Absolutely a 5 star item in every way, except for the complaint listed by a few others. The hilt is exceedingly small. I can fit my hand into it and around the grip, but my knuckles are pressed into the guard. I don't have overly large hands, either.
That being said, I purchased this piece as a gift for a girl with rather small hands, having read the reviews for it, and fully being prepared for the smaller size of the half basket. I haven't given it to her yet (Christmas is right around the corner), but I'm am very confident she will find it quite comfortable.
It's quite a shame, though, as this is an amazing piece. The brass work, the blade, the balance and feel, it is beautiful. I would love one for myself, if I could only comfortably wield it.
The quality of materials used to make this Cutlass are excellent along with the price. The blade is good steel. The length of the grip will only fit very small hands. The grip length needs to be increased by at least one inch to fit a medium to large hand. As is, the Cutlass is unusable. If this weapon is for display only, it gets a 5. If it were to be used as a true Cutlass, it gets a 1. The brass basket curves back and presses on the first finger and knuckle painfully due to the short grip. I own a large collection of swords purchased from MRL. This is a keeper for display only. The sheath fits the blade well but the brass tip on the sheath was so pointed and sharp I had to round the tip with a stone for safety reasons. My advice for MRL is to make sure your Quality Control Department gets more involved in sizing specifications.
My son was very pleased with the quality of this sword. Price, shipping time, and condition it arrived were perfect. I recommend this company for several purchases and have had consistent service each time.
Beautiful cutlass fits me well I did wrap the grip in leather to break the all brass up a little and I ordered it sharpened and it is very sharp I would recomend this to anyone looking for a cutlass
This is a nicely balanced cutlass. The blade is well made and seems to hold an edge. The one piece brass guard, basket and grip are a problem, however. The grip is small and tapers towards the pommel. Combined with the natural slickness of the bare brass it is easy to lose control of the weapon without a leather glove. Combine this blade with the basket and grip from the Scottish cutlass and I would buy several.
Really impressed with this cutlass. I ordered it sharpened and it is Sharp! Highly recommend this item.