Arrived completely dull. Unlike Jared, handle is in good shape. Since I bought this because it is referenced in a science fiction novel, I can live with its dullness until I sharpen it.
This bolo is absolutely great, I love the Krag-style hanger & if the entire reverse edge was sharp it would remind me of short Gladiolus. This item is more than worth the price; I highly recomend this one.
Jared - Sorry you had problems with your purchase. We are looking into the issues you mentioned, in the meantime feel free to return the knife for a refund.
Sticker on blade says "Made in India". Only sharpened on one side, completely flat on the other side of the blade. Serious issue for such a thick blade. Seems to make the knife twist in my hand with every chop. Handle is welded to blade to make it full tang...welded very badly. Not sure if it will stay together. Handles do not fit very well. Filled in with wood-putty to fit. Putty started to fall out as soon as I started chopping. Would have been ok for say $20. Paid $100. Was expecting better quality. Was actually expecting a semi-custom reproduction. Find it hard to believe the original would have been made like this for our troops...even 100 years ago. I hope this is not typical of Windlass Steelcrafts. Bought this knife for combat use but would NOT use it for such without major alterations.Could be made combat worthy with some major grinding and re-welding. The handles would not be much of an issue for combat use but for $100 they should fit without putty. Very disappointing.