Re: purchasing a katana
I'm a bit late joining in, but wanted to add a few comments.
I own a Paul Chen Practical Katana and wish I hadn't wasted the money. It wasn't much, but I would rather have gone out to dinner or something with the money.
I would reccomend that you talk to David Goldberg Sensei. He can make you a fine sword for a good bit less than the $10,000 you were quoted (which is not out of line at all). He may also have other swords for purchase.
He has my PK now to try and sharpen it.