I will accept your feedback for what it is, but I would appreciate a little sugar-coating to cover up the bitterness that i am left with after reading you comments. (Not you Will, thank you for the demonstration in tact) Let me start off by saying that this would be a horible sword IN THE MIDDLE AGES. This is not a swashbuckler's sword, or a knight's sword, this is a lethal self defence tool for an urban environment. It has been designed for a quick response, one handed (Germans are out of luck there) opening. As for practicality, nobody balked at Jöerg's huge "pocket" knife, this at least can be carried on a belt loop, seeing as it is only 36ish cm when folded. Also, it is designed for a modern scenario where: 1) there aren't people walking around with broadswords and other two handers 2) you are being attacked by a knife or other mele weapon wheedler 3) this isnt a swordplay weapon, this is a self defence weapon (again, a sword fight in this day and age on the street?). This design would take a pounding. That's why it is so thick! I measured it on my model and it had an overall width of 1.5 cm (each side is about .4 cm). The hinged places are actually the strongest spots (but just barely) because it is almost solid metal at the breaks. Plus the cutting tip is an adapted form of the rapier's 1st quarter, but this one is used by the army for piercing modern armor.