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    Yay, congratulations!

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    I'm going to go ahead and write my review, and post pics later when I can get someone to help me.

    Swordwares.com is a wonderful company, and extremely helpful to customers. Before I came along, they'd had only one mistake in processing an order in 30 years. XD Just call me "the Pariah of Bellydance." I guess I'm the poster child for things that can go wrong. I had trouble with my PayPal account, causing my voucher to be voided, but Majidah was wonderful in helping me get my order processed.

    About three or four days later, I received---a beautiful broadsword. It was a well-made, straight double-edged sword, well-packed and well-oiled, with a lovely sheath, but it wasn't the beautiful Cas Hanwei I'd ordered. I felt more like She-Ra than Shira! I immediately contacted Swordwares.com and informed them about the mistake. The gentleman who helped me, Matthew, was understanding and wonderful, and helped me to ship the wrong sword back at no cost to me, and when it took a bit too long for me to receive the right sword, he got on it right away.

    Things can go wrong in just about anything, but I appreciate the prompt and friendly help from Majidah and Matthew. So if there is a rare goof-up in ordering, you can be assured they'll do all they can to help.

    Now, for the sword itself! As with the broadsword, the Cas Hanwei was securely protected and packed, and the blade was well-oiled, and just like Aziyade's sword (and I'm sure ErikaOH's), it was straight with no bends or damage. It balances beautifully, although I had trouble at first balancing it on one finger (I used the wrong side of my finger, so the sword felt extremely heavy ). My teacher unknowingly showed me how to balance a sword on one finger.

    I have a LOT to learn about swords...

    The Cas Hanwei is perfect for what I wanted in a bellydance sword, especially since I'm learning ATS. It's fierce and mean and real, a sword that commands respect, not just from an audience's point of view, but also from the dancer. If one isn't careful, someone could get hurt, because although the blade itself isn't sharp enough to dice carrots, the end is very pointy. The dancer could hurt herself, a fellow dancer, or an audience member if she doesn't take care. This is a battle-ready weapon.

    I'm looking forward to get to know my new sword, and to perform with it when I'm ready. I also look forward to doing more business with Swordwares.com, because I will be needing a caberet sword some time in the future.

    Thank you, Majidah and Matthew, you two are great, and you sell truly magnificent swords! ^^

    Pics will be forthcoming!

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    I know this thread is a few months old, and I'm giving it a MAJOR bump, but thought I'd go ahead and post some pics of my Cas Hanwei:








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    still offering discount on sword. would love to know more details, just the thing I have been looking for. depending on price of course. putting a new dance together with instructor and dancing girls. so much fun. anyway fill me in. thanks.

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    I'm afraid Swordwares.com is no longer offering the deep discount it gave earlier this year, but the Cas Hanwei is still available for $139 before shipping and handling:

    Belly Dance Sword

    It's definitely well-worth the money, though. It balances beautifully, holds up to Oklahoma winds, and is a stunning showpiece.

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    Hey Farasha, I shut swordwares.com down for a bit. We've made the discount permanent and swords can be purchased through:

    National Sword Supply: Belly Dance Sword

    Quote Originally Posted by Farasha Hanem View Post
    I'm afraid Swordwares.com is no longer offering the deep discount it gave earlier this year, but the Cas Hanwei is still available for $139 before shipping and handling:

    Belly Dance Sword

    It's definitely well-worth the money, though. It balances beautifully, holds up to Oklahoma winds, and is a stunning showpiece.

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    Okay, I have the chance to offer the CAS Hanwei Scimitar at $86.54 (lowest I've ever been able to sell for) + any shipping costs... PM me for a quote on shipping. This is a limited offer I can only extend through July 4th Happy 4th everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Majidah View Post
    Hey Farasha, I shut swordwares.com down for a bit. We've made the discount permanent and swords can be purchased through:

    National Sword Supply: Belly Dance Sword
    Oh, wow, thank you for the link, Majidah! My daughter bought me your Egyptian sword for me earlier this year for my birthday, I love it! I'd love to purchase another Hanwei, but the one I have freaks my teacher out (that's why I got the cabaret sword for my birthday). Don't you sell a Turkish sword, though, that's similar-looking to the Hanwei, but with a blunted tip? That one might get my teacher's approval.

    I prefer to leave the Hanwei unblunted because it has taught me a great respect for swords as weapons as well as dance props, and has helped me to learn to control it better than I think I would have had I started with a blunted sword.

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