I'm brand new in this forum (Although I've read already a lot here, and spent hundreds of hours in DS Game). So hello to the community !
As I am a total japanese feudal period fan, it was clear from the beginning sticking to the Katana Swords with no exclusion. Trying and Testing with Scaling, Non Scaling elemental to get out the best of the far east weapons.
At the moment I have 10 Katanas (One of each Fire +10, Lightning +5 and Regulary +15 and Chaos Blade +5).
After trying a 40 Dex, 30 Faith, 40 End, 25 Vit build with scaling Iaito and Uchi +15. I was fascinated with buffing them with a 2.1 DMB and Canvas Talisman, Sunborn Ring and this wing head thing from Oolacile it has a decent Damage of around 770 per swing.
After calculating a bit, I noticed that the Nodachi (Washing Pole) has lower scaling BUT scaling in DEX and STR. So at 40STR and 40DEX, the combined Scaling would outdraw the ones of Uchi and Iaito. Considered with the buffs DMB 2.1 would be IMO a true slayer, and the Katana Set Up with the most damage possible. (Probably around 800 per Swing)
But I was a bit dissapointed on HOW STRONG the elemental Washing Pole (Especially the Fire +10) was compared to a regular +15 Uchi. And event if you are just a 15 STR and 16 DEX build, the Damage of the Fire WP outdraws the damage of a +15 Uchi unbuffed (Around 500 Damage). So it's realy only this one minute DMB buffed +15 Katanas where the Damage outdraws the Fire WP.
This thread is just for the ones who are also fans of Katanas, and want to inform themselves about those superb weapons.
What I've not tested yet are the whole divine / ocult stuff with 30 Faith. (I won't go over this, I'ts just for casting DMB and WOG if needed). Having three scaling slots (STR,DEX,FAI) could event outdraw the +15 DMB buff. Did someone testet it?