Pros: Finish, Blade Material, None
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material
Great as practice short sword
This is clearly a cross between a short sword and machete. I purchased them for double sword practice hoping they would be a little heavy to build strength and agility. They are serving perfectly for my purposes. The standard is a bit odd if one was actually trying to use it as a machete or as a tactical sword. Perfect storage for my purposes. The hilt windings are a bit loose, making for sloppy handling. I will probably rewind them more tightly using some tack on the inner facing. The steel is very good and very sharp. I haven't used them for machete cutting so I can't comment on how well it keeps its edge, but given the quality of the steel, I bet it is pretty good. I am very happy with my purchase and feel like I got quite a bargain. If handling is impetative, plan on rewinding the hilt cords.