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A genuinely lovely sword, a faithfully historic sword, and a real performance sword!
Swords designed to effectively use both edge and point have a long history, and have been present for at least three thousand years in both bronze and steel. In the relatively recent past, though, swords seemed to have been made for specialized purposes—first for cutting, then, after the development of plate armour, for thrusting with the point. Finally, perhaps around 1400, the benefits of swords that were good at both were recognized and "cut and thrust" swords came back into fashion. Swords of this type range from weapons that were light and agile and used as personal sidearms, to large and imposing swords of war capable of powerful shearing blows and devastating thrusts. The sword presented here lies somewhere in between these extremes.
Measurements and Specifications:
|Overall length:||110.5 cm|
|Blade length:||91 cm|
|Blade width:||5cm at base and tapering|
|Grip length:||18 cm (incl. pommel)|
|Guard width:||21 cm|
|Point of Balance:||5 5/8 inches from guard|
|Center of Percussion:||~20 inches from guard|
This sword just feels good, especially when held with two hands. When cutting light targets, the sword is fairly easy to control with one hand, but takes some concentration to keep the edge aligned. With two hands, control is much improved and almost effortless. Vibration is minimal from strikes away from the Center of Percussion (CoP) and cutting effectiveness does not decrease much. Edge alignment is critical though, and the sword is not as forgiving when the edge is not aligned well with the direction of the swing.
The first quarter of the blade is about 0.2 inches thick and shows almost no distal taper, then it tapers very gradually to 0.18 inches at a point about 6 inches from the tip, then more dramatically to the tip. When held with two hands, the pommel actually acts as an extension of the grip, allowing the second hand to fit comfortably. The blade is well-finished, with no grind marks and a very uniform satin finish. Overall, I believe that this sword is one of the most attractive production swords on the market.
CAUTION – THIS IS A FULLY FUNCTIONAL MARTIAL WEAPON – DECOMISSION THE BLADE BEFORE WALL MOUNTING. DO NOT USE FOR SPARRING. DO NOT USE FOR THEATRICAL OR RE-ENACTMENT PURPOSES. CHECK THE LAWS IN YOUR STATE OR COUNTRY PERTAINING TO WEAPONS OWNERSHIP BEFORE MAKING YOUR PURCHASE. STORE SAFELY AND HANDLE WITH CAUTION.
From the tip of it's 91cm blade to it's stylish pommel, this is a beautiful and stylish sword. The balance feels slightly forward, but using two hands makes this sword a delight to hold, and swing. Very impressed with overall presentation of this sword Unknown on 8th Dec 2016