This is an intimidating and highly effective weapon! This sword is an excellent example of the dadao (Mandarin for "big sword" or "great sword"). The massive, wide blade gave this sword the ability to cut through armor, not to mention flesh and bone, with ease! Chinese soldiers used this type of weapon well into the 20th century. This battle ready model measures 37 3/4" overall and features a 23 1/4" blade constructed from 1055 carbon steel. It may look clumsy, but the weight forward aspect of the 14" cord wrapped grip, S-shaped guard, and steel ring pommel give this sword a balance that results in a unbelievably fast and agile weapon! This item also includes a leather scabbard. This is sure to be a prominent object in any sword collection! Cold Steel, 88CWS.