This sword has all amazing features. The only part that looks like it was made more cheaply is the sheath. The sword is solid construction, Welded full tang with a leather and gold wire wrapped grip. I got it sharpened, and the tip is sharp enough to easily break skin, but the edge could use some TLC. If you pay for sharpening, you are paying for an edge to be put on the blade, not for a sharp blade. The construction is great and the price is even greater. The only shortfalls are the sheath and the edge. Everything else is perfect. I give it 5 stars because this sword is worth the cost without the sheath and without the edge put on it. So for the price its a win-win, I just know that MRL has some amazing quality sheaths, but you pay for it. Also on their mastercraft swords, it seems that they put more time into the edge. Check out their mastercraft swords if you are a sword lover, you will not be dissapointed.