Re: purchasing a katana
I have a Paul Chen practical. I have been cutting with it for over a year now and it works wonderfully. I recently purchased another practical for my sensei and the newer generation practicals are even better than the originals. They also allow you to remove the tsuba and have a double mekugi pin assembly. For the cost you cannot go wrong. The Last Legend series looks great too. If you do not know a lot about swords though I would suggest that you have someone that does look over your blade once it arrives. It isn't often but occasionaly there are flaws and it is better to know up front if you need to exchange it.