I bought this sword because I couldn't find my grandfathers machete, or one close to it. My grandpa had a really heavy blade machete made with very good steel that held its edge. It was excellent for clearing blackberries in bulk. The ones at the coop are made from sheet metal and they just about couldn't hack their way out of a wet cardboard box. So the search was on and I ended up ordering the tactical gladius. The Gladius is a double edged short sword for thrusting and slashing. I don't know how to thrust with it, but it excels at slashing. I've cleared a fair amount of blackberries, small trees and other yard trimming with this sword without sharpening it. It has come into contact with nails, chain link, barbed wire and has only a few minor surface blemishes. When it comes to slashing through the blackberries, once you figure out the ideal approach angle the blade passes cleanly through the blackberry and little resistance is offered. Not much effort is needed, as the blades weight with only the slightest encouragement will pass through blackberry stems over 2cm in diameter. With the same effort, two to three strikes to pass through a 3cm sapling. If you put your back into it, passing through in one strike of the 3cm sapling is assured. The handle was terrible, it had sharp points, that you can see I took a file to and rounded off. Even with gloves they painfully bit into my hands. After smoothing the problem went completely away. At around $1000usd delivered to my door, with a kydex scabbard I think that I got my moneys worth. This is a blade built to be used and abused. I'm not sure how much utility a tactical gladius would have in the modern battle field, but for ease of mounting to webbing the mall ninja points are off the scale. Best light in the house! This picture was over 3mb! More light = more detail and less grain!