I’ve got that sword and like it. I got mine on MRL’s DoD for just over $100, $106? And the following week they had it on close out for $96? That of course was a few years back. One of the best buys I’ve made. There are several points that you brought out that I disagree with, not that they are wrong, as they are not, but looking at it from a different point of view. Such things as tapering the quillons, wheel pommel, etc. will add to the aesthetics is certainly true, but will add to the price. You modifications to the grip would improve it, at a cost. I wrapped mine with black cord and left it at that. The cord made a big difference in appearance and handling. Most of all is that I no longer feel the stitching. The changes you suggest will raise the cost, to some that is of little concern, but to me the vendor’s price about doubles by the time I pay international shipping, customs fees, etc. I’ll admit that the $300 present selling price is a bit high, but I estimate my cost now would be $575 for that sword. With an additional selling price my cost becomes more ridiculous. And then there is the sheath. As you say it’s not the best but it is a method of carry and most of all protection (for the blade and surrounding people) while on the wall. The little that Windlass would knock off the price by omitting the sheath vs what it would cost to have one made, to me is not worth it. I do get some blade slap at the distal end while in the scabbard if I shake hard, if I shake hard that is, and none at the throat. If that rattle really bothered me, I can fix it. As for the sword coming out when inverted it is a common way that many judge a good or bad fit. I like a loser fit, that’s just me. One that I can draw the sword with one hand. Those are subjective differences on which I disagree. Your evaluations are pretty much on the money and it’s a good review.
Just like Pgandy, I got the thing for the psycho deal (I think under $100), so no lose scenario. Most people think it's one of the good Windlass, a beater to be sure, but no doubt you are right about no contest to the fit, finish, other qualities that make the more expensive options better.
carbon: Sharpened one of my C/S H&H swords for the first time using an adjustable fixture I made. Went from a little better than butter knife to an even, polished, paper slicing edge. It's a slow process but it does work.
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