BUK Shingen Katana

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BUK Shingen Katana

Postby Iron Donkey » Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:55 am

Well I got one of these the other day, and I have to say I'm impressed. Sure it's not exactly a high end custom blade, but the Hamon was subtle, but obvious (it's not invisible) and has a wonderful shape to it, and is actually closer to the subtlety you see on a Japense Shinken than on say a Paul Chen. The only problem I have with it, is the Ito, which is an off red and actually seems closer to pink than anything else.

I didn't of course buy it to look at it and took it to some bamboo mats to see how it handled. It's a heavy sword for it's size, and it actually cuts remarkably well. The balance is just right and it went through 2 rolled Tatami Omote mats without any difficulty, or any listing or deformation of the blade. It's a lot lighter than my PPK. The balance point isn't quite where I want it to be though, and I wouldn't call it an excellent martial artists sword, however if you practice some Iaido, and want to do some test cutting with a blade that is going to feel like your Iaito in terms of balance point(ish) and weight, then this is easy to recommend (especially as at 65 pounds you aren't going to be crying about it if you cut badly and deform the blade). I'm extremely pleased with it, though I'm probably going to re-warp the Tsuka with something a little less offensive. Compared to the other swords in this price range that I bought previously there is no comparrison. The Kissaki is great and the Boshi is subtle like the rest of the Hamon, but is apparent if you look on it. Wherever B-UK got these from they did a great job sourcing them. Sure it's probably not going to be as dependable as a Paul Chen Practical, but it's much more traditionally constructed and just feels a lot closer to an iaito.

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Re: BUK Shingen Katana

Postby Big Lazy » Tue Mar 18, 2008 2:47 pm

Glad you like it sir :mrgreen:
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Re: BUK Shingen Katana

Postby John Tarantula » Fri Mar 21, 2008 2:21 am

got one of these as well and agree it is a nice blade for the price! :GGe
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Re: BUK Shingen Katana

Postby John Tarantula » Thu Mar 27, 2008 8:15 pm

does anyone know if you an remove the handle from the Shingen Kat or are the pegs glued in?
(sorry can't remember proper Japanese spellings for words)

got my PPK Elite and actually prefer the Shingen! even the red handle is growing on me :mrgreen:
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Re: BUK Shingen Katana

Postby Iron Donkey » Mon Mar 31, 2008 5:10 pm

I haven't yet tested this and I'm at work at the moment thus away from my Shingen, but from memory the pegs aren't glued in. For the record it doesn't hold a candle to the PPK. The only thing it's got going for it, is that it's lighter than the PPK, but compared to build quality...it's no where near it.
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Re: BUK Shingen Katana

Postby liquidator96 » Wed Feb 08, 2012 6:26 pm

I haven't heard of this one, could you please let me know where you got it, I've looked on the B-Uk site & it eludes me, cheers, Martin. :D

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Re: BUK Shingen Katana

Postby kiri » Sun Dec 29, 2013 12:05 am

Hi,

Bit of a thread resurrection!

I picked up one of these at the time and I remember some threads about how it was made and where it was made etc.

Sadly I can't seem to find those threads :(

Couple of questions if anyone remembers.

1. Where was it made. (Which forge) I know it was somewhere in China.

2. What steel was it made of. I have a vague recollection it might have been 1060 or 1065 but also remember something about the BUK katana being 1095

Here's a pic if it helps!

http://www.blades-uk.com/large_pic.php?product_id=2663

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Re: BUK Shingen Katana

Postby the blade master » Sun Dec 29, 2013 12:28 am

and there was me thinking it was only jesus that could raise the dead :>
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Re: BUK Shingen Katana

Postby liquidator96 » Sun Dec 29, 2013 12:32 pm

Many, Many Lols!

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Re: BUK Shingen Katana

Postby Geordie Ross » Mon Dec 30, 2013 11:27 pm

The hamon looks epic! (Is it clay tempered?) It seems similar to the Fuji katana... Maybe the same manufacturer?
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