Is Ritter Steel a good company?
by Ryan Goeing
QUESTION: I'm thinking of buying a rosewood shirasaya & wakizashi made by Ritter Steel. I believe it's an American company however they say their swords are hand made.
I found the sword on a web site called "thesteelsource" The sword will be mostly display, however I would like to know that I could use it for cutting if I wish. If not I was hoping someone would be able to point me in the right direction, and not towards the musashi rosewood shirasaya.ANSWER:
The jury is out on Rittersteel - mostly because they really are not so popular...
The swords are actually made in the Philippines, and tend to be very big and heavy. I have tried emailing Rittersteel before and so have some guys I know to find out more about them, but there has never been any response.
As to other recommendations, it really depends on what you are looking for and your budget. The Musashi one is the best IMHO...