stuck on which to get
QUESTION: First of all i like to say thank you for past advice on questions i had regarding swords. Its been a year since last pruchase , and since the uk sword ban has now allowed handforged katanas back into the market , im looking for a second.
im stuck between , two blades which i want to use strictly for functional use practice , for kata tameishigiri.
the two are - paul chen practical plus , and the practical xl katana
the site im lookin at sells me the paul chen plus for
£199 and the elite/xl for £170
i read both your reviews for them however, viweing other reviews i am stuck on which to get . the practical plus looks very nice aswell , however the xl elite seems to better in performance , i wud go for the practical plus if im certain it can handle heavy duty cutting , otherwise the practical xl. I already own a bamboo masahiro katana , and a masashiro shingen katana .
could you please give personnal advice.
my budget is 250 or below .. thanks
ANSWER: Definitely the XL Elite - it really is one of the best cutters I have seen, especially on traditional targets. It isn't the kind of sword you'd want to use on harder or unconventional targets, but if you use it for training and proper cutting, I think you will be quite shocked by how easy it goes through the target...
Hope this helps.