A tool, not a wall hanger
To my amazement, I received the sword the day after I ordered it, although I noticed that it was mailed from the same state I'm in. Still, excellent. The way it was packaged was more than sufficient to protect the sword during shipping. Two rectangular foam pieces at each end keep the sword from touching the inside of the manufacturer's box, and that was inside another box with wadded paper padding. It was lighter than I expected. Yes, the handle would be better if the squared edges were a bit more rounded, but this doesn't bother me. This sword is made to be used, not hung on a wall, although you'll want to get rid of the paracord lanyard through the grip before cutting anything with it. I found the blade plenty sharp. I first tried a few gentle thrusts at the outer shipping box, which went in like I was punching butter. I then attacked the outer shipping box with two downward right to left cuts, which left clean cuts through the cardboard. I then attacked the manufacturer's box with the same, and again I had two very clean cuts. I then tried attacking the shipping box with my other sword, a sharpened Darksword Armory straight saber, and it knocked the box over rather than cutting it. This katana is the best attempt yet at applying modern materials and processes to sword making. Contrary to what one reviewer said, the blade is not rust-proof. It still needs periodic cleaning and oiling, just less of it. I was never a fan of the braided grips on katanas because some would work loose and others would get grimy from my sweaty hands. I love that the scabbard is fiberglass and not wood/leather; mine really holds the sword in place, even when turned upside down. And please don't buy this if you're thinking to use it as a machete and expecting the blade to remain sharp. If you want to chop brush and branches, get a $20 machete. That's what they're made for. Very sturdy construction, impressive, and a steal at $210 shipped.