- Mar 18, 2012
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- Southern California
I couldn’t love a post more. However, one recently done is like $6-8k and the top prize on that show is like $50k, and the trials on that show are crazy tough on the blade. My point is that a master swordsperson or a martial artist trained with a katana probably wouldn’t bring a $60-$200 sword to the table for competition.Genuine Katana making is a whole lot more than just folding steel. They start with iron sands in a bloomery, creating tamhagane, and then break it apart and sort the pieces based on carbon content. The highest carbon pieces go into making the edge while the spine is made from lower carbon pieces. I seriously doubt that anyone would use a genuine Katana for Knife or Death competition. Do you even know how difficult a genuine Katana is to acquire? We'd be talking about something like using an original Shelby Cobra in a demolition derby.
This is what a genuine Japanese Katana is made from:
Here’s a little reference: