Friday, March 30, 2007

buying a katana

I've been bitten by the Kendo bug. I've been doing it for a few months now and I feel it's time I got myself a real blade.

However, I don't want a wallhanger. I want something that can cut. Fortunately Cheness focuses on quality cutting-blades available for less than 300USD.

I was really impressed by their "Shura". I've read a lot of really good reviews, especially the one at sword-buyers-guide and the destruction test at RS knives.

Living in South Africa, I knew there would be some problems getting it shipped here. So I decided to purchase it through Paul from sword-buyers-guide. I am very thankful to Paul for going out of his way to help me. His customer support is excellent.

The sword is now on its way. Hopefully it will get here safely.


Anonymous said...


I'm also in SA. SBG doesn't seem to list South Africa under the shipping options. How much did you pay for shipping? Or should I contact Paul.

Janto Dreijer said...

You should contact Paul about that. It cost me about $50 more. Shipping costs might have changed as I know the USPS changed their policy regarding large international packages.

I also had to pay what I think is import taxes when I tried to get it from my post office.

I think I ended up paying R2500 total for the Shura.

I love my sword btw. It cuts through everything. Even coconuts :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info, I really appreciate it!

Katana Reviews said...

I prefer the clay tempered blades, quite a bit pricier but well worth it in the end. Hope you like your new sword!