* You can view this product in my 1080p YouTube video at https://youtu.be/O71GvoESsBc
Delivery was fast and only took 12 days from the date of purchase to being delivered at my door. Item overall quality left me speechless and almost completely satisfied. Unfortunately the beautiful blade fold marks featured in the stock photos are barely visible after the standard manufacturing polish process, but they're still somewhat visible under medium dim light. A small sacrifice in order to give the steel better protection against rust while giving the blade a glossy and shiny finish at the same time.
Custom engraved laser fonts look smooth, but hand carving would've been a lot more appreciated. FYI engraving only shows on one side. Double Bo-hi looks amazing on the blade and helps distinguish this mid-tier katana from the cheaper replicas. The color scheme and design both make this sword a collector's must have. The katana's overall quality is very high for its price of just under USD $400. This is a true bargain in my honest opinion, and feels just one step below a $$$$ Elite Katana.
First Impression, sturdy and smooth to the touch thanks to its quality leather ito wrap. It also features a near perfect center of gravity. Along with its 60HRC steel, all materials used feel expensive and tightly precise, even alloy components feel like pure cast iron. The sheath feels sturdy and pleasant to the touch and works in perfect harmony with the blade, specially during the drawing and sheathing of the blade. With the right amount of care and discipline this katana will last you a lifetime.
Thank so much for taking the time to do such a great and detailed review and the unboxing video is great! We take your feedback on board and look into having an option for engraving to be laser or handmade, so people can choose their preference. We are super happy to hear that you liked the sword, we hope you enjoy it for many years!
Thanks - The American BladesPro Team