Pros: Materials, Finish, Handle Material, Blade Material, Overall Quality, Usable
I've had this sword for about ten years now...
When I was about 15 or so my parents bought me this sword for Christmas, from a local knife and gun show that was in town that year, for about one-hundred dollars or a little more. Being trained in heavy weapons at the time, and still training, I begged them to get it for Christmas. Of about four to five pounds this sword is well balanced with all metal parts except the plastic or PVC (or something) grip and can be wielded for two hours with little rest breaks spaced between shadow sparring and perfecting sword technique. This can be gripped in one hand or used by both hands (but has a hand-and-a-half grip as such this works best with one handed techniques and then gripped by both for power slash's then alternating hands so one arm can rest and both arms are treated equally while shadow sparring if you do that). Not a true full tang construction (how-ever there is a metal piece in-side the handle that goes from the blade to the lower demon's head (half tang construction?) but this fantasy sword is the best one I have ever had and has lasted this long and will last a while longer (even with intensified shadow sparring and other techniques). Not for combat, combat sparring or light (touch sparring) sparring this is an excellent way to build up endurance, strength, speed, agility, dexterity and muscle and tendon tolerance. It comes blunted (I gave mine a slight edge to hear it whistle in the air), has a real lethal tip (440 stainless steel blade if I remember that correctly), plastic or something grip and one hell of a design. Because of the grip and the hand that will get sweaty (if wielding for thirty minutes or more) I highly recommend and using tennis tape, because this sword will slip and fly out of your reach (not that it has happened or I witnessed it first hand about a foot away from me where it was rocketed into the wall where I standing/leaning) such as "Tourna Grip XL" for one strip (when properly applied) should last about two months with heavy training even in medium-high heated, dry and/or damp environments. Solid, sturdy, beautiful gleam (demon's head is a subdued polish), hefty (the weight feels proportioned and respectable), shadow spar approved, and comes with a poster (if your into it) that is signed (mine did). Post Scrip: Does not come with a scabbard. (And yes I suppose you could just display this sword but when the demon calls... heed the presence (heheheheheheee).Post Post Script: I don't care about a scabbard; it looks good (and better with-out one) on the wall.Post Post Post Script: Do not drop this sword. the handle material may and/or will chip possibly bust if dropped on any dense or hardened floor or solid ground or surface (it's good, and actually stronger than most of the fantasy swords I've had, material but it's not indestructible (far from it). Always make sure this weapon is handled with safety and diligence (respect) in mind and this sword will last you for ten to fifteen or more years like mine.