Leonard, you are comparing apples to oranges when it comes to these two swords. The BudK version is nowhere near as this one from Atlanta Cutlery; I have looked at both of them and I would prefer to pay the extra money for a "HIGH QUALITY" sword that looks as well as it performs. I'd even feel comfortable framing the Atlanta Cutlery version; however the BudK version would more than likely only reach my garage after testing the BudK's sword for strength, probably wouldn't even clean the BudK version. The Atlanta Cutlery one I'd test, clean, and then take care of if it didn't immediately go into a frame. Apples and oranges Leonard.