kung fu and wushu as you probably know are Chinese and katana swords are japanese there are many types but first i would say the katana (big one) wakizashi (medium one) and tanto (knife) the best one i would say is between 20 inches in blade length and 30 inches, some think this is small or weak but once you hold it it feels like its as tall as you. Shinwa ,Paul Chen and some traditional makers are the best i know what you want to look for is folded steel real tamahagane and differentially or clay hardened but these qualities are hard to get for 200 bucks and never use ebay its great for other things but not swords, people sell 20 dollar swords for thousand of dollars, if you can ,get a l6 bainite katana there pretty costly but there nearly indestructible, for the training i would say a master is the best way to go and dvd's on kendo are good too.
hope that helps (its everything i know about samurai swords)
god bless =)
amateur nihonto maker, years of internet research
· 1 decade ago