DISREGARD THE LAST REVIEW.
Bamboo is a hard target and should only be used for cutting exercises by advanced martial arts practitioners with several years of training. Also, only fresh, moist GREEN bamboo should be used. Form and cutting angle of the blade must be exact when hitting a hard target. A scooped cut is a bent blade. Dry bamboo should NEVER be used in cutting exercises. I've owned several Masahiro swords (all the blades in this price range are the same) and for the money, they are a durable sword suitable for occasional use on SOFT targets such as pool noodles and water bottles. (Keep in mind that cutting water bottles with scratch the fudge out of the finish on $100, $1,000, even a $10,000 sword) They are even fairly attractive looking for what you're investing. For the sake of getting across a point, anyone with no martial arts experience who orders a 1040 steel sword hardened to RC 45 and starts cutting hard targets with it (wood, dry bamboo, drywall, PVC pipe, refrigerators, car doors, other silly things)is irresponsible and just wasting money. Solid wood targets thicker than 2 fingers, and bamboo targets thicker than 3 fingers should NEVER Be attempted. Please cut responsibly and in an area away from others!
Reviewed by: Klus Minder from E. McK, PA on 4/23/2019