This has fast become my favorite sword for dry handling and non-contact training. Seriously, its light, fast and well balanced and a total joy to wield. Now, the negative thing is that Windlass got the blade profile totally wrong. A Type XVII like this should have a hexagonal blade cross section, but it doesn't. Instead, it uses a standard lenticular section, or a flat bar hammered into a lenticular section. As a result, it isn't nearly as stiff as an Oakeshott Type XVII should be like its prototype in Cambridge. These blades were optimized for thrusting and were known for their stiffness, unlike the Windlass version which is seriously whippy and bendy. Now, having said that I still love mine. While I haven't cut with it, I have seen others who have, and it functions well in that regard. The tip is also seriously sharp and a little bit intimidating, just as it should be.
Anyway, I'm giving it a 4/5 stars sue to the blade type inaccuracy. If Windlass is going to claim its a replica of a specific sword (this one is in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge) then they need to replicate the proper blade profile. For all other matters, this one is a keeper.
Sword was exactly as expected. Wonderful balance, sharp edge, no Knicks or blemishes in the steel. Wonderful overall. My one complaint would be the scabbard, it was dented/curved at the tip. This could have happened during shipping. In any event, it doesn't detract from the sword quailty.
Dollar for dollar, this likely the best sword available anywhere. 5-star fit, finish, edge, steel and looks. Handles beautifully, balanced perfectly for two hands and handles great single handed.
This is my first sword purchase and I could not be more impressed with the quality or workmanship that has gone into this weapon!!!