Help With Kill Bill Hansu Sword

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by kevin1701, Sep 6, 2015.

  1. kevin1701

    kevin1701 Member

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    I want to buy my 19 year old son a Hansu replica for his collection. Prices on eBay seem to vary wildly. Can anyone give me buying advice?

    how much should I pay for a good replica?
    what features should I look for?
    how sharp is appropriate in the replica weapon world?

    thanks.
     
  2. Pascal Kurosawa

    Pascal Kurosawa Active Member

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    As much as you want. I would say Minimum 40$, Maximum 5000$.

    What do you want? A cheap present, a good replica and/or a good sword?

    Here you see the most important (most important for me) features about japanese swords:
    http://new.uniquejapan.com/7-points-to-consider-when-choosing-your-japanese-sword/
     
  3. kevin1701

    kevin1701 Member

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    I'd like a good replica. Possible for under $100?

    Also, is there a rule of thumb in the replica community about sharpness?
     
  4. Pascal Kurosawa

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    I think, for a good prop replica the look is all what should be important. So a nice hamon pattern is more important than the sharpness. Do you have any good screenshots from the film?
     
  5. Damndrew

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    Kill Bill Hattori Hanzo swords are notoriously inaccurate, especially when inexpensive.
    I looked all over for kill bill swords when I started making Johnny Mo's sword i did look for as much info as I could and of course found out that the Bride's Bill's and Budd swords were all bad.
    http://www.sword-buyers-guide.com/kill-bill-swords.html

    If you wanted to pick up a cheapy sword and modify it till it's eventually accurate. That's one option or you could opt for a pricier blade that might be more accurate.
     
  6. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    At that price sharpness is irrelevent, it is a wall hanger, something that should not be used for anything but decoration



     
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  7. parfaitelumiere

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    You have the "1060 steel' on ebay not so bad, then the "clay tempered 1095" adding "kill bill" n your search, have a real temperline, however the accuracy varies.
    The lion on omote side is really ugly, whatever the price you pay, but depending on luck or not, you can have a quite accurate fitting, no groove on the blade and "what looks like a real" blade.

    The offered sword for 99- described in the previous like is really close to what I called a "1060" replica, probably same maker, not too bad.
     
  8. justice league

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    There is nothing under 100 thats a well made or accurate film representation of that sword sorry .
     
  9. cavx

    cavx Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    2nd that. There was one for sale (sharp too) for about $120AUD at the recent Comic Con but it looked cheap and nasty. The Swords I own already are way nicer than it was.
     
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  10. parfaitelumiere

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  11. justice league

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  12. parfaitelumiere

    parfaitelumiere Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Right, sadly I checked all stuff for lower price, but it's so wrong design it can't be considered as accurate enough for the price.
    Even at 300-500 price range, this is the only one with correct looking handle and blade, sadly the hilt has missing parts, probably because they just customised standarts hilts by adding engraving.
    I would think about a accurate one, based from a clay tempered blade and a glossy black hilt, making other parts, it will be lots of work.
     
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  13. justice league

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    Thats actually a great sword for sub 3 I am going to snag one for myself lol
     
  14. parfaitelumiere

    parfaitelumiere Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    you can easily customize it, adding the missing parts on scabbard.
     
  15. justice league

    justice league Active Member

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    Talk to me about that do you supply additional parts ?
     
  16. parfaitelumiere

    parfaitelumiere Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I don't, I was thinking about it, but I don't.
    It will be necessary to make a wax kojiri and koi guchi, then cast from bronze.
    I think in 2016 I will work on this saber, buy a blade and scabbard and make the other parts, hesitating between making wax pieces or buying antique parts and modify them, then cast from wax.
    I am thinking about some antique parts, the actual saber guard has useless holes, even there are no additionnal blades in the scabbard, so I would use a antique guard and antique handle parts, new blade and scabbard.
     
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