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19 3/4" full-tang, 1060 high carbon steel bladeSolid brass hand guard and accentsParacord lanyard and matching scabbard wrapSmooth lined storage bag included30 3/8" overall length
This tactical Honshu Wakizashi sword from United Cutlery is one powerful cutting machine. The razor-sharp, 1060 high-carbon steel blade will slice through almost anything and holds an edge like no other. The full-tang blade extends the entire width of the sword from tip to handle base allowing for ultra powerful slashing and chopping. It's not only great for sword collectors, but also makes one heck of a secondary weapon for soldiers in combat.
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Scabbard was split about 6" found it to be made by injection molding and very, very thin. I had some fiber glass left over from another project and fixed it. blade not to sharp, takes about an hour to hour and A half on black Arkansas stone to get it right. for the price still A good deal if you have A small work area at home to do some tweking.
I just received, unpacked and cleaned my new Honshu Tactical Wakisashi and am VERY PLEASED. I have purchased ALL of my throwing knives and axes from BudK and have never been disappointed. In fact, BudK did a V-BLOG video episode featuring my You-Tube channel = Gunny HiWay and my knife throwing skills and room. Now on to the review... 1) The sword is SHARP. 2) The sword is in perfect condition. No nicks, scratches or scuffs on either the blade(Shinogi) or the scabbard(Saya). 3) All of the fittings are tight and well fitted. 4) The Saya fits the sword perfectly. SNUG and SECURE, but not too tight. 5) The Cord Wrap(Sageo) is well done,useful and handsome. In conclusion, My Honshu Tactical Wakizashi reflects NONE of the problems posted in these comments, and has ALL of the POSITIVES! I would absolutely recommend this sword and BudK to sell and ship it to you. Carry On, Gunny HiWay Seattle, USA
Got this little sword for my Birthday, my wife's good to me! When I got it it was sharp but, not sharp enough for me! When I was finished, I smiled and shaved the hair off my arm! I make my own swords, axes and, knives. I test my new blades on one inch diameter fresh spruce limbs, this being a good analog for a human forearm. The new sword cut through in one swing. Test passed!
I just got two of these wakizashi and overall i'm very happy. I had seen reviews where the handle was uncomfortable but I don't feel that. I like the brass fittings and paracord wrap very much. Holding two you feel very dangerous but i'd also like to note that due to their length be careful if you are familiar with handling a full size katana cause while I was warming up I noticed the tips came very close in an unfamiliar way to various parts of my body. One of waks I got was slightly bent but fixed easy. Sharpness is decent but not the best I've seen. These are extremely light, most of the weight is in the handle where you will see the very thick stock full tang. After cutting and practicing for a while I came to the conclusion that although I love the style and length a lot, the blade is so light that I wish there was a model without a bo-hi. They are already light enough and i'd prefer the extra meat in the blade for cutting power. Although I like the simple look of the small brass tsuba it is little more than a bayonette style guard and at least in my opinion, hardly functional or helpful for martial factors. I was taught to draw my sword by pushing the sword out with my thumb on the tsuba, however, because the guard extends vertically in line with the blade it is very dangerous to do that with these. I would suggest just pulling the sword out of the saya by pulling the two apart a hand on each. In the end I don't regret getting these two, I do believe there are better wakazashi out there for the price and I feel like they are getting that high price with the "tactical" marketing. I could be wrong but I feel like the paracord and plastic handle scales and plastic saya material would reduce cost overall but apparently not.
I doubt it is a true full tang sword. We all know that katana tsuba and habaki are assembled from the handle side of the blade, because the blade side is larger than the holes on tsuba and habaki. On the video we can clearly see that the handle is even larger than the blade side. Then how the tsuba and habaki are assembled if this is a full tang???ï»¿
Disappointed. Not as good as I thought it would be. It definitely needs some sharpening and there is literally no grip on the handle. A modern take on a wakizashi is a big no.
i actually removed the green paracord on the scabbard and the handle to give it that black n gold look, i also tied some blak wrap on the handle to give it a more traditional look. This sword is a real joy to have.
