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Yeah, I've held a katana. I took an Iaido class and we used real katanas to cut stuff. It was fun xD. I want to own a nice one one day.
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I own about 3 swords, 2 daggers, and a rifle ^_^


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27 / M / Hidden Leaf Village
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I own a Reversed blade sword from the anime Rurouni Kenshin series.
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30 / M / Saint Louis, Miss...
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been in Okinawan Kobudo Kenshinryu since I was 5. I've had a full tang katana since i was 14 and a couple Japanese officer Katanas from when my grandfather in WWII, they were passed to me upon his death
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I own 4 katanas, 3 ninja swords, a short sword, 3 daggers and a letter opener.
Posted 9/18/12
My grandpa taught me how to use one when I was little. Well, I guess I haven't practiced in a LONG time but I've held a sword before. He didn't let me swing his real sword like the wooden one he made me learn to hold, but I got to hold it.
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I have a Spanish broadsword, two shinken, one wallhanger stainless steel rat-tail tang katana, one cheapy beater katana (still battle ready and full-tang but severely damaged from use and carelessness), a few sword-style machetes, and a long bayonet that handles like a sword.

I got the cheap beater katana for 150 dollars or so. It's a cruddy Masahiro blade that I use for practicing and random cutting urges since I don't want to damage the other two, much fancier ones. The balance is REALLY nice but the fittings other than the tsuba are awful. The fact that the blade got caught in a garage fire when I lent it to a friend didn't help the case. It's a very worn blade that's irreparably fire-damaged but I still have it just to swing around and do very light cutting. Even the saya is cracked and in terrible shape (I used wood glue and medical tape to hold it together). Overall, the sword looks awful in its current state but I still hone it so it's hair-shaving sharp. Due to the fire, the blade is brittle now and harder to sharpen, so I don't cut medium or hard/dense targets with it anymore for safety reasons.

The wallhanger katana is just a decorative piece not meant for use. My little cousin got a hold of it and tried to cut down a sapling with it once, so it is bent. I caught him before he could break the sword but I couldn't get it back into its original condition. The edge is rolled at one point and the tip is broken. I scolded him for being stupid but I don't care about the wallhanger. It was like 20 dollars and doesn't look that great anyway.

The Spanish broadsword is functional but dull. I barely ever pay attention to it unless I'm cleaning it and doing the usual maintenence. I treat it more like a decorative piece than a real sword. I should sharpen it one day, but the steel feels very hard. Almost stainless-steel hard but it isn't stainless.

My cheaper of the two pristine katana is a Cold Steel one. A lot of people would say that CS doesn't make real katana, and they are sort of right. This katana is full-tang and very functional, but has awful balance because it's so blade-heavy. The blade is considerably thicker and wider than the average 'traditionally-styled' katana. It's sharp but hard to use. You have to be really strong to use it or else you risk hurting your wrist. Good thing it was only $320. It's an overbuilt chopper than looks like a katana, not a 'real' katana. You should treat it more like a broadsword.

The most pricey sword I have is a Wind and Thunder katana by Paul Chen. Due to the increased thickness of the heavier-built blade, the balance isn't as good as that of the cruddy Masahiro, but the balance is still pretty good. Better than the CS katana for sure. This sword has seen light use in tameshigiri but it's still in pristine condition since I take care of it very fastidiously and don't cut very dense or hard targets. I acquired it from one of my teachers who was moving away to NYC, who sold it to me at the bargain price of $500 before he moved. I've heard of this sword selling for over a grand. It arrived fairly sharp but I wanted it sharper so I used my waterstone to hone it. It's now the sharpest blade I own that isn't a kitchen knife.
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Posted 9/19/12
No. No, I haven't.
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Yes, yes I have. Used to do sword training some years ago. Still I do not own a sword today, would like one though but finding a good one around where I live is difficult and I don´t want to buy some cheap crap.
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i own several, two cheap ones and two high quality ones (not counting my wooden katana and kendo sword) my high quality ones are the sakabato replica from ruroni kenshin and my personal favorite, a black katana sort of like ichigo's bankai. i keep em on a rack next to my bed dreaming of the night someone will break in and i can decapitate them.
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Cloud Strife's sword Keychain
Posted 9/19/12
I want to say I have, but the Samurai wouldn't let me because I'm not Japanese.
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19 / F / Rainbow Land ♥
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Yup. My dad had this sword displayed on his room.
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42 / M / Texas
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Posted 9/19/12
i own a few eastern and western style
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23 / M / Norway
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I have one cheap Chinese sword. I usually use it tho cut down snowmen in the winter. It's quite fun i tell you.
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