hey everyone. i'm new to the forum, and, well,new to all of this. every aspect of these samurai swords and their history fascinates me. i'm trying to learn as much as i can, and i would appreciate any help any of you can offer me. i'm excited, as i ordered two bokken practice swords, and i'm in desperate search of the right katana to buy. i don't need to start off with a 5,000$ katana.. but if that's what i end up with eventually - no complaints! these things are beautiful. i want to know more. where to get them, who makes them, and the history and terminology of each peice of the katana. hope to hear from some of you soon, and i hope you'll shed some light on all of the questions buzzing in my head.

-kendall