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Kikkerland Samurai Umbrella
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
The nylon "sheath" is also very practical due to the extra-long, adjustable strap. It allows one to wear it across the back or over the shoulder -- a hands-freeing feature that very few other umbrellas have. The sheath is also where my only complaint comes from. The umbrella is significantly heavier on the handle end which pulls the handle end down. Unless worn across the back or balanced by a hand, the handle end will want to dip down and the umbrella can accidentally slide out. While mildly bothersome, I find it an acceptable trade-off for the easy draw action the sheaf affords.
++Unique, distinctive appearance
++Extra long handle
++Easy draw, adjustable "sheath"/cover
--Handle end wants to slide down in certain cases when worn in sheath and not steadied
I would highly recommend this for those who would enjoy a unique take on a ubiquitous item.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sleeve could be improved to hold the umbrella a bit better.