Mushashi would have loved one ... wood was his preferred weapon.Nice!
Should be interesting to see what you get from it.
As some of you know, I teach Martial Arts and I have two wooden swords I use when teaching swordplay... one is Ironwood and one is made from Lignum Vitae. During practice striking against other's wooden swords I've broken probably 20 Oak, Ash, Cocobolo and the like of their's... with almost no indention whatsoever on either of mine.
I have a wood practice blade too, but it's nothing special, in the way of material or craftsmanship.
p.s. I studied Iaiado for a bit, before being sidelined by foot surgery ... egads, has it been 20 years already ?