Yes, we have all had high hopes and received a few of these over the years. I'n glad, Wayne, that you didn't spend a small fortune. I like to use these types in real practice, slashing at tree limbs and stabbing water melons (when my neighbors aren't watching, that is-
). So often, we have a real antique that we would love to swing around, but we know better. Kill a couple of shrubs with it to get out your frustration and you will learn to like it for what it is!