I was very impressed with the quality of this brolly. Very sturdy compared to other ones of the same idea, as there are indentical looking umbrellas with much poorer construction.You might feel wary while walking around carrying it on your shoulder while it is in its case, so it was easy to make a strap from an old laptap bag and use two small luggage label straps for each end of it, thus ditching the case and making the brolly more visible. Practise will easily find the best position for balance and carrying. This means that looking from the front , the desired effect happens! But from the rear view , it just looks like a brolly with a cool handle.Let's face it - if you wanted to carry a sword stick type weapon , you would buy one totally disguised as an umbrella. This is just an umbrella that looks like a sword. enjoy! I am 60 years old by the way and prefer to grow old as disgracefully as possible!I have recently updated this comment to show how i have customised my brolly collection to make the handles more realistic.( view customer images ).