Pros: Finish, Usable, Overall Quality, Blade Material, Sheath/Scabbard
IF YOU COULD ONLY HAVE ONE
I've been collecting custom made and factory swords since 1981. Many Styles, many cultures, and blades of many metals, from Copper to Cobalt alloy Stellite 6K, 440c,D2,154CM,ATS34,1095,O1,5160,L6,S7,CPM440V,1085,1045,AUS8A,and various Damascus combinations. Makers such as Steve Schwarzer/Wayne Goddard/Al Pendray/Gil Hibben/Chris Miller Jr/Durrel Carmon Johnson/Alex Collins/Reese Weiland/Clay Gault)etc...Sorry if I left anyone out? My long wind just so you know I have something to judge the Cold Steel product against...The "CHISA" will be "THE ONE" that's not in the gunsafe. I will be using it for cut and kata practice and even yard work! Seriously though this sword is 1/16" thicker compared to all the Japanesse style Cold Steel swords. The blade legnth is less awkward in close quarters. Waki or Tanto it's not, but it has a lot more leverage and serious blocking potential and can be misused and abused with less chance of critical failure against other various weapons&tools that may be just getting in the blades way? The 1055 Carbon steel seems like a pretty good steel for this type of edged weapon? Without naming brands this "CHISA" seems thicker, stronger, more chip and break resistant than anything costing under $800.to $1000.00. I think it was designed to be a "Steroidal Ninja" sword for chopping through hell and back! I have not taken the handle apart yet. When or if it losens up I would put different "take down pins" and or epoxy the handle and varnish or epoxy the wraping like (Phill Hartsfield or Micky Yurco). It should hold up as is except for true intentional extreme abuse. For examples of "Sword Abuse Testing" SAT's ha ha, and results pertaining to type of blade steels that are not selectively hardened call or e-mail me. No Regrets, we have broken alot of blades just to know how tough... Cold Steels Chisa? "We will see" SWORDMARK@ KNIFE CENTER great prices & great service!!!