I sat on the fence on this for a long time until the discounts earlier in the year made it too tempting. I read one bad review elsewhere but decided to risk it and found it was worth it! This is no chintzy fantasy blade but a very hefty and functional piece! Every fellow martial artist or Medieval re-enactor I've shown this to concurs. As I am especially fond of wielding single-edged, curved blades, this is a unique and welcome addition! Any modifications such as changing the hilt, the grinding of the edge, or changing the scabard are easy enough to do. Get this while you can!