Making it affordable:
Bluntly put, at around 6,000 pesos you can already get a high quality blade of your own. You can go look that up, compare it, and find that this is possibly one of the best offers for this sort of quality. I like the fact that they cater to two markets, as they have the cheaper alternative to the pricier hand forged beauties.
Mainly their swords go through 6 stages:
They are what they sell:
What do I mean? The owners know what they’re doing, they know the processes, the differences in metals and they obviously love what they’re doing. An easy example of just how much they love the craft is when there was this FB user who commented on ‘why’ their machine made blades are cheaper—plainly he stated that it’s because of the metal they use has carbon. And that it rusts easily, and then came their reply. (They give out an extensive article about “Carbon-content” in steel here. But basically the higher the content, the harder and long-lasting the edge is for example 1-1.5% is what a Nihonto contains)
I rummaged through FB and couldn't find it anymore, but I remember it so much that I had to put it here. Basically the conversation went something like this:
FB User: The metal they use have carbon in them and rust easily, that's why it's cheap (Or something like that)
As I read that comment I was happy that they made someone know their place. There isn’t anything wrong with stating facts if you REALLY KNOW what you’re talking about. There’s nothing wrong with correcting people and giving out opinions either. It’s just that, too bad for Mr FB User, Sir Aldwin wasn’t going to let it slide. In any case who would? I can’t stress it enough, they KNOW what they’re doing and they’re amazing that way. Some sellers would just slap on the word “Authentic” and hope you’d buy it. With them it’s different; I even learned carbon metal content and hardness, real’ katana or a Nihonto against souvenir blades.
This is ranked from your left hand side to the right:
The left being a sword I still regret not having/saving up for...probably will carry that regret to my grave. Seriously look at that red blade...it's like a blade made up of blood! While the 2nd one being Saber/Arthuria's Excalibur as my target...am still figuring out how to get my hands on even the machine forged beauty. 3rd to 5th on this list are whims...heck a girl can dream.
Short but sweet
Interested in owning your own glorious fantasy blade? Or adding to your collection for cutting practice?
Where: They’re located in Mandaluyong City, Philippines
How: They do meet-ups and only ship LOCALLY for now
Price: Prices vary from 6,500 onwards
Quality: Doesn’t get better than this
Authentic: If by 'authentic' you mean a Nihonto...well the productions of these are regulated and will cost you an arm and a leg to buy. Their swords are high quality though and as is thoroughly explained in their website, it is forged as close to the traditional means as possible.
Hanggang payong ka na lang ba?
Or rather, Will you only ever own an umbrella with a plastic sword hilt?
And if you’re getting one, maybe grab one for me? Haha…nothing wrong with wishful thinking