This is a pretty hefty sword. The blade is long and broad, and has a thickened ridge near the back that would undoubtedly be useful for parrying, especially since the weapon has no guard to speak of.
Mine arrived with a slightly bent blade that, judging by the box, was the fault of the shipping company, so I won't remove any stars for that. It's only a 3-4 degree bend near the tip of the blade, so it's still serviceable.
My only complaint about this otherwise vicious weapon is that the grip is very thick and the squared corners are uncomfortable to hold. I do have small hands, but this is the first sword to really feel uncomfortable in my grasp. If the scales used to make the sword were perhaps 1/8th of an inch thinner and rounded a bit more, I'd give this sword five stars.