6th March 2004, 02:29 AM
I've searched as thoroughly as I can in all forums, and not found an answer, so I'll risk posting my question.
If I've overlooked something from the past, please direct me there.
Does anyone have exposure to several swords from the SwordStore Iaito range? Specifically, I am interested to know if there is any perceivable difference in the blades between 2002 and 3003, as this seems to be where the choice of hamon comes into play.
Also, I've only found a few general comments about peoples good experiences with SwordStore products, specifically the Iaito, but not much of any great detail.
Would anyone be prepared to write a review of their sword?
Some questions I'm particularly interested in:
How sharp are the non-cutting blades of these Iaito?
Where is the balance point?
How do they compare to other Iaito from the range or from other manufactirers?
How do they stand up over time with rattles, scratches etc?
What problems have you had, and how were they handled by swordstore? (This by email if you feel appropriate - but from what I've heard I doubt it will be necessary.)
Is the mounting of the tsuka equivalent to that of a nihonto? Can the mekugi be removed, and the tsuka taken off easily?
If you knew then what you know now, would you still buy the sword you bought?
If you had to replace it, would you replace it with another SwordStore Iaito?
Anyone from the UK using these iaito? Any complications arising therefrom?
And, just on the off-chance - anyone in the North West of England got one I could have a look at?
I'm particualrly interested in the higher end models (3003/4004), but any information would be great.
6th March 2004, 06:21 AM