I have purchased 4 different swords at 4 different times from 3 retailers. But this "Blue Dragon" is a real winner! Now you also must bear in mind that this sword is "only" used for practice, and display. I wouldn't reccomend using this sword for compitition or fighting. The sword came in with oil on the blade (good thing) and a slight edge. After cleaning and sharpening the blade is stunning and a real beauty!! I give 5 of 5 stars.The blue laquered scabbard is also really nice to look at!!!