As mentioned earlier on these pages, I was fortunate to borrow one of the most beautiful katana from the Robert Jordan estate to use as a prop during my recent lecture at the Charleston Library Society. It was magical (the moment, not the weapon — though the latter was really, really cool).
When I returned the borrowed sword, I was offered another of the Jordan weapons to take home with me on a more permanent basis. So I am proud (and a bit staggered) to say that I now own one of the late Mr. Rigney’s katana; in fact, it seems that this weapon was one of the earliest replica Japanese swords he ever acquired. It’s beautiful, and I’ll post pictures of it when I can.