Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Finish, None
Cons: Blade Material, Overall Quality, Materials, Usable
CAUTION Dangerous and Poor Quality
I felt a serious need to write a review on this sword as it nearly took out the eye of a spectator. I am a professional swordsman that performs at Highland Festivals and Renaissance Faires. We use rapiers and Scottish Basket Hilted swords with targes.I had been looking for some new swords for the season and decided to try the Hanwei as they were recommended to me by another individual.I purchased 2 of them and after a 20 min light practice of blade to blade and blade to targe, one was so loose that the blade started to come out of the hilt. It was after this that I discovered that the threaded tang was far too short to run all the way through with enough threaded to hold it. After examination I found there were only a few threads actually holding the sword together. This was a very dangerous flaw, but not as dangerous as the next issue with the other sword. We were moving very slow and hitting very lightly on targes to get our moves down when all of a sudden the blade broke at the hilt and just barely missed the head of a spectator. This could have been serious and tragic if it would have hit the person in the face. We are talking fraction of an inch from the persons left eye. The blade actually brushed their hair as it flew past.NOT what you expect from stage steel. After examination it was found that the tang was very poorly tempered and brittle.If it had been one sword with an issue, I could have chalked it up to poor manufacturing, but 2 with severe issues speaks to poor manufacturing period.Be vary wary.. As something to just wear and never use, it would be fine. The look is nice.. DO NOT USE!I have contacted the manufacturer, but have not gotten any replies as of yet.