First problem blade I have received from MRL... out of the box I notice the brass extention of the hilt running down the forte is standing 1/4" off the blade either side(will need to drill and pin this with a brass rod then fill with devcon). The blade, sorry to say is 'whippy', one shake and it rattles between said extention of the hilt. One stroke and the pommel rotated in my hand causing the loose fitting wood grip to crack/split(will disassemble, glue wood, fill with devcon, center and hope for the best). I still gave it 3 stars for looks alone.
December 15, 2009