Never so truer words ever spoken. I am a member of the The Society for Creative Anachronism and have used them as well as my buddies in the sosicet. There many members here that will attest to the strength of these swords and who have also used them for various reasons. I really think that this gets under many functional sword purists hides because not only are they beautiful they are sturdy and will take allot of abuse if you choose to use them and abuse them. But make a not here I am not implying they are functional, they are not and were never meant to be. I am just attesting to there strength. They are not only well build but the finest representations of the movie sword props in history! And you comment about any swords breaking is so true!!! There is no sword made that is not susceptible to this.