Better than the Cold Steel version, but could be improved
It's a good start to a practice weapon, I think. However, there should be some changes, maybe in a later revision or Version 2.
I like the feel overall, but the balance is quite a bit off. I would consider introducing a distal taper, and possibly reinforcing the hilt and pommel with steel to prevent bend/flex of the hilt. Together, that would A) add a little weight to the overall sword, bringing it closer to the weight of a longsword and B) place the balance closer to the guard where it should be. Center of gravity should be roughly 4 to 5 inches up the blade from the guard. This sword's center of gravity is closer to 10 inches from the guard.
For safety reasons, I would round off the point considerably. I plan to modify mine and sand off about a half inch of the point.
I haven't used it, but took a chance on buying it because I liked the taper, and overall shape, thin guard, oval hilt.
Overall, I do like the product, but it could be improved to be more accurate in both weight and balance.
- James, August 08, 2020 | Verified Purchase
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