If you want a REAL samurai sword, you can get a $5,000.00 (minimum) real nihonto from Japan. But I would consider one of those a work of art and wouldn't cut with them. They are too beautiful to risk damaging through tameshigiri.
Here's your best option:
Get an authentic reproduction of one. Reputable makers are Hanwei, Dynasty Forge, Bugei, and Kaneie. I have handled these swords before, and trust me, they are the closest you can get to a REAL Japanese sword. Be prepared to pay anywhere from $500.00 - $2,000.00 Stay away from their cheaper ones. Also, stay away from everything that is below $300.00 dollars. SO MANY people out there try to deceive people. I suggest doing some research and joining the sword forum online. They have experts there that can lead you in the right direction.
All in all, remember this, "You get what you pay for."
And always do your research before you buy! Read! Read! Read!
· 8 years ago