It seems like these days it would be hasty to buy anything without proper research.
We are blessed with two resources that can do us no wrong. Tom Davis(http://tetontenkara.blogspot.com/) and Chris Stewart(http://www.tenkarabum.com/).
I have found great utility in my purchases, and all have been guided by Tom and Chris.
Regarding fishing equipment, I mostly live by a love the one you are with …philosophy.
With only three seasons under my belt, I feel I need to mature as a tenkara angler before I become critical about my equipment. I am a slow processor and I have not settled into a specific style or preference. There is some benefit in this as I will take time to get to know my equipment. What it is good for and what it is not. It also saves my wallet from jumping around alot. One of my rods I was temped to sell within the first year, but recently began to understand its value. I think equipment needs to age with an angler for its worth to be understood. If you follow the advise of Tom and Chris I feel like they really recommend great rods.
Some of my surfcasting peers, buy the latest and greatest surfcasting rods, say they love them and are the best purchases they ever made. Then within a year I noticed they are selling them…probably out to buy the new thing.
Nothing wrong with exploring equipment. I like it too, and admit that I am eyeing one particular rod that may be a redundancy in my lineup. I am just wise enough to know that it won’t make me a better angler…but it will be a new toy for me to goof around with.
Rods are like brothers. There are things you love about them and also hate about them. I feel a link between my fishing experiences and the rods I have. I would find it hard to part with them or replace them.