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Despite the weight, it feels very good in the hands. Full body swings with this sword would be incredibly powerful, but due to the length, they would also be very slow to execute and to recover, which could leave the wielder potentially open to counter attack in a one-on-one setting. The very long grip, however, allows this sword to make cuts with a "snap" of the forearms that still has plenty of power and is much faster. Fighting against multiple opponents, on the other hand, would require larger strokes to keep multiple opponents on the defensive. Digrassi wrote, "Such men having by themselves to oppose many, in order to be more safe to strike and to terrify their adversaries with the fury of the two-handed sword, are all accustomed to using great slashes, bringing the sword back in a full circle, balancing their weight now on one foot, now on the other, hardly bothering at all to use the point in a thrust, since they are of the opinion that they can only affect one man while a cut has the power to deal with many."
Digrassi's comment regarding the lack of thrusting has more to do with fighting many opponents, but in a one on one setting one could certainly use the advantage of reach with this sword to make good thrusts at the opponent. The blade is slightly wobbly, but most swords of this size simply have to be in order to have the proper distal taper, so this is not unusual at all. It is not an ideal thruster, but is certainly more than up to the task. Setting an oncoming weapon aside is a matter of using the leverage of the long grip to move the tip of the blade to either side from either a high or low guard, thereby deflecting either thrust or cut. This is a common method of defending with staff weapons, and in fact, being such a large sword, it works quite well with staff techniques. It is easy to stand back and use the length to keep opponents at bay. In a one-on-one situation, grabbing onto the blade and using half sword techniques feels very natural. The ability to use this weapon as a short spear in this fashion makes it very versatile, and something that can defend against multiple opponents while still not being unwieldy when up close.
On the surface, this appears to be a very simple weapon. In some respects, it is. Many examples of German and Swiss two-handers have elaborately decorated fittings, but this is not so in the case of Irish swords, which were functional battlers. It does however boast a beautifully crafted plain leather grip and the unique Irish ring pommel. It is well sculpted, the lines are crisp and clean, and it fits very comfortably in the palm of the hand. Even so, there is a beauty in the austere adornment of this weapon. The blade is very nicely shaped with no ripples or strong evidence of grinding. The seemingly simple guard starts thick in the center and gracefully thins towards the tips. This is a very impressive sword. The simple beauty really comes across well, capturing the essence of a simple, austere Celtic fighting weapon from a turbulent era of Irish history, when extra long swords were a part of daily life, and not mere ornaments for coquettish nobles and merchants. This is a powerful but efficient weapon for dealing with multiple foes – the sudden mass ambush, the onslaught of English infantry, or the frenzied battle charge of rival clans.
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.
Just arrived today and I am so happy with it. Just as advertised. Phillip Reynolds on 15th Jan 2021
Beautiful craftsman ship, good handling and weight , I recommend this to any ones collection.
Fast shipping and good costumer service... Anthony J Innes on 11th Feb 2018
The sword feels alive in the hand due to the long handle and ring pommel which gives the heavy blade good leverage, the strong blade presence adds to the charm of the weapon which i can envisage lopping off limbs as i am swinging it. There are no historical manuals on how to use this type of sword or clay-more but i would recommend blending long-sword technique with Montante technique as this weapon is in between the size of those two weapons. Unknown on 7th Feb 2018