The package was delivered in excellent brand new condition. The sword is quite the design, the blade is razor sharp and the balance of the sword is magnificent. I practice the art of Iaido so the curvature of the handle increases the speed of the draw by lots. The sword smith did a fine job in creating this excellent sword, I highly recommend whomever is shopping for a sword to definitely buy from swordculture. Many Thanks & I most definitely will make future purchases with swordculture.