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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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N-Hyuman80 Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
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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Astrocat Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
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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N-Hyuman80 Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
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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xXDemonSoulXx Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
What a beautiful sword! I really want to have one too! :love:
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AdemGraf Featured By Owner 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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Astrocat Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
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 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
what fun is it haveing a sword that is fake?
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Astrocat Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
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 Featured By Owner 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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Astrocat Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
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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AdemGraf Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
no, i have no camera exept the one on my cell phone and its so bad that you cant even see the difference between an animal and a human on it, its amazeing how good these swords are although i prefere european weapons designs
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Astrocat Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
That's a shame but I know what you mean, my phone so old it can barely take pictures and shamefully I have no idea how you get them from the phone to the computer *dunce!*

I love swords and armor, it's so fascinating looking at the different styles through the ages and cultures. One of my friends does the old battle reenactment, I had a go wearing his medieval style full plate armour, it was so hot and heavy and HOT! And I could barely lift the massive two handed broadsword he uses, haha, I think I'll stick to the precision of a Katana than the bludgeoning technique of broadswords XD
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ChaosAurion Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
A very beautiful blade, master it
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Astrocat Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009
Thank you :D
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Tau2007 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
A brillaint piece of craftsmanship there. The Japanese really do know how to make a great sword
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Astrocat Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
Yes, the quality is noticeably better than the Chinese made Paul Chen swords. I'm really pleased with this :D
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WarriorofHeaven Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a very professional-looking sword. Where'd you get it??
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Astrocat Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
I got it from here- [link]
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WarriorofHeaven Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yeah, I love that store! That's an awesome looking sword!
I recommend [link] because their forge makes awesome katanas from Japan.
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SifuLeon Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
is that made of tamahagane? its Shiken right? were you get it from O.o
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Astrocat Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
Its an zinc/ aluminum mix so its a little lighter than my steel Katana. It an Iaito as it's my main practice sword and I've only been doing Iaido for a year so not ready for a shinkin yet. When I start doing cutting practice I'll have to get a cheap shinkin as they get a little scratched up cutting through those mats.

I think a tamahagane sword would be veeeeery expensive so I would be afraid to use it if I could afford one..

I acquired my sword from here- [link]
I don't know what type of steel they make their shinkins out of though.
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dviouslecunning Featured By Owner May 26, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Good looking sword :) I wish i had one but my parents don\'t trust me with any sharp objects :p
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Astrocat Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008
** Yeah, I'm still terrified of the Shinkins!
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Keronu Featured By Owner May 20, 2008
It's really beautiful. Thanks for sharing it with us, the pictures are really nice as well. ^-^
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Astrocat Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008
aww, thanks for the comment :)
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Mirri Featured By Owner May 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Such a beautiful katana! :heart: Looks even better than the one I got for my 18th birthday =3
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Astrocat Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008
yay! Thanks. I don't think i've seen your sword? *curious*
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wolfysilver Featured By Owner May 16, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah beautiful :) I love swords XD Really like the little phoenixes.
Where did you order it from, if you don't mind me asking? :)
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Astrocat Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008
No worries, I ordered it from this site- [link]
They were exteamely good and very helpful there :)
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Lulabys-Melody Featured By Owner May 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh...katana... My brother has one, but its not half as fancy! *-*
Tell me, does it have a blade? My brothers doesnt and the mateal on the area where the blade would go is fragile, so that no one would try to sharpen it (if we tried it would breack!)
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Astrocat Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008
Sure, it has a 2.3 blade. Its a zinc/ aluminum mix so too soft to sharpen but as it's a practice sword I don't need an edge on it ^^
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Lulabys-Melody Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
My brohers has a sharp tip though...he hit mw with it once...thank god I had my glasses on!
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Astrocat Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
^^ what on earth was he doing to hit you with it? XD
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Lulabys-Melody Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Showing off... he came into my room and stared talking about it and swishing it around...next thing I know Ihave a cut on my nose, galles pressed against my face and a katana in the middle of all that. O.O
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Astrocat Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
XD
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AyakoKizukota Featured By Owner May 15, 2008
haha my friend James would be really jealous LOL he collects swords ... actually he's got a large katana of his own..... XD I need him to take a picture of it sometime lol I want a sword now.... hehehe
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Astrocat Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008
It would e good if he did take a picture :)
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AyakoKizukota Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008
yeah I know XD hmm I wonder if he has anything on his myspace....
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Harashi Featured By Owner May 15, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sword? I want sword too!!! xP
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Astrocat Featured By Owner May 28, 2008
*L* -^
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DaggerRavionFall Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is a sexy sword...* plots to steal....XD!*
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Astrocat Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008
Thanks and NUUUUUUUUUU stealing!
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DaggerRavionFall Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I won't steal it. I know better than that.
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skyestarweaver Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
ohmigosh!

I love it! Was it really expensive? Where did you get it ordered from?

I adore swords in general!
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:iconastrocat:
Astrocat Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008
It was about £300 as its a good quality practice sword. Its very well made so should last me many years :)
I ordered it from [link]
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PermaFox Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
Beautiful sword!
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Astrocat Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008
Thanks :)
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TorazTheNomad Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
whoa really sweet, the details are so pretty @___@ *envy envy*
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Astrocat Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008
I'm very pleased with how delicate the decoration turned out :)
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rainsingingdragon Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Student General Artist
Recently, my boyfriend got his own katana. Looks like this is the best month to get a new sword. :D
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