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While the blade is definitely on the heavy side, it handles quite well. It's fairly quiet, unlikley to make a lot of noise, which can be either positive or negative depending on your view.
Big plus for the rather thick handle. While I don't need it myself, a lot of people at the dojo quite like it as the usual iaito handles are a bit too thin for them.
Menuki are applied top-left and bottom-right, again this comes down to personal preference.
The colour is a fair bit darker than on the picture, more of a dark green.