"Disgusting" was my first reaction out of the box. I has a rubber handle that looks like it belongs on a (cheap) child's toy. That was the good news, the bad news is that the rubber handle is blocky, sticky, creepy, and uncomfortable to use. Good idea poorly executed, it would be a winner with a ergonomic wooden handle. Fit, finish, and sheath good within the price range. Blade seems short, but is historically accurate so no beef there. Semi-sharp, but bevel is established and would not be hard to touch up with a finer stone.
I bought it as a secondary self defense weapon to replace a 14 inch machete. I will try rounding and trimming handle with a belt sander. To replace the handle with wood would be difficult because of the complex design.
Suggestion for Windlass: Same knife with carbon steel and wooden handle.
GREAT blade but handle wasn't well made one side of the handle was way off from the other and the rubber handle needed some shaving to make feel less edgy. Sheath good for carrying. Chops ok for real woods application pretty cool zombie blade though and good steel.
The Cobra Steel Lakonia has met or perhaps exceeded all expectations. It was purchased for my son for Christmas and he loves it. The quality is superb. Solid and ready. The sheath with belt loop is sturdy and constructed appropriately to fit the blade.
Definitely worth the purchase for the $. Now I know why it was on back order. It's popular for a reason.
Great blade next to none as a stabbing weapon,i wouldent call it razor sharp but sharp enough for sure overall excellent weapon
When I ordered this blade it was on back order for a couple of months, but it was well worth the wait! Took this sword for a "use" test run on compressed cardboard along with several other swords and was thoroughly impressed! It slashed almost as good as a standard machete with stabbing penetration that was unmatched. The rubbery handle allowed absolutely no slip at any time. The hits were absolutely solid with no vibration. I have taken this blade on hiking trips and it works wood wonderfully. I am wholly convinced that this blade cannot be beat for the price and highly recommend it as a survival blade. For those that fixate on sheaths - it is very heavy, riveted leather so if you are like me and splash through rain and rivers you might want to keep it oiled to prevent drying and cracking over time. It is also very tight and will hold water so if you do splash be sure to keep it emptied out. I can understand why the Mediterranean peoples favored this sword type for hundreds of years.
An absolutely perfectly functional, and authentic Spartan shores, sort for what I paid for it. I was expecting much, much less even the leather that the sheik is made out of his top quality and historically accurate! Comes razor-sharp from the factory. I thought I might have to touch it up, but after I got a hold of it, I decided it was already hair popping perfectly balanced. The group is well made! And has a nice tough run a rubbery texture to it! I can definitely understand with the geometry of the blade and the way it slices through things, and that he's that it would be to sharpen it. Why the Spartans chose this sword over the co-ops is there's only one thing that I would warn you about purchasing this it is definitely high carbon becomes in packing grease get the packing grease off before you insert it into the. She's and immediately heated up with a hairdryer and apply thin layer of oil to the entire blade, I failed to do this in three days later had a few spots already start to show up on it so it is definitely high carbon steel above to the spots out applied oval and have had no further problems. It is beautifully balanced and perfectly functional!!!
Great sword, especially for the price. I got this as a graduation present, and I couldn't be happier.
Another windlass steel winner.Well made.
I would give this knife six stars. I love the shape of the blade and the handle is very comfortable. I would highly recommend this knife to anyone looking for a weapon of this size.
Great sword at a good price, I replaced the rubber handle with micarta and like it even better.
This is a awsome short sword ar a great price. Great quality, full tang and very sharp. I'm really happy with this sword