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CAUTION – THIS IS A FULLY FUNCTIONAL MARTIAL WEAPON – DECOMMISSION 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.
The sword features dynamic handling qualities and during dry-handling exercises it transitions easily from ward to attack. While the sword's distribution of mass provides for a fairly lively feel, the weakest part of the sword's handling lies in its point control. It does a tiny amount of wandering during the thrust and does not follow the point as well as most swordsmen would be accustomed to: but this is a common (if not universal) problem with 13th century (and earlier) designs. Such issues were not truly corrected until the 1400’s, so, in essence its drawbacks emphasize the true-to-life accuracy of this functional reproduction. It is what it is: an archetype of the western sword’s evolution, but not an exemplar of the zenith of that evolution, which was still to come.
The pommel and crossguard have been investment cast from mild steel. As with the originals, these components are rather plain and lack significant detailing. But on this sword, this creates an interesting aesthetic visage, as the visual focus is then placed upon the blade's nice fullering. The sword's grip has been tightly bound with leather, it has a slightly flattened exterior with handsomely executed stitching on one side. The result is a gripping surface that is both attractive and secure, yet is not overly abrasive to the hand.
Given its price point, this sword is a fantastic reproduction. It's quite sharp. Sharp enough that even with my poor skills I was able to strike through a plastic milk container full of water without sending the container across the yard.
The balance is really nice. Considering its length, it feels very light in the hand. I am 5'11/181cm with reasonably large hands/long fingers and the grip sits well and I am able to use it two handed if I use the pommel.
Over all I am very happy with this sword. Unknown on 15th Apr 2021
Must say I am impressed, I have done a little work to the blade fine tuning and polishing, now cuts through water filled plastic milk bottle with ease. Its is a plain simple sword for having fun with at an affordable price, really like it. A Carswell on 14th Nov 2020
Thank you so much my son was over the moon with the sword. karen on 23rd Mar 2017
i had my doubts honestly i did but when this sword arrived i was blown away by it. its a lot bigger than i thought but meets the specs, its got some weight to it but for me its not too heavy, full tang and razor sharp when i unwrapped it which reminds me, the packaging was heavy cardboard stapled together and the sword and scabbard were both wrapped up too which shows how much care was put making sure it got to me in one piece. this is a true example of bang for ya buck and for $225 it is awesome if anything its got more bang haha. i couldn't be happier with this sword. you guys have hit the nail on the head with this fine blade, if your unsure about whether to get this sword i say go for it!, it didn't take long for it to get to me but i also live in Australia where Medieval Shoppe is based so im not sure how long it would take to get to somewhere like America or England.
i would most certainly recommend this sword it has great qualities. now which sword should i get now...boromir sword? or viking sword?.
well done medieval shoppe, well done :) Adam McGrath on 9th Mar 2016