"I was happy to find the exact baton I use to have! The baton that I purchased was stolen from me about 20 years ago and I thought I would never get it back even though I knew who stole it! It was given to me as a gift since I was really into studying Martial Arts and I had a very nice Balisong (Butterfly Knife) that was stolen with it! Well I was tought if they can live with the fact of stealing then I can live without it! I replaced the Bali-Song knife from Benchmade a few years ago and then I finally came across that Japanese Baton on TrueSwords.com and I was very happy to see that I could now replace it. I also purchased one for my dad for Father's Day! I ordered it on Thursday and received it in just 5 short day's on Tuesday! I was very impressed with it and it was the exact type I had over 20 years ago, but this one was New and was very shinny since it had never been used, this is very strong and durable steel with a beautiful chrome finish! It can definitely break a stick baton and it could break up center blocks but I don't want to ruin the beautiful finish. Just ejecting the baton out would scar anyone that dates to mess with you and I would rather have this in my hand than a knife! Anyways I really love it and totally recommend it! Even if it's just for a conversation piece in a "Man Cave"! You won't regret this piece!!! "