I bought this gladius because 1- I collect swords, and 2- I've never gotten a bad product from cold steel. Out of the box, the tip is needle sharp. The actual edge of the blade, however, had a wicked burr on it. That wouldn't be a problem, as that is best when using a machete, but it was catching on the inside of the sheathe and shredding it. A few passes over my whet stone was sufficient to reduce the burr enough that it didn't catch anymore. Be careful when doing this, as the blade is razor sharp on both sides. One other thing that bothered me was that the coating on the blade was worn out a bit when I got it. That isn't a big issue, as it will wear off eventually anyway with use. The handle is made out of high impact polypropylene. It feels like it is cheap plastic, but it is not. I have smashed it off of rocks and trees more times than I care to count, and there isn't even a scratch on it. The sheathe is exactly what I expected it to be. The buckle holds the machete in place securely. The sheathe is quite durable. It has a plastic plate near the tip that helps the sheathe hold its shape. This is very helpful when trying to insert the blade back into the sheathe. It also helps with the durability. I've used this product numerous times in the woods to clear out paths. I've also used it to cut down small trees. It had held up wonderfully, and I've yet to have the need to sharpen it again. All in all, this is a excellent quality product. I would definitely recommend this product to both people who collect this kind of stuff, and those who would use it in the field.
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