Iím new to this forum and would like some assistance. I have studied with Japanese swords for several years, moved to new location. Now Iím ready to do an investment in some swords. I seek real Katana, Wakizashi swords to include a set of Tantoís. The swords I practiced with were the regular low budget or cheap ones and belong to someone else. I seek a set of swords that are hard and flexible for me to practice, use cutting bamboo, and the regular demo mats, another set for display.
I was looking around on the net on custom swords in Japan, Paul Chen, Gassan Sadatoshi, and here in the US Gold Mountain Forge, Nihonto.Us. I first looked at Cold Steel and their demo videos however; I was wandering if there are any other good handmade forge sword makers in the US that are great? Yes, I seek over $1k price range per sword. Any information would be appreciated.