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Excellent blade. Also wonderful cane for a disabled veteran. I hope I will never need it but glad I have it and have other cold steel blades that are awesome too.
I had read all of the past reviews and was prepared for what to expect; the rattle of the sword in the sheath, dried / broken o-rings, hard to pull the sword out and slippery cane tip.. What I received instead was darn near perfect. The o-rings are in great condition with a slight lubrication making it easy to remove and insert. (Give the handle a slight twist when removing and reinserting will make it very easy.) There is no rattle in the cane at all and I discovered why. I had to cut off about two inches from the bottom to get the best length for me. They have installed a short plastic sheath in the bottom to keep the sword tip from rattling around. The hard rubber tip seems to be okay, but I replaced it when I shortened the tube length. The tip is glued on, I think, and had to be replaced anyway.
The sword itself is very sharp (can easily cut you) without being too sharp (the edge isn't easily chipped). The tube sheath is fairly thick walled and heavy enough to be used as a club.
Like I said - darn near perfect.
I received my cane and am happy with it. A thing to note: the O rings were shot the first time I drew the sword. I was expecting this from previous reviews and was prepared for it. I went to the hardware store and purchased #14 rings which work well. I may try #15 since they are slightly thicker.
Another thing. This cane was designed for someone very tall. I'm 5'8 and also was prepared for this. A fix that I'm going to need to get assistance with as I don't want to cut the shaft myself and risk damage.
Now, on to the smell.....I've heard different options for this from spraying some sort of air freshner inside to putting a dryer sheet inside the shaft. I don't think putting anything with a water base is a good idea inside the shaft rather an oil base as in WD40 or other spray lubricant would work better.
Other then the above and, with a little tweaking I feel that this will work out well.
I own a second of these. They are good canes and excellent weapons but the rubber ring that holds the cane in the shaft is subject to break if you take the blade from the shaft a number of times. The original cane had a rubber shaft that slid into the cane shaft and held it securely. I imagine the new design was created to save production expenses but it isn't as efficient as the original design.
First of all I will say I am overall impressed with Cold Steel's sword cane. To start with it doesn't LOOK like a sword cane. No dragon's head, no button release, it just looks like a cane. I am 250 pounds and have a bad back and bum knee. The big selling point for this cane, aside from the above mentioned appearance, is that it is built to be a cane. Heavy aluminum tube body, rubber pad on the end and a handle that fits nicely in the hand.
the first time taking the sword out was a difficult task. The subsequent times were simple as both of the O-rings crumbled when I removed the sword for the first time. It may be that whatever they use to preserve the blade is too harsh for the rubber O-rings. I had to buy my own rings and custom fit them, but they work just fine. No wiggle, and just enough friction to allow a quick draw of the sword.
The sword is very heavy duty and built for a fight. I wouldn't hesitate to use it or worry about it breaking. The edge is razor sharp and it's built like a tank. Full thickness tang secured by heavy duty pins.
There are a couple of shortcomings. One is endemic to sword canes and that is the lack of any hand guard. A hard thrust into a solid object may just see your hand sliding forward onto the razor sharp blade. This is a known trade off you make with sword canes and one to be mindful of when training/employing it.
The next one is, in my view, a design flaw. Namely, balance. The balance point of this blade is well forward, approximately 6 inches out onto the blade itself. That means you have more of a heavy slashing tool than a well designed "fencer" blade. You have a devastating slash capability, and a very respectable thrust, which I'd recommend doing so by holding the crook of the handle to avoid the forward slide, but not much maneuverability. On the bright side, not too many muggers are carrying rapiers or cutlasses. They are, however, carrying knives which are far faster and more maneuverable. hack slash and thrust and you'll win. Try to 'fence' with them and I'm not so sure. Then again, I don't know too many knife wielding muggers who would hang around when confronted with a whirling razor sharp sword. I am very happy with the purchase.
I am adding an addition to my review. The plastic end on the cane cane be rather slippery when on wet or icy surfaces so I just go to Ace Hardware and but a cane end large enough to fit over the factory end . Black pref. It is only a couple bucks and well worth the price as you will see.
