What hell, pay attention
The first SS sword I bought was back in the mid 70's, and it was one of the few that was actually made of steel that could be used. Most back then were some kind of white/pot metal and meant for display only.Any sword made in SS....is also known as a "SLO".....and is meant ONLY for display......
just read this....
That first SS blade took a lot of hard abuse, and would likely still be going strong, if I hadnt lost it. The second SS blade has also taken a lot of abuse too, and it too has held up well.
The one thing Ive had the most trouble with, has been the grip/handle. They are made of plastic, and at some point, the wrap will come apart, and the handle itself will break, especially if youre using them hard.
That, and the collar that holds the tsuba on can break, letting it come off.
Even though they work for what Ive been using them for over the years, they really arent made for actual use, other than maybe cutting melons at demos.
I kind of doubt those selling them actually think they will get any kind of use beyond something like that. Still, the blades seem to hold up OK, and the design seems to work well, even if they are lacking in some of the other parts.
I also bought a similar type sword a number of years back, I think it was off Bud K. It has a full tang, steel blade with wood panels. The blade is more straight, like the "ninja" type swords they sell, and appears to be Indian in origin. The metal is crappy, doesnt hold any kind of edge, and its a terrible cutter. It actually hurts your hands to cut with it. Kind of looks the part though, but thats about it.
Id say, if you want a sword specifically to fight with, then you should probably buy one meant for that. My guess is, youll probably pay to much for something youll never actually use or be able to vet, but, youll have what you want. If youre going to do that, probably best to get some training with it as well. Might as well know how to use it.
Just keep in mind, and even though its a movie, that scene from Indiana Jones was very likely prophetic and "real world". I know Id just shoot you if you pulled it on me. :