I really want to know what kind of wakis you use in the bushI agree with you Tony.
I'm no 12th level ninja or whatever, but I have owned and used wakis and katanas for a couple of decades. (for fun, simply because I like them)
I have several waki style blades I use as machetes that have felled many MANY a tree with plenty of wear, but no real damaged to the swords. I have no formal training yet I consistently use them to great effect, even out chopping friends using traditional machetes.
Yes I realize trees are not people, but this still demonstrates that (1)- not all sword shaped blades are delicate flowers that fall apart with the slightest use (or abuse). (2)- an untrained guy with a basic feel for swinging blades can chop to great effect. (also I've noted that even without using "propper" slicing technique my wakis still chop amazingly well)
I even preffer to cary my wakis over the shoulder baldric style. Have done so for many years, and have never had a problem drawing a waki sized blade. ...Resheathing is trickier, but with only a small amount of practice is not difficult at all... not to mention that resheathing tends to be less of a speed priority than unsheathing.
I wonder how much "real" experience our "experts" here actually have? How many times have they used a sword on a real attacker? How many times have they seen an untrained yet committed defender/attacker fail to damage their enemy with a real sword?
I would also note that while techniqe and muscle memory are great things, I have also noticed that some people can get too hung up on "correct" or "traditional" forms, only to choke or freeze up when reality does not match up with their training sessions. -No offense, just an observation.
Look, I'm aware that the right techniques will increase the effectiveness of any weapon, but you don't need to be an expert to stick someone with a knife, wack them with a sword, or pull a trigger. I can agree that a full sized sword can be impractical in many senses, but I am of the opinion that the right waki style sword has its uses and advantages, even for the non-ninja and samurai. You could weigh the pros and cons of sword vs xxx as a backup choice, but first the OP simply wants to narrow the choice between waki or katana...
I say waki.
Care to elaborate? I would love to pick up a bush waki haha