Post by jmatarrese on Mar 22, 2010 16:36:44 GMT -5
I'm looking into buying a good wakizashi for cutting soft to medium targets. My technique with a daito is such that I'm not worried about botching too many cuts, but I would like it to stand up to accidently hitting my stand, since everyone messes up on occasion, and I'd like to be ready for that.
I've narrowed it down to a Hanwei Raptor Wakizashi (Shobu Zukuri) and a Musha 1060 from Dynasty Forge. If Kris Cutlery were still making a wakizashi in normal koshirae, I'd look there, but they aren't, so these are my choices. What are some opinions on each? Is there going to be much difference in handling in a shobu zukuri blade? I've never owned one before. Thanks, all.
Raptor does have axehandle tsuka but I like it with my nambokucho.Dont know about the Musha but this raptor is tough.
i would like to grip one in person just to see what this "axe handle" fuss is about. what's the circumference? i much prefer the elegance of a slimmer tsuka, but my hands are large enough to accommodate for more. guess i'm just worried about comfor / having it looking "chunky"
musha has better polish and better tsuka, fittings are even quality (raptor's fittings are more detailed), cutting ability.... both are so tough they can probably cut through the space and time continuum, so no worries here. I'm fond of the musha, have the 28.5" katana in posession, it never let me down.