Using the old Uncle Bill rating system I judged that katata to be 95% and I think I'm close after reading what you have to say. Many thanks for very good info, Ray.
For anybody who might be interested this sword will be on the market when Ray completes his test work for $175. The handle can be worked down to a more traditional shape with no problem.
Blessings from the computer shack in Reno.
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