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I've had one of these baddies for years now, and i gotta say, for the price, there is literally nothing tougher. If you go around wildly swinging at trees, do expect some dulling of the blade. I have chopped through nails in hunks of wood, and that is what it took to finally get any kind of nick on the heavy blade. Even after some damage, the tough steel and heavy blade make it as capable as any axe to just keep hacking away. If you want a sword to fool around with with reckless abandon, you're in the right place.
Received my Condor Dadao today via UPS. As always, Trueswords got the order out and to my door quickly, the package was very well done (outer box with padding on either end over the original factory box, etc.
Now for the sword. Wow. Just wow. This is one amazing sword. Absolutely full tang (LOL...no question at all with this sword), beautiful 1075 high carbon steel, nice looking hardwood handle, blade nicely tapers, and a leather sheath that is one serious piece of well done leather work. Really, pictures don't do this sword justice...it looks much better in person. Blade came perfectly sharp for this type of blade where you don't want too sharp a blade (for fear of rolling it when doing serious cutting, etc.).
Speaking of cutting, I blew my son's mind cutting with it. Dual cardboard boxes it came with? Absolutely no problem. The real test was the giant (is it gallon sized) Arizona Ice Tea bottle filled with water. Those bottles are tough plastic, and my son's Cold Steel sabre can't come close to cutting through one of these bottles. One cut, without too much effort I might add, and I split that Arizona Ice Tea bottle clean in half! Water sprayed everywhere (including all over me), and the blade made a sound that had me worried for a second it had split/cracked in some way. After thorough inspection, though, the blade was totally fine...no damage at all.
Despite being a true sword (and not a machete at all...this is built, apart from the guard, like a classic Chinese dadao, I could see using this not just for practice cutting but to chop down a tree if you ever needed to. I don't think anything could truly hurt this blade.
I am absolutely head over heels in love with this sword, but if I could I'd give it a 4.5 simply because the handle is too flat/thin for my tastes. I'll be wrapping it - either with paracord in a traditional Chinese wrap or in leather like Hanwei did with their Military Dadao (which is no longer produced).
All in all...you cannot go wrong with this sword. Get it, you won't regret it.
First off, as always Trueswords got it to my door in a heartbeat. Shipping is always ALWAYS top notch.Second, I'm slightly disappointed because I expected something a hellova lot larger than what I got. Though it feels solid, one huge slab of steel with the wood handle, feels nicely balanced and all just... tiny.I should of went ahead and got the Cold Steel Greatsword over this. So I'm somewhere in between glad I bought it, and wishing I had bought another.Curse me for rushing through it cause I saw it was back in stock.
just recieved it today ,the shipping was perfect and fast...nice too the feel and good weight...love the full tang and 1075 carbon,very pleased with this product...do yourself a favor and get one,you wont be dissapointed...thank you for a great durable sword...
Do yourself a favor and get one of these. It is manufactured by Condor and is stamped El Salvador on one side and Condor on the other. The blade on mine came very sharp for a hunk of steel this thick. I would say that this piece is beautiful enough for the wall, but would also definitely stand up to heavy abuse. I was so pleased with this sword that I forgot about the sheath that was in the bottom of the box. It is nice thick leather with 2 snaps and the Condor logo imprinted on it. Very nice fit and finish on this one folks. I highly recommend it!
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