My son has had this sword for about 2 years now. The technical name for it is a Kendo Shinai, or what people tend to think of a Samurai Sword.
This sword is made out of bamboo and it has a leather covered handle. It has a blunt point so it is perfect for the beginner student.
The blunt point is covered with a leather coating so protect the sword.
I was not sure how the bamboo would hold up to the continual hit of other swords during class, but after 2 years my son's sword has no cracks and the bamboo has held up very well.
Like all martial arts weapons this is not a toy and one should only purchase one if you have martial arts training.
This sword is light weight also which helps my son move the sword easily and learn how to sword fight the other person.
I feel this martial arts sword is a good bargain at $29.99. They come in 3 different sizes of lengths depending on the size of the person. My son has used his for 2 years now and has had his share of sword fights in class yet the sword looks as good as new.