This is a beautiful weapon. It is light in the hand, unlike some other replicas. The cross and scabbard fittings seem to have an unusual finish, and almost feel like they are of some material that is not steel, but a magnet reveals that there is at least some iron content. The scabbard seems overly large, but it accommodates the curve of the blade perfectly. The grip is a bit short and small for my hand, but that is only a minor flaw.
Surprisingly nice. Handle is a bit small for the hands but its lightning fast. I like this sword very much. Product lost a star because "Made by Windlass" is laser etched onto the blade. It seems only some swords are coming this way. Must be from a certain forge. And no its not the normal ink stuff that comes off with a dime. This is definitely laser etched. Kills the authenticity factor of the blade.
I love this thing. It is beautiful! Light and useable at the same time !
I saw all of the '5 star' reviews and felt obligated to offer a dissenting opinion.
Firstly, the handle is ridiculously tiny in both length and thickness, and barely fit within my, what I consider to be average sized hand.
Secondly, four days after receiving this sword, I dropped it on the DIRT; not on the cement or concrete or a wood floor, but just regular old dirt, and the handle exploded at the bulb, and on one side...
It probably just fell at the worst possible angle, but it was really quite shocking. The only reason I give this a 2, is because the blade itself is very sturdy and durable, and still holds up with it's now 100% duct tape handle...
An absolutely outstanding weapon; great balance for the type and frightenly quick; this scimitar is dangerous when sharpened and it can deliver ferocious draw cuts. It is one of your absolutely best offerings. The grip and quillions appear to be closely derived from a weapon captured by Capt.Decatur (USN)in the Tripoli pirate suppressions. If I'm not mistaken, he carried the weapon regularly for the rest of his Naval career. Joe Brown.