Am I the only one that thinks, having a sword/weapon is a huge advantage in battle. Like if you only had your fists, and you were fighting someone with the same talent as you, but also had a sword, how do hell are you gonna beat them, Like if you come close, they just cut you up, electricute you, or absorb your chakra with their weapon, or even worst amputate your arm. Even Sarutaboi, "The God of all ninjas", had to bring out Enma and fight weapon vs weapon versus Orochimaru, as he obviosuly couldnt fight against Kusanagi with his fist. I think its very smart, Sasuke is learning the arts of using weapons. Its gonna put him at a huge advantage over Naruto. However, Itachi doesnt use a sword, which i find odd, but maybe he hasnt need to yet. The only counter against weapons I would imagine is using LOTS of long range jutsus and plenty of it. But even so... if you were the same level you could do the same shit to counter the jutsu and still fight with a sword right>?