A true Hanwei Classic this is actually one of their best swords ever, and not just 'for the price'. It's just a really well made sword. Every collector should have at least one Banshee in their collection. MSRP $275
It's one of their finest and most affordable blades, so its a mystery it's so rarely in stock. But when it is, snap it up - this is an extremely well engineered cutting blade - Hanwei at its finest for entry level swords. It's also been extensively reviewed on SBG years ago by ShooterMike Harris - where he literally shoots it and, to cut a long story short:
I shot .45 ACP caliber bullets directly into the edge of this sword (as if the sword were cutting the bullets) at a distance of about 10 feet. All bullets that impacted on the blade were severed cleanly into two pieces and the damage to the edge was negligible. After cleaning with WD-40, only one slight bend in the edge was obvious, and this was caused by a bullet that impacted mostly on one side and pushed the edge out of its way.
THE OFFICIAL BLURB
Bred in the jungles of Asia, our Banshee sword has its origins in the Thai “Krabi” and its close cousin, the Burmese “Dah.” Extremely strong and very quick, the Banshee is a cutting sword first and last, with a slightly weight-forward balance for slashing through jungle growth with ease. The high-carbon blade is heat treated for optimum shock absorption and edge retention, and the spiral-wrapped black leather grip provides excellent handling qualities. The sword comes equipped with a high-retention locking mechanism for safety. The wooden scabbard is finished in matte black, with side rings designed to allow a number of carrying options.
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I wanted to add this comment in but no way to do so without a new review, it seems.
The handle itself is like a baseball, round, so some felt they could not get the edge to align. For a skilled user, there are two ways they can get the edge to align.
1. Feel the metal studs on the sides with your hand, instead of a rectangular handle.
2. Make the sword an extension of your arm, lighten the hold, and feel where the point of balance is on the swing.
I can always feel when swinging a sword, if the edge is aligned or not. Because the swing will just feel different.
By focusing your nerve signals and consciousness into the metal, you can slightly sense what the blade is doing at the end. In this sense, it helps on an esoteric or energy spiritual level, for a blade to have different levels of manganese, silicon particularly, and some trace vanadium/chrome.
A blade of this nature with a flat back, is also very nice for non lethal work. Just turn it around and swing. ANd it will feel very very different, because the point of balance will be different. Why can't people feel it when the edge is not aligned? That would be an even easier non aerodynamic feel.
So the handle, nothing to worry about. For those that have achieved the ki/chi/prana stage. For those that are new, it's a baseball bat anyways. The edge is tough enough to take some misaligned hits.