Pros: Materials, Finish, Handle Material, Blade Material, Usable, Overall Quality, None
What a great sword for the money!
This my first real sword, and after seeing what else is out there in this price range, I don't see how you could do much better. This is truly a work of art and a real using blade all at the same time. The craftsmanship is superb, the edge is very good for a working blade, and after I learn how to - I am going to hone this to be like a scalpel. I would also caution anyone who is looking to get into this, to get yourself a good bokken (my next purchase from here is the one made by Cold Steel) and learn your swordcraft with it first. This thing is deadly if your not careful with it. As an example, I was in front of the bathroom mirror want to see how I looked holding, and I just gently tipped the blade down and chipped a hunk right out of the porcelain! And it DID NOT damage the edge in any way! I can just imagine what it will do to some tatami mats or bamboo once I get my hands on some. For now it's only brought out for show - I can't wait to get my bokken nowl! The only downside is the sheath. While it is well made, it fits very loose - so I will be upgrading to something better in the future.