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Maple Sword by Astrocat Maple Sword by Astrocat
Squeeeee! Finally my Iaito has arrived! It's a custom katana made in Japan for me and I ordered it back in January so been dying to get it ^^
It has a 2.3 un-edged aluminum/ zinc blade with a nice deep Hi so I can make her swoooosh to my hearts content XD It also has a smaller Tsuka than the general generic pre-made sword so it fits my tiddly hands really well.
The Tsuba, Fuchi and Kashira are all decorated with maple leaves and the Menuki are a cute pair of Chinese Phoenixes.
Can't wait to take it to Iaido practice next week :)

If anyone need a reference shot of a samurai sword/ katana from a certain angle let me know and I'll see about rigging up some ref/ stock photos for you :)
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:iconn-hyuman80:
a question or 2...


Where did you order it?
How customizable are they?
About how much did this one cost?
About how much would one that's carbon steel cost?
Where does it ship out of?


okay, more than 2, but a reply would be greatly appreciated ^^
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:iconastrocat:
sure, no problem. I ordered from the Sword Store- [link]

If you look through the site, it'll answer the rest of the questions on customisation and costs. They've changed it a bit since I bought from them ^^

They're an US agent for the Japanese maker so you shouldn't have any problem being the US yourself ^^

This sword I got from there is fantastic quality and I still love it so would definitely recommend the maker. It took a bit longer than the estimated time but was worth the wait :)
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:iconn-hyuman80:
Thanks so very much!!!

I'm exploring the site now and drooling over all the stuff...


Though,I think I'd rather go for one that's more ME than going with a theme, you know?
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:iconxxdemonsoulxx:
What a beautiful sword! I really want to have one too! :love:
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AdemGraf Jan 26, 2010
a blade of zink and alluminium sinces odd for katana as i remembered a katana should only be made from steel
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:iconastrocat:
If it's a Shinkin (live blade) it has to be steel as zinc/aluminum is too soft to put a sharp edge. But for a practice blade either metal is fine, the zinc/aluminum mix has the advantage of being lighter but the disadvantage of not being as hard wearing as a steel blade :)
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AdemGraf Jan 26, 2010
what fun is it haveing a sword that is fake?
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:iconastrocat:
it's not fake, it's just blunt. You don't normally use a Shinkin until you're second dan or above or doing Tameshigiri (cutting practice).

In my club your not allowed to use a Shinkin if you're below first dan for the safety of yourself and everyone else, plus insurance reasons. And as I'm still making a few mistakes as i'm learning I'd rather not cut my fingers off, now that wouldn't fun! XD
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AdemGraf Jan 27, 2010
if you want to use a blunt blade you should buy one of real carbon steel so that you can feel the real weight of a sword you can find real weapons aswell at

[link] these swords can cut a man in half ive tried on a dead cow, its like cutting butter
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I do have another sword that has a steel blade and the weight difference isn't that much. To get a custom made steel iaito would have cost me double so couldn't afford one and it wasn't really necessary. It really doesn't matter on an Iaito whether its steel or zinc/aluminum.

I actually really don't like the steel one i've got, it was a paul chen pre-made one and feels clunky, particularly the Tsuka. I lend it to beginers as I don't mind if it gets trashed ^^

This one pictured was made by the same Japanese people who make steel shinkin and folded steel shinkin and you can really see/ feel the quality of craftsmanship. Plus they fitted the Tsuka to the size of my hand so it's nice and easy for me to grip. Even a year on I still love this sword, I can't see me ever getting another Iaito while this is in working condition :)

heehheh, we only cut rolled up mats, can't see our Sensei bringing in a dead cow for us to practice on! Yeah, Shinkins are kinda scary in their ability to cut.

Do you have any pictures of the sword you're practicing with?
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