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Incomplete and ugly saya
on April 24, 2013
Although it arrived promptly in an over-sized box, the sword was so poorly packed with insufficient packing material, (simply wrapped in one piece of bubble wrap), that it damaged the box. It did NOT include a BLUE/VIOLET COVER BAG as advertised. Further, no packing slip was enclosed.
Unlike the description and the other products in the Cold Steel Warrior product line, (and unstated in the product description), the Saya/sheath appears rough-textured flat black which looks almost plastic-like at first glance. It is NOT the smoothly finished, glossy black lacquer finished wood as advertised for the rest of the Warrior product line. The blade itself matches the general appearance of the other Warrior series, but the saya appears like a cheap afterthought when compared to the Warrior-series katana, wakizashi and tanto.
This is very disappointing. I own many other Cold Steel products fulfilled by Cold Steel through Amazon, to include a Warrior Katana and Wakizashi, all of which were complete and accurately represented in their product description. I note that this item was fulfilled directly by Amazon,com LLC and not directly by Cold Steel - perhaps that's the issue.
Anyway, the poor appearance and quality of the Saya on this product will effectively eliminate it from being a display piece. This one will have to live in a closet. Overall, I am very disappointed, but thankful that I did not pay the retail price for it.