Musashi Swords make samurai swords that are fully functional yet uniquely designed. The sword blades are created using high carbon steel, they are then tempered and quenched for a consistent hardness, durability and strength. Musashi swords are shipped sharpened and can be disassembled for maintenance and cleaning. This is an awesome light duty cutter at a price that beats many stainless steel replicas and display swords. Why buy just a "wall hanger" when you can have a fully functional katana for the same price?