“ Martial Arts Equipment „
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For some strange reason, I had the urge to buy a decorative samurai sword and came across this set. Even though I added it to the "Sports Equipment" category, it's definitely not for sports but it was the most suitable.
The set consists of a Katana measuring 40", with a 27" sharpened, stainless blade with simulated temper. The second largest in the picture is the Wakazashi, which measures 30.5" overall with a 19.5" blade and lastly the Tanto, which measures 21" overall with an 11" blade.
Even though the picture shows curved blades, the website and description clearly states that they are straight blades. The reason for this is that curved samurai swords are illegal in the UK, even for decorative use, as a new act was put in place in 2008. Every website should have this written in their FAQ.
Each sword has its own case with a dragon design on the side and a glossy black finish. The handles are metal and have an engraved pattern at the end and just before the blade starts.
You also get a black wooden 3 tier table stand as you can see in the picture and it allows for any sword in any place. A stand is essential if you have one of these sets or a single sword. If you're worried about it being knocked over, if you have pets or something then I'd suggest switching the order of the swords and having it bottom-heavy instead of top. It's still very stable if you don't, but it does help.
Even though the description says "sharpened" you shouldn't worry; they're not actually sharp. You won't hurt yourself holding them or touching the blade.
It's a very nice set and looks great pretty much anywhere, as long as you have room. You can also buy single stands very cheap so if you don't like having three swords or if you don't have the room anymore, then you can just use the Katana in a single stand. The price for this set seems to average at £60 on most sites, but on Blades-UK I found them for just £38 which I thought was great.
Again, these are purely decorative and not for sport. If you're looking for actual quality martial arts equipment you're going to have to pay ten times the amount, from what I read on the site, so bear that in mind.