This is an excellent reproduction model of a Japanese nodachi. The nodachi was carried by foot soldiers as a weapon against cavalry, and could only be used in the open and not inside or in close ranks due to its length. It enjoyed greater cutting capability and range than a katana due to its size and weight, but was far more difficult to wield. This item measures 57" overall and features a 34" blade of 1055 carbon steel. The handle is covered in ray skin and wrapped in black braid cord, and offers brass menuki. This massive sword black lacquered wood sheath and blue violet cover bag. This is an outstanding item to add to any sword collection! Cold Steel, 88BN.