As a Japanese katana trainee who has been training for more than 7 years now, I’ve made a lot of videos related to katana. So I often get many DMs through Instagram asking me, “Is this katana worth buying?” along with pictures of katana sold on the internet. Most katana that people send me pictures of are the “battle ready” ones sold on foreign sword websites, and every time I receive these questions, they trouble me. The reason is because, I personally would never buy a katana from such websites. But why wouldn’t I?