Ron Tisdale wrote:
I wouldn't buy the PPK myself...I did buy a shinto model Paul Chen katana, on the recommendation of a sword instructor (all his beginners buy that model or better), and I like it. It cuts wara just fine. I'm not qualified enough to say more than that. Sword forum or bugei's forum are the best places just now to ask, and e-budo when it comes back up is another good place to check.
Shintos are like double the price of the PPK.
I'd suggest the Last Legend Field MK II. It's like $360. Inbetween the two. Plus I've heard really good things from the people over at www.kendo-world.com/forums
in their Iaido section about it.