LOL. "They only hit for a few thousand". Well, the good news is that enemies only have "a few thousand" hit points at most, so it doesn't matter if they don't scale much beyond that
It does because I needed to get to level 50, with 50 Reflex, 50 Body and 50 Cool with the best Cyberware and gear full of Crit Damage, Crit Change, Damage Increase and the best Mods for Mantis Blades.
They never ever compared to Katanas in the least.