I was pleasantly surprised when I received this sword. I have purchased united cutlery products before, and 1 have never regretted it. This is definitely not your common "wall hanger" grade sword. I have wanted to purchase (or build)a wakizashi for some time now, but I didn't really want the traditional pinned-on type handle. It seems that it doesn't matter how high the quality of the sword, the pinned-on, hand wrapped traditional Japanese style handle always seems to loosen up and starts to rattle. This thing is very well made.....the fit and finish are quite impressive. The scabbard is pretty tight upon arrival, but with a little work, it loosens to the point that drawing the sword is easy, but it is still tight enough to retain the blade quite effectively. The box says "razor sharp".... I don't mean to "split hairs"...lol, but mine would not shave when I received it. However, the edge is incredibly keen. If you were so inclined, you would have absolutely no problem severing the limb of your choice with this sword. It is well balanced.....the blade is approximately 2/3 of the total length of the sword, while the handle is about 1/3 of the total length. This makes a strong 2 handed grip a breeze, and makes the sword easily controllable. The full tang construction means that there are no weak points in the construction of the blade. It is solid blade from the scary-sharp point to the butt end of the grip. The steel has plenty of flex to absorb whatever shock you might deliver to it, and the shape, edge, and finish are superb. I fully intend to buy the whole set.(katana, wakizashi, and tanto. I am considering dressing them up by removing the plastic grips and replacing them with exotic wood handles for presentation purposes. (maybe birds eye maple or cocobolo.) But the sword is fantastic straight out of the box. I whole-heartedly recommend this sword and, in fact, any United Cutlery product. Their quality is unsurpassed in my view.
Bought a damascus. Great on the wall. But this sword! "WOW". I would like very much to have the Katana also.The warriors of late Japan, would like the set. Has good flexing spring carbon steel and the edge, sharp and stays sharp. Now I can hang this 19 3/4" blade up for desplay and know its real, not fake. Thanks Buddy K
This Wakizashi sword came as advertised, very sharp and very eye appealing! I did find the scabbard to be a little awkward at re-sheathing! But Honestly I don't plan on leaving in the holster much!! 8 ) Cant wait to try it out on some un-expecting melons!
The wakizashi is great. Feels good in the hand and the excellent balance makes it easy to swing. However the fit of the sheath is terrible. If I turn it upside down the sword slides out. When I wear it, any activity beyond walking will cause it to shake loose and creep out. Not very useful if it can't be carried due to constantly falling out of the sheath.
This thing is awesome.
I just received this sword in the mail today and i am very satisfied with it. I am an enthusiast of traditional Japanese swords, but i have to say that i do like the modern take on it. The only problems I have with it is that the hand guard looks gold in the picture but is more of a bronze in real life, also the metal band on the scabbard that the rope is wrapped around is a little loose, but that's not really a big deal. overall i love this sword
I am very pleased with this blade. It's light weight and very sharp. I would have no problem carrying this thing for long periods of time which is it's intended purpose. I did have a bit of an issue with the lanyard slapping my arms whenever I did practice swings but it was easily taken care of. Oh and the scabbard houses the sword perfectly. It won't slip on you at all unless you actually want to draw it. Over all it's very good. I give it a 5/5. Thank you for the great item TrueSwords. ^_^
As a Kenpo Karste Instructor/practitioner for over 36 years, I am more than pleased to heve purchased this fine balanced blade. Right out of the box and once in my hands,it inspired deep inside of me a feeling of a mature power the ancient Samurai felt when they went into battle with blades like this.I am giving myself two years of constant practice with this, my friend until I move up to a full Katana. Don't hold off, buy one and then feel how it becomes one with your cutting arm.
I love it, total machine! I just wish they made a Katana version of this too!
This thing is great. As always budk delivered with 3 day shipping and this, along with my new United Black Rurousha Katana, were in perfect condition. Honshu always delivers and this wakizashi is no exception. It is a heavy, sharp, full tang beast that is much better suited to indoor and close quarters than the massive katana. Wait till a good 25-30% off sale and *BUY THIS!* thanks United Cutlery and most of all Budk!
An amazing sword for the money. I would have liked the 5160 spring steel better in theory but this one is great! I like the tactical hilt. From my research 1060 is what the great sword makers were trying to achieve with all the foldings but here it is with out the weakness of the folds. Go back in time more than 30 years and you would have one of the best blades made at a very low price. It appears to have a good heat treatment, that will show over time. Very sturdy, sharp, and well balanced. Nice!I would buy a matching Katana if it were available. The only con - the scabbard doesn't seem to guide the blade in correctly and the blade cuts into it. This makes it hard to get in and out. Just doesn't line up correctly. Maybe after several more time, it will cut its path.
The sword is well worth the money, but I was a little disappointed because close to the hilt on the Sharp side,there was a few holes in the blade. I should send it back, but it will cost me more money Then it's worth.
I love it great balance, just enough blade weight to feel right. Simply not to big or to small. I like so much I've ordered another one for the basis of a fantasy sword, zombies beware