I got the dish hilted ones because they were the only ones left.I like them and only got them for practice.The balance is ok how ever I got two and one was tight and the other one a little loose. I also did wrap the handles because the wire on wood does bite into your hand if you dont wear gloves. I also noticed the pommel is not the same as was in the picture.I feel they could have been a whole better made but for 30 dollars I feel they will be fine for all the practicing I am going do with them.
July 05, 2012
Weight's fine; point of balance is about four inches above the shell.
The brass wire on the grip is only a loose, braided affair that makes handling it very uncomfortable without gloves. It's a good idea to do so, wrap the hilt in something else, remove the wire altogether, or both.
The coating on the blade chips readily, and both swords I ordered arrived with patches of rust on them. One was built solidly, the other has a shell and crossguard that rattle and shift a lot.
April 10, 2012