Connor Chamberlain - 16 Feb 2017
After having this blade for over half a year now and having gone to competition with it twice I have to say this is overall a very good blade for practicing and fighting side sword. I do however have a few complaints that have shown up over use. First off the plastic handle was really uncomfortable until I sewed a leather wrap onto it. The plastic would become very hard to hold very quickly if you were working without gloves and made using the blade hard. The other issue I found was the softness of the guard. While the blade has held up really well to heavy cuts even from longswords, the guard has taken some heavy pitting and the knuckle bow was bent onto the pommel the first day of heavy sparring. On the good side the blade feels great in the hand and is nimble enough to deal with and even train rapier (though it is a bit short for that). Even with the soft steel of the guard it protects your hand very well and hasn't distorted past that small bend of the knuckle bow. One last thing is my blade came with a slight S shaped set in the blade, it is minor and doesn't show during sparring. The set hasn't gotten worse over the half year of heavy use (8 hours minimum fighting other blades a week) so I assume it was probably just a slight off on my blade.