Exceptional sword, a must have for any beginner
I ordered this sword from an ally of trueswords (swordcompany). Since trueswords don't ship to Canada, they recommended swordcompany.
While waiting for my international delivery, I was checking out some stuff online about proper sword care, I stumbled onto this wonderful piece of sword heaven. I accidentally found a link to the review for this sword, and was glad I didnt throw yet another penny into the wind (since my first buy was the horrible stainless steel Kill Bill sword with a poor hamon made with a grinder (with no skill whatsoever). The sword finally came today and I must say, I am impressed.
The handle was tightly wrapped. The so called ray skin... actually looked a lot more like ray skin than I imagined it would. It still doesn't compare to the real stuff, but who is going to know besides me... I searched and searched for the faint hamon, and surprisingly enough, a laser pointer at the right angle showed a definite line. True that the blade is not as shiny as it could be, but it still beats my crappy stainless steel S.L.O. I am very happy with this purchase, and would definitely recommend it.