The sword itself is beautiful and perfectly weighted. The only problem is the handle. The "faux ivory grip" looks like plastic piping from someone's bathroom. I would have returned it for the simpler model (without the "faux ivory") but since I had it sharpened that was not an option.
All in all, this is a beautiful piece that is solid and well-crafted. But I have given it only three stars due to a glaring tragic flaw: the faux ivory grip is terrible! Very tacky (like cheap plastic) that destroys the beauty of an otherwise satisfactory sword. Furthermore, I'm concerned that over time it will become brittle and crack (in mid-swing?), given the blade's own hefty weight. Indeed, I would return it in favor of the Pompeii, which has a solid wood grip, but I ordered it sharpened so that's that, apparently. Disappointing.
Beautiful piece of craftsmanship. I am a scholar and teacher of Roman history and I use it in lectures as an audio visual aid and my students are constantly impressed with it. A real piece of history!
I love, love this sword. I have wanted a sword from Museum Replicas ever since I was a kid so this fulfills a childhood dream. The craftsmanship is excellent, the sword itself is beautiful and it exudes a sense of deadliness that is hard to describe.
Magnificent sword! Very well-made, outstanding steel quality.
Windlass' costumer support is also flawless. I would like to extend specially high regards to Mr. Praadep, who was very kind and supportive.
The faux ivory hilt is very beautiful to look at. The numerous ridges on the hilt make for a very tight and secure hold. Well-balanced and nice sword