What can I really say negative about this training weapon? It is one bad girl. Excellent balance and feel, adequate and safe blade flex, an almost epic/magical reputation, and a damn sexy blade with a an obviously skilled and consistent scrolled safety tip. This sword is amazing to train with. It would be hard pressed to find anything better out there today IMO. The only little gripe I can even bear to muster is the lack of the finish luster. It's rough, and there is some slightly uneven grinding that took place around the schilt, But that is just cosmetic and moot to me for a training weapon that will be taking it's dues. Besides, I imagine I will love this weapon even more after a 12 more hours of hand polishing to fine mirror finish and that's only because I enjoy doing such fine things. I believe everyone who handles Longsword should own one of these beautiful specimens of modern weapon smithery!