Some of the Hanwei/Tinker stuff and the Valiant Armory stuff handles pretty well for the price, which is fairly cheap. Quality takes time though, and that raises costs, especially for custom makers like us that have relatively low orders and production capabilities.
Nah, still steel. It has a thicker rounded edge meant for hard impacts, since stage actors and people training in the sword-based martial arts do a lot of that. Our regular swords are sharpened and meant for cutting. They would still stand up to use in combat, but swords in actual use aren't meant to be bashed against each other or other hard, unmoving objects without any damage to the edge. It's all about deflection.
As long as it follows the profile of the grip and is comfortably shaped, not really. With hand-and-a-half swords/bastard swords, you would traditionally choke the lower hand partly on the pommel anyway, even with a wheel pommel, so it's historically sound.
Well it's supposed to be a two handed handle. I just didn't want to add too much to the visible length of the handle. So I had the pommel shaped that way so it doesn't choke the lower hand any. Not to mention I was trying to add a bit of a katana to it, and katanas don't have pommels.