Originally Posted by ariel
Pay attention to the whole product: the tang did not go all the way into the handle. ....
Looks like it fits perfectly and was made for it, and othewr Kastane tangs look just like that. Doesn't look crude at all to me. This style seems more used on the later more fancy ceremonial ones like the OP's but not on the earlier ones meant for actual battle use.
Example where tang reduces down to meet the smaller opening in the handle from where the two animal finials are almost touching the blade: (from elsewhere here on the forum. there are others.)
I prefer the earlier longer combat capable ones myself tho.