Pros: Usable, Handle Material, Blade Material, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Materials, Sheath/Scabbard
This one is a mixed bag for many people... I received this as a gift from a friend who knows only one single thing about blades...that I'm a huge fan. So I cannot judge too harshly on something that firstly was a gift and secondly was in the ballpark of things that I like... That aside I have seen a couple of videos on YouTube and a number of written reviews that seem to really hate on this, "sword" (some people have referred to it strictly as a machete, I think it's more of a poor person's sword). Personally I like it a lot because of the huge huge huge thing that people seem to forget. It's unbeatable price! United Cutlery seem to have a stranglehold on making "fantasy" things or really anything cool looking but sometimes not functional and they do a decent job given how little they sometimes charge. This blade hangs on my wall in the sheath (no lies, the sheath could be a lot better, be warned it does not lock into the sheath and can come out of it simply from being banged around too much). Initially I had no plans to sharpen it, it came with a semi usable edge, but eventually I got one on it (I only use stones, so I imagine this is a lot easier with a machine). Again the big selling point here is the price, and let's face the fact that it does look neat. If you're looking for a gift to give someone, like a "my first sword" to someone, this couldn't hurt... Unless you stab them with it.