It's lovely. It's also surprisingly wield-able! I almost never give 5 stars, unless the product is fantastic, and this is.
I was worried, buying it from the picture, that the blade might be poorly weighted or slightly warped and no fun to swing. Instead, it's nicely designed with swinging in mind! The base of the blade is thicker and broader than the end, so the blade flexes nicely under its own weight, and the center-of-gravity is only about a foot out from the guard. For something this size, you need to swing with your hips, but it's sturdy enough to swing very very fast. The blade is unsharpened except for the last inch, which is a huge plus for me. The rest of the length is just sharp enough to be uncomfortable lifting by the blade. The edge is thin and square, so if you wanted it sharp, you could probably give it a nice keen with a grinder. The blade is carbon steel (magnetic) and came coated in wax to prevent rust.
The handle and blade both curve, but the blade being much longer curves more gently (difficult to see in the photo). Because the blade is so long, the curve of the handle makes it a little squirly. That said, if you always keep it pointed the right direction, the curve makes it nice to swing from the hip.
The scabbard is quite light and made of wood covered in plastic, which is mottled for a nice visual effect. The guard has a cute little inscription of some sailing people. It's random, but difficult to notice. The pommel has an aardvark... Maybe Sephiroth was into them, who am I to judge? Pleasantly, it's unnoticeable except up very close. The handle appears to be wood covered in ray-skin-textured plastic and cord. It looks nice on the wall and feels nice in the hand. The only blemish was some blow out from a through-hole made for/from the set pins.
All in all, it's a fantastic sword, and exactly what you would want given the picture. If I had the remotest excuse to get another, I would. Enjoy!
Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer) Michael Irving from California on 2/12/2015