They advertise well and price themselves as if it's really great stuff, but... I what I also want to know is what do knowledgeable owners say?
Save your money and find the real Sumari swords, I have quite a few of them and nobody can match the quality of them.They can be found from 500.00 up nice ones.I've come across a store that sells swords by Hanwei, designed and approved by Mr Paul Chen, stock includes everything from medieval broadswords to claymores to ancient Chinese and samurai swords. The samurai version are a weakness of mine and for them the store stocks a wide range of quality, all of them forged working items, and all very sharp, but some with supposedly authentic fold-forging and tricked out with absolutely beautiful blades and furnishings- and those are priced up to about $3500 US/CAN for a 2 sword set (katana and wakizachi).
What you can't see by just looking at a sword is of course everything. The Hanwei company is located in China but the store claims Hanwei are fanatically devoted to good steel and dedicated artisanship producing high quality weapons, or in other words that the swords are not the usual Chicom s-hit.
If anyone knows about the CAS Hanwei company, please share!
Thanks for the feedback. The blades concern me most.I have a Katana/Wakizachi set from CAS Hanwei along with their sword mount/holder.
The swords are gold leafed and their blade steel is SPOT ON (forged, folded, and bloody sharp).
I do have one complaint from them though... for a Katana set that cost so much dang money (thankfully it was a gift to me)... you'd think they'd have devoted more time with the sword sheaths.
I found at least two flaws on the sword sheaths themselves. You have to be "up close" to notice them but nevertheless a set that cost thousands shouldn't have any flaws whatsoever. Lastly, the sword sheath caps were poorly adhered. That latter is no big deal really as it is an easy do-it-yourself task to properly adhere/glue it.
I'm familiar with Cold Steel... they're not as good now, I think, but the first time I saw a tanto by them, 20- 25 years ago, I tried the old sharpness test of shaving hairs off the back of my hand... what happened was I started to take off a slice of skin and bled all over the store- which fortunately had bandaids at the ready. Taught me respect for factory blades I can tell you, Cold Steel especially.
Cold Steel blades are forged and assembled by Windlass Steelcraft in China (KLOs) and India (Westerns). So no, they are not made in America.
I think that at the time I nearly kilt myself with one (as described above, OK it wasn't quite that serious), Cold Steel products were made in Japan. If now in China or India, that would explain the relative lack of 'extreme sharpness' found nowadays.