if did not post here the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syePqzcTbQQ
Before anyone said anything, I was holding it under my arm by the handle with the blade facing down. The handle is almost as long as the blade so the blade was far away from my body.
Sword Specifications(taken from coldsteel website)
Blade Length: 19"
Overall Length: 35 1/2"
Steel: 1055 Carbon Steel w/ Black Baked on Anti Rust Matte Finish
Weight: 33 oz
Blade Thickness: 2.8 mm
Handle: 16 1/2" Long Polypropylene
paid 26$ with free S&H on amazon
Well I was looking at getting at getting the Jubei Lion Dog Wakizashi for heavy cutting but I got cheap and got the cold steel two handed katana machete. overall this is a good weapon but all those that said(on youtube like zombie go boom) it as good as a battle ready katana(they start at 40+ and go up) it really not. the cold steel two handed katana machete is in the same class as the Chinese dadao and German großes Messer that it's not a sophisticated sword but an agricultural tool that wield by people of larger stature and physical strength it can give you considerable slashing and chopping power. the blade kind of light and thin so it take a little more force then a Wakizashi to cut things.
As i said in my video it really easy to sharpen and i used a very cheap Aluminum Oxide 2 Sided stone (one side is really coarse grit and other side is a little finer grit) to sharpen it and if you have sharpen a machete before then you know how to sharpen this. I spent about 30 mins sharping (10 passes on the coarse and 30 on the fine side) and it got really sharp
the blade has a black baked-on coating but comes off just a little everytime you use or clean it but even after heavy use the balde is still black,I guess it just the extra piant comeing. It's also really easy to throw like a spear if that what you want. the tip on this weapon penetrates most targets like a spear so i guess it a tanto spear point
One last thing on the blade is that it's very durable and will not bend at all (i tried to bend it and even with my full body weight into i could not. I am 165 LB).
The handle, which said cold steel on it and has a lanyard hole on the bottom, is very long and give this weapon a weird feel when you use it. It feels like it should be a long weapon or like you are useing a pole arm like a scythe or a nagamaki. Some people say the handle on it is too smooth and plain and on the point of being plain it is but it's really not all that smooth. I used it a lot and had no problems with it but i did add some black electrical tape for extra grip were i grip it at and add some pink shoe strings on the top grip because i liked the look.
Now when it come it ok sharp but after a few use it needs sharping and after you sharpen it the 1st time you get a real machete sword. I used it on wood both hard and soft, 1gal milk and hard High C jugs, and just about every target i could find. It well balance for one handed use but it works best with 2 hands. I not sure if i left anything out but if i did just ask.
to sum it: it's not a katana or a Wakizashi and on it size it falls closer to a CHISA KATANA and because of its long handled you have to wear this thing across your back. To me it's the best pick of all the cold steel 2 handed machetes and makes a cool machete sword. I like short swords and it does everything a better sword could do but it's so long!! I love short swords and that what I am used to using, something that i could carry on my belt. If the zombies did come yeah i would pick this as my back sword but i would grab my other short sword for my belt.
i give it the princess luna seal of approval