Eighteen inches of deadly steel with beautifully carved exotic iron-wood handle in an ornate scabbard with locking spring lock retainer. This weapon is weighted forward for easily hacking a potential target accurately yet it is still effective for thrusting when needed. The unusual “saw looking” hook can be very handy when used in medium or close ranges. Our steel blends of 5160 and D2 with a sodium nitrate heat treatment makes for a lighter, harder steel making it razor sharp and amazingly quick. During multi-man attacks back in those days, one can only imagine how well this sword worked. Once you feel it, you will understand this claim made here.