I absolutely love this sword. I purchased this Jian a couple of years back from another site; however M.R.'s has a great price. Something they do not mention on here is that Sifu Adam Hsu used a new method of placing small groves in particular places around the hand running down the length of it. The groves are amazing as they help you’re your propioception in the hand that allows for a better feel of the movements, in both solo forms and in sparing, as it help in feeling how much force is being applied by your opponent and weather he/she is feinting or truly striking. This is something that has never been used before in the Jian T’ai Chi sword before. It truly is a masterpiece and any sword lover should have one in their collection.