This is a very decent entry-level, functional sword. In looks I give it a 5, in function a cautionary 4. Yes, it's perfect for katas, VERY light cutting (shipping tubes, 1/2 mats), & looks perfectly at home among more expensive pieces. Weight wise, I'd put it at about 80% of a comparable Musha. The blade is slightly thinner, the handle slightly narrower. A good choice for those who prefer speed over power. :) 5 stars, you'll pay at least double elsewhere.
Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer) Allen W Sanderson from Maine USA on 1/6/2018