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This is an incredible weapon. Massive design makes the Sword feel huge in your hands, yet it's elegantly balanced so it doesn't have too much weight unbalanced. The blade is black and sleek and gorgeous. The whole design has a very dark, sinister feel to it, as if it were a sword made for the villian to wield. I absolutely love it, it's immediately become one of my new favorite swords in my collection. I would highly recommend, especially for the price, you're getting an amazing weapon for the cost of an entry level katana, I feel it's definitely worth it.
The picture is a bit misleading, as the habaki isn't gold, but rather the same color as the tsuba and other fittings. The sword came with some minor blade damage, including several small nicks and a slightly bent upper third of the blade. However, the bend was easily fixed by placing it into a vice and carefully readjusting it. Also, The tsuba rattles slightly when swung. As these issues are specific to my blade, I wouldn't worry too much about them if you're thinking about buying the sword. Every blade is different.
Speaking of the blade, it has a beautiful geometry. There are two fullers. The wider of the two stops about a third of the way down the blade's length, while the narrower one almost reaches the tip. The second half of the sword is also double beveled, though only the side meant for cutting is sharpened. The tip is fully formed and very sharp, but isn't perfectly symmetrical upon close inspection, but that's to be expected when dealing with a cheaper sword like this.
The handle feels sturdy, but the wrapping isn't very tight. It shifts when swung, revealing the wood of the handle. It's nothing major, but still a nuisance. It makes me wonder how well the wrapping would fare during heavy cutting. If I had to guess, not well at all. The rayskin is also crudely cut and put into place, so that it's sticking out at the edges.
If you're like me, and upon arrival the black oxide finish doesn't look as cool as imagined, it's easy to remove with nail polish removal, leaving behind a nicely shaded, more traditional silver color. Unfortunately, the logo and numbering are etched in, and no amount of nail polish remover will get rid of them, though once the oxide finish is stripped away the logo becomes far less easier to notice.
The blade handles moderately well. Its point of balance is about five inches from the handle. It feels nimble, and is easy to control. My blade came very sharp, and cut with ease when doing light test cutting (water bottles, jugs, cans, etc.) As said before, I'm not sure how the sword would handle heavy cutting.
While it has a lot of issues, it's price more than makes up for them. It's rare to find a nice odachi (meaning, one that doesn't fall apart when swung) at this price, and if you're looking for one for light test cutting or to hang on the wall, you'll likely be satisfied.
The is the first Odachi sword I brought. It was cover in oil,so I clean the sword first.The sword has a nice edge,the handle on the sword was tight and it cut through four milk jugs full of water with little effort on my end.It is well balanced and I feel it can easily cut through a man with no issues.
It is worth the money.My only complaint was the logo and the number on the blade.Made it look like a mall brand store,but it is truly a battle ready sword.
Well after having it for a day I can say that this is indeed a fine piece of metal. The only reason I am giving it 4 as opposed to 5 stars is for the scabbard. Still wood shavings inside from a lack of cleaning which were covering the blade when I first opened it. I understand the coating of oil but the shavings and dust were a bit unsightly. After a cleaning of my own, the blade itself is gorgeous, the handle, tsuba, and fittings are all sound. Although only for bit of decor, this is an action ready sword and simply out of respect I have no other option but to go blow another 20$ on fruit and other cuttables, and have myself a day of slice-em-up before retiring it to the wall
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