What's the best quality and most affordable katana that I can buy?
I wanna buy a real quality katana. Any recommended types? And what's the price range like on a quality katana?
- 3 years agoFavorite Answer
For something that is a decent reproduction with some real cutting ability you are looking in the $2,000-$3,000 range. Otherwise what you will see and find are cheap, reproductions that can't hold an edge, are difficult to sharpen or in some cases can not be sharpened at all or "polished" which is actually the correct term for Japanese swords and keeping an edge on them. Authentic swords you are talking $5,000 or more and I have a friend that collects and has several authentic swords who is a recognized expert in Iaido. The last sword he bought which was an authentic, registered, and catalogued sword in Japan he paid just over $26,000 and that was back in 1995.
The swords you see for one to two hundred dollars won't hold an edge, some can't even be sharpened, and can even be dangerous to wield because they break when cutting into something. They are fine for hanging on a wall or for doing kata but they are not a quality sword in most other sense of the word and are just cold metal, stamped out reproductions rather than foraged metal.
- EdwardLv 63 years ago
They cannot be exported from Japan. You are looking at tens of thousands of US Dollars.
- BonLv 63 years ago
Define what you mean by "real" and "quality". Do you mean made in Japan by a bonafide swordsmith or a sword made to look like a katana by anyone including made in China? And by "quality", in what respect - good enough for cutting boxes and messing around, good for practicing your kata, good for hanging on your wall?
A katana made in Japan by a real Japanese swordsmith will run over $4000 and that is considered a bargain. You can buy a Japanese style sword from places such as Cold Steel which will cost considerably less between $300 to $600 but made in various places including China, India, US and even South Africa.
- MardukLv 73 years ago
500 - 1000 bucks. Go to Kennesaw and get a knock off, they work.