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- Samurai Sword Handle Umbrella (full-length)
- Original, U.S. patent-pending design
- Nylon "scabbard" included - with adjustable shoulder strap.
- Easy push button opening.
- Dimensions: 38.75" long by 2.85" wide; 41" opened diameter
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With a Samurai sword handle, you will be begging for rain with our awesome Samurai Umbrella! Unlike ordinary umbrella's, this one kicks ass as you strut down the street with it strapped to your back, ready to whip it out at the very site of a grey cloud. Use your cunning and stealth-like Ninja instincts to detect moisture in the air. Glide your Samurai Umbrella out of its sheath and save the world/ your coat from impending doom/ getting wet by Ming the Merciless/ rain. This large black umbrella is fantastically manly and can be carried around in honour and pride as you hop gayley from puddle to puddle. This top quality umbrella opens at the push of a button and is ideal for impressing friends, co-workers and girlfriends as you make whooshing noises, do that 'Look, I'm pretending to be a dubbed Japanese Ninja film!' voice and jump around like a rabid dog in space boots.
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First, let's get the easy stuff out of the way. The umbrella is attractive. It gets attention, especially depending on how you hold it. If you hold it like the CGI chick from Animatrix, or like Morpheus from Matrix Reloaded, then people will definitely be convinced until you show them it's an umbrella. The handle will fool them. TSA will question you - they might even pat you down.
The problem...which is major...is the construction quality. It's not durable for the long term. There are many reasons I say that - first, water will soak through the umbrella fabric, which is to be expected on cheaper unbrellas that you'd get from Rite-Aid, but not one that costs this much. To put it into perspective, I live in San Diego...the place that gets rain MAYBE three times a year. Yet, during this last major rainstorm, even before I had gotten really wet, I noticed spots inside the umbrella. Not good. And no, I open it in a shielded area first before walking out, so it was not exposed at any time to the rain.
Also, the shaft is almost like a bamboo-like material, not metal or aluminum like it really should be. AS a result the hooking mechanism, given the size of the umbrella, will eventually bore through and crack the two holes, causing issues like where the umbrella will not stay closed (because the hook near the handle is low), or if it does, is extremely difficult to get open (because the hook further up has bored outward). It's a poorly designed system made worse by a shaft material not designed for the long term.
Does it work? Yes. But I was disappointed for the price paid. Now maybe they've fixed and improved it, but I simply was not impressed.
The compactness of the mini appealed to me, as I wanted to store it in my backpack. Unfortunately, the quality difference of the mini vs the full size is significant. When fully open, you felt the components rattle when given a shake, suggesting flimsy quality. This was not the case with the full size. The mini's durability held up until a plastic piece of the umbrella cracked from normal use and broke off, preventing the umbrella from contracting.
Now, I have an umbrella that stays fully discharged and have no way to store properly.
Hoping to switch back to the full size version soon.
Aside from the looks, the product itself is durable and effective. I've had it for a couple of years now and have not had any major issues. The only problem I had is that the tip near the top broke off at some point, probably because I was leaning on it or smashed it into something in the subway. For the price, some would say that's unacceptable, but whatever. The way I see it, I would have gone through 5 or 6 $10 umbrellas (probably more) during the time I've had this so it's giving me more value than I'd expected. It's also large enough for two people to get under it so that's an extra umbrella saved right there.
The carrying case it comes with is also handy - just throw it over your shoulder and everyone automatically gives you respect as if they fear your life-taking skills. If only they knew.
Nice carrying strap
Looks like a sword inside it's carrying bag
Great for making my friends jealous
Handle is made of hard plastic that hurts after a while
Probably won't hold up if i attack someone with it(lol)
p.s. I would suggest wrapping the handle in cloth to give it a nicer feel for long-term holding.