The best katana in my mind are the ones made hundreds of years ago, however there are some modern katanas that are superior to others. Of the approximately swordsmiths in Japan, 30 are fulltime masters of the art. Yoshindo Yoshihara is probably the finest currently alive. He is a 10th generation. When they first hit the market in early or so, most were laughed off by traditionalists as many were merely sharpened Katana shaped crowbars at best. May be ordering the two handed version for our sifu in the near future. If you happen to be able to afford one of the previous katanas I mention on this page then go for it. Mine is the Kusanagi, the legendary sword Susanoo got from Orochi. Displaying products 1 - 30 of results Show: Search by Type to find Japanese katana swords Samurai swords , wakizashi, tanto, Iaito, ninja swords and complete Samurai sword sets. The steel is repeatedly heat treated and hand forged to remove impurities. Scale iron oxide is removed and the blade is shaped. This often impacts the overall design of the sword. However, with many of them commanding price tags in the high 4 figure region, a lot of buyers are understandably priced out. The strength of the blade is further increased by the in depth forging process. This is the sport I am partial to. The brown leather wrapped tsuka provides for a great grip.