Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! Since I was a young boy the samurai and Japanese culture fascinated me. As my knife collection expanded through my adult life my tastes always gravitated back towards asian style tools and weapons , specifically Japanese. Well with trepidation, I want to dip my toes in the world of the katana. I've narrowed it down to hanwei and ronin. I don't know that ill necessarily use it for anything beyond admiration, but id like if it was capable of use. The sword that interested me most is ronin's entry level swords. I've read good things about it for the price, I will probably jump headfirst into some better swords when I understand them more, but i would appreciate any advice around the $200 mark, and maybe some reading material if you have any to suggest.