Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, None
Cons: Materials, Usable, Blade Material
Pretty but dangerous to it's user.
I HAD a Cold Steel Grosse Messer. When I had it, it was nice. It was VERY sharp and had great balance. The guard loosened and rattled some but since the handle was not peened on tight, I figured this was normal. When I say "HAD" it means that I figured I'd hit a pell with it. I thought, it's full tang, a messer, good steel. I should be able to whack a pine pell and it would be ok. After all, their machetes can take it fine and this blade was thicker. However, second hit and the sword instantly got lighter. I noticed I was holding the handle while the blade flew off to the side luckily missing my son who was standing nearby. This thing would have easily impaled him. Simply put, the steel is TOO hard for this type of battle use. You can expect it to break should you actually try and use it hard in any type or real battle. I've had a number of Cold Steel machetes all of which have been very durable and good. The sheaths for them are not so good, but the steel is. I also love the tomahawks (with a little finishing that is). They're extremely nice and durable. This thing is just plain dangerous. It's an expensive wall hanger and unless they fix this problem, it's almost as dangerous as a rat tailed wall hanger.