Yeah it caught my eye, I thought I would get some opinions on it.
Ahh I guess a Katana might come in handy around the house in some instances.
Also as a means of storing and retaining wealth or as a means to hedge against in flat ion.
Plus they're cool!
Hmm… I'd caution waiting until we hear why Kaan is after a sword, or swords, before any offers are made… additionally, I'd ask exactly what "a good eye for knives and swords" is in this regard… if we're talking Japanese swords, it's quite removed from knives in terms of what to look for, what constitutes a good or bad one, and more. Honestly, with no disrespect to your friend, I'd be very reticent to go on the advice of someone who "has a good eye for knives and swords"…
Yeah concur. It would be a bad idea since the OP has not elaborated on the intended use. In terms of "having a good eye" My friend is just a keen collector and has Fencing in his background, still though, good point.
Chris is right in that you are not even getting into a quality shinken from Japan until you start looking in the $3,000 and up range. There are a few blade makers outside of Japan that produce good blades but they are not a Japanese made blade and will simply not have the same value long term as one made in Japan. This does not mean you cannot buy some thing not made in Japan that is cheaper and possibly functional and work your way up. Many a serious Japanese martial practitioner has done just this. Just understand that their is a big difference in quality as you go up. My recommendation is to talk with your instructor and see what they recommend for you. If you do not have an instructor in a Japanese martial system and just want a wall hanger (ie. a piece of crap) to hang on the wall for conversation then there are plenty out there. Just understand what you are getting. I would not buy one now and they are not the real thing. Still everyone has a different perspective on what they want!