As a long time collector of sword canes, varying in price & quality from $120 Windlass (India) to $1200 Burger (S. Africa) + a number of Fayet (France) canes, I was a bit reluctant when it came to this offering from Windlass. It appeared to be a bit gaudy and, as such, I passed it by several times but… I couldn't get it out of my mind! Finally decided to cast fate to the wind and ordered one. Glad I did!
While the pictures seem, as stated, a bit "gaudy" the actual sword cane looks much more elegant. The gold "diamond" designs on the handle are (at least for the cane I received) much more form fitted to the shaft than the pictures would indicate and, as such, are less obtrusive. Weight & balance is impressive. Blade is beautifully acid etched. A bit "gaudy?" Well, I guess it is but it is still a very nice addition to my collection. As an afterthought, something about this swore cane just screams "steampunk!" :)