Just a fun "what if" topic, regarding an AU scenario, where Phantom didn't have katana.
Do you honestly think, the main reason Phantom was ruined, was because of the katana?
The constant portrayal of the melee merc-backstabber, the abilities he had back in closed beta (like front thrust), or katana being primary weapon instead of SMG (which he lacked).
If he had, say Kukri instead of katana (which would give him a slasher movie villain vibe), how would the whole thing turn out? Funny to think the katana cause a butterfly effect to his demise.