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Where to buy a sword in the Tokyo area?
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There seem to be a lot of good places to buy a katana, both iai-to and shinken, on the Internet. But what about in the Tokyo area?
Those budo shops I have visited in Tokyo have not had very good quality.
(...maybe I haven’t found the right shop yet..)

...of course it should be combined with a good price as well

Any one knows?

Posted on: 2004/4/25 19:55
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Re: Where to buy a sword in the Tokyo area?
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Hello!

Have you browsed Japan Sword? They have some beautiful antiques as well as good quality modern swords and armor. Regarding price, swords seem to be one of those things that you get what you pay for. Futhermore, a good sword requires quite a bit of care. There was a post somewhere here in Kutaki-land that touched on this topic.

You will have to double check the location of Japan Sword, but off the top of my head I think it is Toranemon 3 (I AM NOT SURE OF THE ADDRESS).

Good Luck!

Posted on: 2004/4/28 3:57
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O.K. this is a loaded question but what is considered a "good" price? I've seen some nice quality Katana for $6000 and above (U.S.) online. Bugei.com (no plug intended) have some nice looking katana. I wouldn't mind saving money for such but some swords can go for nearly $20,000 U.S. when one does some searching. Bear in mind this is an open question and I am just looking for some advice.
I have a Paul Chen sword (musashi) and it is very nice for tameshigiri and realistic weight but as stated before you get what you pay for. (No deragatory remarks intended.) Thanks in advance!

Mike McGuirk

Posted on: 2004/4/28 4:59
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I'd suggest going to see Someya. He is extremely knowledgeable about swords. We go to see him each year for training and tameshigiri. He has a large collection of tsuba as well. His dojo is in Noda, I can't remember the train stop. He often trains at the Honbu.

Posted on: 2004/4/28 7:32
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To be more precise I was thinking of something about $1000 - $1500 for a steel one or even as low as $700-$800 for a ally iai-to.

Posted on: 2004/4/29 8:34
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