Yes, your system/approach has a different mentality, that's what we've been telling you… you really don't have the first clue about this area at all, as you have nothing to compare it to, or anything to provide you with an actual frame of reference. Oh, for gods sake, can you please learn to read? No, that's not what the OP asks, and yes, we did answer his question. The OP is as follows: "Shinwa and Musashi both make Japanese style katanas. Now Im trying to research if they're good companies and how they compare to each other as well as other katana brands." He's trying to research the companies, and see how they compare to each other, and "other" brands… he never, not once, asks if we can recommend a sword. You're inventing your own questions. All he asked was for information on the two "brands", and for any other he was not familiar with. Which was answered on the first page by Flying Crane and myself, along with some very salient advice from Hyoho. My answer, for the record, was: (with regards to what the two "brands" are like) "Well… they're cheap SLO's (sword-like-objects) shaped in a way reminiscent of Japanese weapons… that's about as far as I'd go…." (with regards to if they are, in the OP's words, "good companies") "Define "good companies". Do they treat their workers well? Are they ethically grounded? Do they make a good profit, and are a good stock market investment? Or are you asking are they companies that make a good product (not the same thing… McDonalds is a great company by some of the above criteria, but they're hardly going to be the first choice for quality dining, if you get my drift)? Figuring you mean the latter, it will really depend on what you expect to get for your money… personally, I see nothing of any appeal at all… but that's coming from my perspective and requirements." (with regards to any difference between the brands) "They're both cheap, and are designed more for someone who doesn't actually train with a sword, but thinks they're "cool"… realistically, there's not a lot to separate them." (with regards to "other brands") "Most "katana" that come under a brand name aren't going to be quality, or overtly realistic when it comes to genuine feel, construction, and more. The reason is fairly simple… a brand (company) creating particular "models" of swords are, by necessity, creating a mass-produced item… and are going to suffer from the limitations present in such standardisation. Additionally, they are made to a particular budget… which never helps. When looking at quality swords, typically you're looking at the smith… not a company… of course, when you do that, you're looking at a genuine item, which changes the price quite dramatically. But the real question here isn't what the swords are like… it's what you want them for. A sword for iai is going to have a different requirement than one for tameshigiri… and one for an experienced practitioner will be different to one for a beginner… and one to just look good hanging on a wall is different again. If it's to be used, as Hyoho said, you should consult with your instructor… and, if you don't have one (in sword, which I don't believe you do), then get one before getting a blade (especially a live one!)." The entirety of the OP was addressed, bit by bit. And none of your ideas, throughout the entire thread, are even hinted at. Honestly, the next post you make I can sum up as being completely irrelevant to the whole discussion, and is simply more evidence that you have no idea of the context of this discussion at all… but I'll go through it anyway. Not at all. I've just done a number of videos to another thread showing the variety of sword systems out there, and I've mentioned more than once that particular systems will have particular requirements of their weaponry. I personally train in a number of sword systems, and the sword used in one is not necessarily suited to another. Without at least knowing the intended usage, yeah, I'd hesitate to recommend any of those to anyone (and, really, I'm probably going to walk off on anyone asking me for advice on toilet paper…). I mean, I'm looking at possibly getting a new car next year some time… without knowing anything about my requirements, needs, or preferences, what car can you recommend is best suited to me? More realistically, though, this entire post, and your entire series of posts in this thread, read like someone asking for advice on makes of (Russian) cars, and you keep recommending a motor bike, as you think riding around the mountain is what you would do with one, without once stopping to understand even the question in the first place. Firstly, no, it's not a "very similar question". A sword is not the same as a knife, the usage is very different (one is a specialised tool for the study of particular, specific systems of knowledge, the other is a multi-purpose utility tool which has many practicalities in todays world), and the question by itself includes far more information about usage (survival knife). Secondly, due to those differences, it's much easier to make a recommendation, as there is less variation involved, and far more universality over usage itself. What does that have to do with the discussion here, other than the fact that you can't follow what's being said and why? You're still not being relevant, you know… Knives aren't relevant to here, nor is anything you "would recommend" for reasons that don't apply to this topic. As said, though, your opinion in this matter, due to having no experience, no knowledge, no insight, no understanding, and no ability to even read the posts correctly, is worth exactly nothing. Or less. We're being helpful. You, frankly, are not. Mainly because you don't know what you're talking about, and are confusing the issue entirely. Which means exactly what if what the sword is needed for is iaido? I mean, some of the basic traits of a "sword" that will "chop hard stuff and not break" is that it's heavy, poorly balanced, tip-heavy, thick, and more… whereas a sword for iai needs to be properly sized to the person (and the ryu-ha), well balanced, not tip-heavy, and more. So the question is, why do you think that your "usage" of a sword is even relevant to the OP's request and requirements? No, we've mocked idiots who have no idea of how to even hold a sword being put forth as experts, credible, relevant, or anything else other than a sad, sad joke. Knives are not swords. Knife makers are not, by any stretch of the imagination, good at making swords. A friend of mine (and former member here) is a highly skilled knife maker, and wanted to turn his hand to trying a sword, starting with a kodachi (short sword). He has experience in swordsmanship, Japanese arts, and making blades… but, after some experimentation and research, realised that, frankly, there's a world of difference between the two. A sword is not simply a much longer knife. So who the hell cares if they make decent knives? It's completely irrelevant to this thread, this forum, and this discussion.