Looking for a capable straight sword

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I thought that initially too, but then thought maybe I was wrong and my eyes were playing tricks on me. Regardless you can get Miao Dao that are single-edged, but like I said before, most of them are slightly curved just like a Katana. What the OP is looking for appears to be very specific to the art he is doing, meaning he will have to go to a korean weapons specialist or a custom-made sword.

All this has made me wonder though, why aren't there more single-edged 2-handed swords around? The tradition throughout history has either been a single-edged 1-hander or a double-edged 2-hander. Can anyone give a reason for this trend?
And yes you can get single-edged sword in Chinese arts that are very katana-ish, I've never seen one that was not curved, but I believe the item in that picture is double-edged. That is also common in Chinese methods, two-handed method for a long sword, double edged.
 

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And yes you can get single-edged sword in Chinese arts that are very katana-ish, I've never seen one that was not curved, but I believe the item in that picture is double-edged. That is also common in Chinese methods, two-handed method for a long sword, double edged.

Yes. It is often debated which came first, the Chinese Dao or the Japanese Katana. Each nation claims the other stole it from them, and by this point it's impossible to pinpoint the true origin of the curved 2-handed blade in Asia. It's likely that both nations invented the blades at similar times separate from one another, but again trying to verify this is all but impossible.
 
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Here is one store but you have to be a member of their organization:

soolwon.com/Kuk-Sool-Won-Aluminum-Practice-Sword-w-inlaid-Dragon-WE-ES-BRB.htm

Here is another:

Kuksool kagums

You kind've have a problem with not being a part of the organization. You see the Kuk Sool Won straight sword will probably only be found there as research has shown that the Koreans utilized a curved sword like the Japanese and that is pretty much all that is made for Korean Martial Arts. The Kuk Sool Won swords and training swords are specifically made for Kuk Sool Won and the people at the top want to keep it so only their people can have them. Rough break...

Yea, unfortunately even within the organization. on their website atleast, the only thing they sell sword wise is alluminum practice swords. And they're over priced imo...


So far this is the only sword that I've found that actually looks like it would be a decent sword, of that style.

Korean Jikdo Sword

However it's 1300$ lol. A bit out of my price range at the moment... maybe in the future when I've opened up my own school haha


edit: Actually, i did just manage to find this. Korean Jikdo Kagum Straight Sword T10 Steel Differential Harden Blade Sharp

It's $200 and claims it's differentially hardened T-10 steel.... I feel like that's too cheap for that, or am I missing something? lol
 
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The fittings look very cheap but I wouldn't be able to tell unless I held it.

Personally when it comes to tools I tend to save up and try to buy higher quality. This comes after having learned the hard way. ;)
 
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The fittings look very cheap but I wouldn't be able to tell unless I held it.

Personally when it comes to tools I tend to save up and try to buy higher quality. This comes after having learned the hard way. ;)
I"d absolutely agree! Only thing is, there's a huge difference in "saving up" to buy something 200, vs something 1300. Considering I only make 15k a year...haha the 1300 one isn't even in the question, for a good while.
 
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Woah, tought I had responded to this, My bad lol.
And yea, I might end up having to just use a normal katana with a smaller curve lol.

anyways, after more searching I've found a couple "options".

JK140 - Iron Tiger Forge Red Dragon Straight Blade Katana - $244.95

JK139 - Iron Tiger Forge Heron Straight Blade Katana - $189.95

Both from the same brand...

and

Hand Forged Folded Steel Straight Blade Katana Ninjato Sword

Which is a "ninjato" with a 29" blade? So seems basically like astraight bladed katana
 
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I believe someone else posted this earlier but I'll reiterate, darkknightarmory.com has a pretty good range of swords. Another is replicadungeon.com. You should give both those a try.

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