QUESTION: I have three swords I have been researching lately and would like your suggestion.
1st is the Cheness Tenchi - strong sword for cutting and slightly heavier than some. Not a good kata sword unless you get the bo-hi. 9260 blade.
2nd is the Cheness Kaze - prettier sword than the Tenchi. stong, sharp with the 9260 spine.
3rd is the Hanwei Practical Plus Katana(PPK) - nice sword and fittings, differentially tempered steel, sharp, good for kata.
I will be using it for kata practice and for cutting matts mostly. I would like a good weight for drawing and a sharp blade. I would like a nice sword for both versus purchasing 2 swords
(1 for kata and 1 for cutting).
thanks in advance.
Love the site by the way.
Its the reason I have 3 sword choices....lol
I would have to think that the best choice would be the Tenchi with bo-hi as it suits your purpose of Kata and Cutting practice with the one sword. The Kaze can feel a little tip heavy to some, but it is correctly balanced for a no-hi sword - just that swords with bo-hi are better for Kata (and also because of the Tachi-Kaze sound that provides valuable feedback on the cutting angle and speed).
Anyway, hope this helps (and sorry for the late reply).