Distinguishing and buying
Many commercial swords are made impure, the alloy is usually mixed with other types of cheap steel. Some people say unwanted car parts are usually what they add to this impurity. The by product however, can still be easily percieved as a true Namphi to the untrained eyes.
The true Namphi does not come without its defects. As a rule the true Namphi blade is not as smooth and shiny compared to stainless steel or chromium swords. The blade will have spots or grains in various places. As opposed to the 'too perfect' blade which impurities are added to make it outstanding and resisting rust, the Namphi steel does rust.
If you are
looking for the true Namphi swords I suggest you buy swords directly from
the swordmakers in the village that you can totally trust. For me, they
are the ones that I can walk around their backyard and see for myself
what they are doing.