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- Mar 18, 2005
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i didnt plan on getting the sais so early but i found a $40 pair for $20 so i figured i best jump on the train and grab them then put them away once i recieve them
If those are the standard generic sai that you can get from any number of places (AWMA, Century, etc)., then you're probably going to find that they're poorly balanced, and that you're going to find yourself compensating for the poor balance.
What I really don't like about these generic sai, is that they also have a bit of a hump where the handle and the guard are welded together. This interferes with smooth operation.
If you must go with a cheaper pair, they do have lighter ones (still made out of steel) that are known as their "demonstration models," and that those are a bit better balanced.
At this stage, since you don't have any formal training in the sai, it probably won't make too much of a difference, but if you start formal training, under a competent instructor, the limitations of the cheap clunkers will be evident.
Even instruction via video would be preferable to trying to figure it out on your own.