that fits perfectly IMO, But i am going to build a new Tsuka from scratch also do all the koshirae work on it and hopfully get a decent custom katana out of it in the end.

This'll probably be the most challenging thing i'm going to attempt katana-wise but first i'm going to attempt it on a cheaper shirasaya first to make sure its 100% possible for me to do.
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Postby Blackbird » Sun Oct 28, 2007 7:14 pm

Best of luck mate I'm sure yer more than up to the job.
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Postby cybernex » Sun Oct 28, 2007 7:24 pm

Thanx BB, The only things i'm not looking forward to is attaching the Sa'me and all the sanding this project will involve.
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Re: Shinto Katana

Postby tombeck » Sun Apr 18, 2010 11:22 pm

Eagle1 where abouts did you get your sageo? i have found a nice synthetic silk selection, but not found any real silk (in the uk atleast) if you cant post a link due to forum rules, it would be great if you could pm me. Thanks alot and nice photos :) the 3 swords look very nice together!
(and iv realised this is a very old thread, hopefully your still around ;))

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Re: Shinto Katana

Postby the blade master » Sat Apr 24, 2010 5:38 pm

tombek hi
no point replying to a thread thats been dead for three years if you need any bits and pieces call lawrence on the site phone no
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