This saber is pretty great for the price. A little stiff so that worries me at times so keep in mind to keep control of thrusts. Also hits a little hard so there is a level of control needed for safe sparring. Definitely recommend only fencers wearing full kit and proper arm protection to fence with it. It's great conditioning for your arms. The grip could do a bit better but not terrible so some grip tape will add to a better grip. Otherwise it's a pretty solid piece and a lot of fun parrying for days.