Bought this on "Deal of the Day" and it arrived like a rocket. Sharpening job was just OK, but I can work on that. Astounded how light snd nimble it felt, compared to the few other sabres I had handled, in the scabbard it felt TOO light, but then I tested it with it's none too sharp edge on hedges and bushes, and WOW confidence returned. A great cutter, nimble, cuts heavy stuff and the blade just tracks, you feel very much in control. I saw some reviewers elsewhere call it "clunky", I can't imagine what they're comparing this to. My idea of a "practical sword", I'm very satisfied.