I'm very pleased with the Dara Katana. It has exceeded my expectations. The quality of finish is very good. The edge (ha) on it is sharpened to perfection, the folded steel pattern & hamon on the blade are exquisite. The Tsuba & habaki fit to the saya is pleasingly precise. I have to say the customer service from Blades Pro has been second to none also.
I was reasonably happy with the sword but I have to say I have purchased better for very similar cost. The workmanship is perfectly acceptable but unfortunately I find the fit of the sword into the Saya looser than it should be would fully inserted.
Katana excellent for the price but would have liked the customs charges to have appeared on the invoice.
havent used it for cutting tatami mats or anything but paper tested it and its got a good edge. fittings are nice and tight and the blade is beautiful with the folding lines and the hamon. the habaki is well fitted to the blade and beautifuly marked.tsuba and tsuka are well finished. tsuka ito is reasonably tight. the saya and sagea are beautifuly finished.it is sent well oiled so it wond arrive rusted. and the sword fits into the saya incredibly nice and snug especialy for a sub £2000 (seen many with terribly lose fitting). thesword its a stunning piece of art that i will love for years to come.