Not necessarily, it really depends more upon what you plan on doing with it. Bugei's blades all tend to be very hefty, and I don't recommend them for daily kata although they are sturdy tameshigiri swords. Nihonzashi is a Chinese sword reseller among other stuff (mainly Hanwei I think), but Mike Femal has his own dojo and a lot of experience, and will inspect it for you before shipping it if you tell him what you want it for. Kim Taylor at SDK Supplies used to sell sharp Chinese made blades that were appropriate for daily practice, but I can't get to his site from work (dang net nanny!) so I don't know if he still does. My daily use sword is from Citadel, which are made in Cambodia. I don't know who sells their swords now, but they were a bit pricier than the Chinese swords. However, the balance is wonderful, it's lighter than my Swordstore iaito, and it cuts very well. There's also nothing wrong with ordering a less expensive ($1000 range) Chinese made sword as long as you do so from a place with a very good return policy, and you know that you may have to send several back to get one that is well made enough for regular practice.