I have purchased four of these sabers lately and an earlier one many years ago when I did cavalry reenacting. The old saber is noticeably heavier and I had to inject epoxy into the handle to secure the handle and make it feel right. The later sabers, as mentioned, are lighter and could possibly be used for fencing. The handles are tight and nothing needs to be done to secure them. I bought the later sabers for friends ever since I introduced "le sabrage du champagne" to my club and other people wanted a saber too. These work well for "le sabrage," but I prefer my old, heavy saber best.