I have two Sword Canes for Cold Steel and I couldn't be happier with any product I ever bought. Sharper than you could imagine, stronger then anyone would expect and the tube is heavy enough for a person of four to five hundred pounds.
Now you must find a way to stop the little ting of the blade tapping the interior of the tube, and you must use spray silicon on the "O" rings at the top. I wish Cold Steel would make something set to the bottom of the tube to hold the tip from moving. I have seen something for holding knives somewhere that has something full of risers for this but can't remember where. Some plastic insert that has a slot for the top to align the blade with on at the bottom would due. but for a temp fix a rag or cork would do for a little while.
This would not deter me from owning one of these remarkable canes though. I am around three hundred pounds and have joint problems. When I go in to the bigger cities I do not want to be the easy target I may appear to be and always take my cane. I do have to weigh the ability to defend myself against any legal issues of having the concealed weapon and the possibility of charges for having it. I think I would rather fight charges than be dead or stabbed by some junkie in a mugging. I always thought that should that situation arise I would poke the cane at them and let them try to pull it away from me allowing them to unsheathe the sword and also making them take a step back in doing so. That is when a sudden lunge forward with the sword fully extended would do its job with them at a bit of a distance. I would take a swat from the sheath while impaling the aggressor.
Of course should they have a gun you may be at odds. Then you have to imagine what your response may be. My son had a very suspicious character follow him to his truck late one night at Wal-Mart. There were no other vehicles that far out so he was alerted when the guy was getting closer behind him. He just turned around and put his hand inside his coat and said I have a gun as___le what you gonna do do now? The guy ran off.
One last thing I have just purchased a dragon walking stick from Cold Steel and am waiting for it to arrive. This thing is wicked too. strong enough to bash an attackers head in and intricately designed enough to be a piece of usable art. Check them out.
Over the years I've had a few mid priced katanas. This HDSC is the first sword that has come close to those for the quality of the blade and edge. My knees have both gone bad. No cartilage in either with bone on bone contact. Very painful. The shaft of the cane is heavy enough to support my 300# frame with stability and no worry of slippage. The blade is the same steel used in cold steels other high end blades. The polish and edge are near as perfect as any sword I have ever owned. All I can say is "wow'. Cold steel has a winner here. Some who worry of the o-rings. The mod I saw here to perform a gentle camphor to the mouth and a little silicone lube is the answer. For those concerned of dulling the blade sliding it in and out of the shaft...I found a plastic muzzle protector for my rifle. It fits very snug in the shaft. I cut an opening for the blade to slide through and placed it on the blade right next to the hilt. Next I inserted the blade in the shaft. Fits perfect, stays in place and keeps the blade from contacting the metal shaft. If you have a slight rattle sound this silents this also. Dibs on this idea if cold steel changes to this!! Cheap mod and works. If your on the fence about a sword cane, This is the one you want. Thanks True Swords and Cold Steel. Also thanks for the good reviews ahead of mine
This sword cane comes razor sharp and built like a tank. An absolutely excellent sword for general use around the property. It cuts through sticks and small limbs easily with one stroke. It would easily cut open an attacking dog anywhere you hit him, or stab him through like butter. I wouldn't use a sword for personal defense without rigorous testing, so I have chopped two x fours in half with this thing, and four inch diameter tree limbs, trying to break it. I would much rather it break in practice than in actual use when I need it. It just keeps going without a dent, and holds an edge forever. I've had mine for four years now, and have cleared my yard of all the tree limbs from every hurricane and storm since then with this sword and my Cold Steel Rajah II Folding Knife alone, just to have an excuse to play with them. I can't say enough good things about either of these Cold Steel Blades, or any other Cold Steel item I've ever purchased. I'm back here ordering another of these sword canes today because a friend of mine is a convicted felon and can't own a gun. I want her to have the best and handiest home-defense weapon that she can legally own, and this sword cane is it. Now she can disembowel burglars without violating probation!
Cold Steel & True Swords have a REAL utility cane with one of the best swords, period.25yr Abn./Spec. Ops vet w/disabilities & I refuse to be handicapped or victim. This gives me the physical support & confidence to go anywhere I need. Blade is as good or better than much pricier katanas. So good I got another. fixt o rings w lil scilicone. Best turnaround from order to delivery in business. 10 stars!!
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