True confession here. In my early 20s (lo these many years ago) I took a fencing class. Had a blast with the Saber portion. Also watched Richard Lester's definitive version of Three and Four Musketeers. Consequently, I would like to own a usable (battle ready) double edged sword of not excessive length, good for cut as well as thrust. The above mentioned firms Side Sword has caught my eye, looks like the closest commercial offering I've found to my desire, and the price seems very reasonable IF it's a quality battle ready item. Does anyone know if it is? Most sword things I've seen here seem more geared toward katanas and I'm NOT the Last Samurai. Not D'Artagnion either, but my inclinations run more in that direction. I'd probably want a buckler tho, or at least a main gauche.