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Best value for money functional katanas available in the UK

Postby vjanda » Sun Apr 27, 2014 10:48 am

Hi folks,
I have a couple of questions.

1) What is the best value katana up to £300 from the Hanwei, Ronin and Cheness range?
I'm considering the Ronin Dojo Pro, Cheness Tenchi and Hanwei Practical Plus Elite.

2) Is there a half decent Koto katana that will stand up to heavy cutting or any other katana up to the £200 price mark?

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Re: Best value for money functional katanas available in the

Postby Lone Wolf » Sun Apr 27, 2014 2:47 pm

Did you ask this same question with the same options last year on an American forum or is this deja vu just a coincidence :|

because someone from the uk did post this exact list of options and was told, get the ppk. :S

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Postby Big Lazy » Sun Apr 27, 2014 4:03 pm

Yup PPK all the way
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Postby vjanda » Sun Apr 27, 2014 8:04 pm

Nope, don't think I did ever ask anything similar before...

So the Hanwei PPK beats the Cheness and Ronin then.
I see the PPK is around £275 in the UK and the Practical Plus Elite less than 20 quid more.
If the reviews on the swords buyers guide site are to be trusted then perhaps the extra few quid are worth spending for the upgrade?

Many thanks for all the replies and advice btw :mrgreen:

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Re: Best value for money functional katanas available in the

Postby Big Lazy » Mon Apr 28, 2014 3:30 am

From experience just go with the PPK.
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Postby vjanda » Mon Apr 28, 2014 1:34 pm

What about the fake leather ito on the PPK?
Is the cotton one on the elite not far better?

Damn, I keep looking at the Ronin Dojo Pro again and again :|

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Postby Moon » Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:50 pm

vjanda wrote:Damn, I keep looking at the Ronin Dojo Pro again and again :|

Buy it then!
It's my experience on this and other forums that no matter what advice is given, a potential purchaser will get what they think is the best anyway and as you don't appear to have had any formal training in Iaido/Iaijutsu/Kenjutsu along with the art of tameshigiri, you wouldn't notice a difference if you bought half a dozen katana, as 'Mellony' has rightly stated in another thread.
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Postby Big Lazy » Mon Apr 28, 2014 6:17 pm

The PPK has a cotton ito
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Postby Lone Wolf » Mon Apr 28, 2014 7:43 pm

You've clearly been reading up on them, you have created a shortlist of ones you know are not going to break, you have asked several times and been answered several times by people.

as moon says just buy what you want we all know you are going to anyway.

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Re: Best value for money functional katanas available in the

Postby Moon » Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:50 pm

Just for the record, Marc Kaden Ridgeway, the 'Super Moderator' who does many reviews on SBG forum these days has his own site selling the Ronin range of katana so he's hardly likely to ever post anything but great stuff about the swords that he sells, is he? :|
Same goes for other US retailers who use that forum as a platform to promote the swords that they sell, so don't think for one minute that you're getting a totally unbiased review every time you read one there - and that my friends is one of the reasons why some of my posts get deleted, the truth doesn't sit well with some people. ;)
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Postby vjanda » Tue Apr 29, 2014 11:14 pm

Yes I am certain his views on the Ronin katanas aren't entirely objective as he sells them. Min you he sells Hanweis too.
What caugh my eye was the half dozen or so youtube clips that showed the katanas put through some brutal abuse and survive without any damage.
I found a place in the UK that stocks bogh the Ronin and Cheness range, that's why I asked if anyone had any experience with them.

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Re: Best value for money functional katanas available in the

Postby Big Lazy » Wed Apr 30, 2014 4:25 am

I've seen them in person and none of them compare to the PPK. I should add that I've never cut anything with my swords as I'm trained to do so, and I do not wish to damage any of my swords either.
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Re: Best value for money functional katanas available in the

Postby vjanda » Wed Apr 30, 2014 11:53 am

To be fair to him he states that he wouldn't buy it based on looks. I'm after a beater that will take abuse and imperfect technique. Won't be a display piece.

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Re: Best value for money functional katanas available in the

Postby Big Lazy » Wed Apr 30, 2014 2:42 pm

I dont recommend you buy a katana then.
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Re: Best value for money functional katanas available in the

Postby vjanda » Wed Apr 30, 2014 2:58 pm

Easier said then done :mrgreen:
I collect and use knives and blades of all shapes and sizes for both hunting/skinning and fun.
I'm missing a katana in the arsenal.


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