The blade which does have grease on it to preserve it, I have checked and it is exceptionally nice condition with all of its cross-grain. Both motto and logo are a deep black burnishing. It has a beautiful light applewood type grip which fits perfectly to the upper and lower guards. The scabbard retains about 50% of its lacquer. There are two very small dents to the ball which if one looks straight on to it, you cannot even notice. On the rear of the grip, for whatever reason, there is an “H” and scribed into the wood.