Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Blade Sharpness, Materials, Blade Material, Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, Materials, None
Practical, Handy, overall Perfect for my Purpose
I use this as a general purpose big knife or short sword on my farm. It is handy to carry, being not too long. The steel is stiff and sharp. It goes through branches as well as any machete its size. The grip is perfect for use as a tool or as a weapon, and one can hold it for a chop or a thrust. The shape of the blade gives it a good weight forward for a chopping action, while the point being angled as it is ensures good penetration through just about anything that the strength of my arm and weight of the gladius can manage. The steel seems good, and the grip material practical. The scabbard is well designed, although for aesthetic purposes I would have preferred any kind of leather. Having said that, the Cordura is practical and probably better for some climates than leather, and is better able to handle neglect than leather can. If one has to use it as a weapon in a restricted environment, such as inside many buildings, it is an ideal size. In my house, which has thick stone interior and exterior walls, and lots of doors and turns, I would consider my chances against someone with a pistol about even, if I knew that he was there. Fighting against someone with a spear or longer sword in the open would put one at a disadvantage with this short weapon, and of course in the open one would be a dead man if faced with someone armed with any kind of gun. Its only chance against a gun is if the gunman has no choice but to get close enough to negate his range advantage. It would certainly remove any hand with a gun in it at the wrist as it comes around a near corner. Bottom line: excellent value, built for business and not for looks.