After UPS screwed up the delivery of this item and I had to go to downtown Los Angeles to retrieve it, I opened the box to find a dark brown stained wooden case. Opening it up revealed the sword in it's black bag, a small cleaning kit with powder ball, awl/brass hammer, mineral oil and a soft cloth. I took the sword out of it's bag and was immediately impressed y the detail of the wrapping, the fitted pins holding the blade in place inside the handle, and of the blade itself. This sword is extremely sharp right out of the box, but covered in grease and sawdust from the wooden scabbard, but cleaned up very nicely with the enclosed kit. I was a little disappointed when, after cleaning and sheathing it, I redrew the blade to find it covered with grease and sawdust again. I imagine this will go away with time and use as the offending materials work their way out of the scabbard, but it's kind of a pain to have to clean it every time I show it off. I did not buy this sword as a display piece, I bought it for home defense, and I feel better already just having it around. It's heavy, solid (no wobble or give to the blade or fittings at all), and reliable. I'm going to shop around and see if I can't find a replacement scabbard, but if you need a sword for recreational or personal USE, this is your deal. All in all, totally worth the money, this sword will be with me for many, many years.
- Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes