Which type of sword is best for you? There is no simple answer to this question, and there are actually several factors that you should keep in mind when you want to buy a sword. In this article I will share with you the most important things to consider when you are planning to buy a sword.

Are you interested in an Eastern or Western sword? Like many sword buyers, you probably want to know what the main differences are so that you can make the right decision! Japanese or Samurai-style swords are usually recognized by their single-edged blade with a slight curve. tensa zangetsu swords tend to have blades that are straighter and can be either single or double edged. If you buy a sword with a double-edge, it will give you a lot of added cutting and thrusting power.

When shopping to buy a sword, remember that Japanese hand guards are typically round with a decorative design on the inside, eastern hand guards are straight more often than not. Each guard style has its advantages and disadvantages when it comes to protecting yourself against different types of cuts and stabs.

Samurai swords are traditionally made with folded steel called “honsanmai” which means three layers in Japanese. This type of steel is very expensive to produce and it is becoming rare to see very many swords made from such a high grade of steel. When you buy a sword, it will become apparent that many sword makers (east and west) have turned to using a single piece of medium to high carbon steel, which is very good in terms of edge retention and overall strength.

Before you buy a sword you should consider the length and weight, especially if you plan to use it for live cutting tests or practice strokes.


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