Anybody ever heard of Watanabe Katanas?

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Re: Anybody ever heard of Watanabe Katanas?

Postby Mellony » Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:45 pm

I've never heard of the brand sorry, but posting links to other retailers is against the forum rules!
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Re: Anybody ever heard of Watanabe Katanas?

Postby Moon » Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:58 pm

Looks like somebody is trying to cash in on the name of Korehira Watanabe who is one of the better known modern Japanese smiths.
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Re: Anybody ever heard of Watanabe Katanas?

Postby the blade master » Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:05 am

well for one theres the folded dragon on page 20 at £135 i belive was was £199 i think
then theres the deluxe folded katana with the purple ito on page 19 the tachi on page 19 the bronze katana
in fact most of the katanas on page 19 at £145 are all equally as good it just depends on what takes your fancy
theres a couple of us here including geordie and myself have these on 19 and can vouch for the quallity of
these katanas especially the tachi in fact geordie sold his soul to get his you ask him lols
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Re: Anybody ever heard of Watanabe Katanas?

Postby Geordie Ross » Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:11 am

The truly exceptional koto katana is the buffalo folded katana, its soshu kitae laminated steel, a really fancy forging and folding process, its a little higher than £400 but worth every penny in quality.
As blademaster said the folded tachi and folded dragon katana are value for money.
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Re: Anybody ever heard of Watanabe Katanas?

Postby the blade master » Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:24 am

yes the buffallo is worth the money he he sorry geordie :D
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Re: Anybody ever heard of Watanabe Katanas?

Postby Geordie Ross » Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:48 am

Lol I'd sell my soul twice for another blade like the buffalo :twisted:
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Re: Anybody ever heard of Watanabe Katanas?

Postby Geordie Ross » Tue Feb 05, 2013 6:16 pm

Lol, its bound to bend when you swing it like a baseball bat, he got a maru unfolded steel, 1045 high carbon, made from a billet of steel, the soshu kitae lamination on the buffalo isn't going to do that, what did he really expect from a sword that costs £65? Lol
The buffalo is different due to its forging process, its made from 7 different layers of steel with a mixture of 3 different steel grades, think of it like soft core, hard edge, and a medium steel in between, its also been clay tempered/hardened and polished to a glassy finish.
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Re: Anybody ever heard of Watanabe Katanas?

Postby the blade master » Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:10 pm

also smacking it sideways on against the wooden bench aint going to do it a lot of good either :roll:
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Re: Anybody ever heard of Watanabe Katanas?

Postby Serious666 » Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:06 pm

I can totally recommend the folded tachi Geordie and blademaster are talking about. Its a great looking sword and mine always get comments when people see it hanging in my front room. :D
Not sure about how it cuts though, I've never used it.

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Re: Anybody ever heard of Watanabe Katanas?

Postby the blade master » Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:45 pm

serious
im sure it would pass any normal cutting tests thats for sure
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Re: Anybody ever heard of Watanabe Katanas?

Postby Serious666 » Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:33 pm

Oh I'm sure it would I was just saying I haven't done any cutting with mine, the missus won't let me. :cry:
She may have a point though as I don't have a private garden just a shared one for my block flats

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Re: Anybody ever heard of Watanabe Katanas?

Postby Geordie Ross » Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:58 pm

You can cut a cucumber with a playing card depending on your skill, what's the old saying go like? A fool with a sword can only hurt themselves.
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Re: Anybody ever heard of Watanabe Katanas?

Postby Moon » Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:32 pm

Ken' Watanabe played the part of Moritsugu Katsumoto in The Last Samurai...just a useless bit of info'. :mrgreen:
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Re: Anybody ever heard of Watanabe Katanas?

Postby liquidator96 » Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:42 pm

I actually think that his £70 Koto performed well for the price, he should have perhaps practiced his cutting on smaller/softer targets first, but it didn't break & the set was almost unnoticeable, :D

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Re: Anybody ever heard of Watanabe Katanas?

Postby Geordie Ross » Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:23 am

Lol wow I didn't know that, isn't he like the tribal leader that dies by his own sword at the end?
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