_I have collected swords, both eastern and western, for over 30 years now, and I finally bought this model out of curiosity. It is far better in both quality and design than I expected. This is a good quality blade. The steel is a good, rigid, stainless variety that seems to hold its edge. You could chop through a fence pole with it and it would not fold up on you._While this is not a full-length katana, it is of a good useable length for use in tight quarters- it is also easily drawable from your back with..
Revised 22 Feb 2007.I was looking for a high-end machete when I ran across this little sword by United Cutlery (UC) in Cabela's catalog, where it is sold as a "slimline machete," not a "ninja sword."It's ground from a single piece of 420 J2 stainless steel with nylon cord wrapped around the hilt. This choice of steel is questionable for any blade over 12 inches. If it is heat treated to a hardness adequate for edge retention, it tends to be brittle, resulting in chipping of the edge or even catastrophic fai..
Bought this sword as my first sword, it came a day early, but the package was squished a little and when I opened it up the handle of the sword was bent at a 90° angle I bent it back but now it feels very weak like it will snap if I hit it against something, came fairly sharp but once I put it through a Smith's 2 step sharpener it was razor sharp, also the sheath was not a kydex sheath it's a very flimsy nylon sheath that rips and tears easily, I read the reviews for this and other people got a hard sheath..