Tenth Century. Lost wax casting brass pommel and cross-guard, accurately decorated. Wooden grip bound with a cord made of intertwined leather thongings. Steel blade with central fuller. Overall length: 39" Blade length: 32 3/4" Grip length: 3 1/2" Weight: 2 lbs 14 oz
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TRUE Early Medieval Sword
This is the third sword I've owned from Del Tin. I love these swords because they function like true swords, with enough weight to hack with great force, and durable steel that will withstand blows against rawhide, wood, and even steel, while still retaining a sharp edge that will cut through flesh and bone. No sword is worthy to be called a sword, if it excels in cutting tests against soft targets, but fails to withstand more punishing tests against the hard defensive shields and armor that would've been encountered on a medieval battlefield. The only improvement I can think of would be a slightly more "blade-heavy" (less tapered) blade. This sword is heavy, but most of the weight is in the hand. A true early Medieval hacking sword has the weight distributed more towards the "sweet spot" about 2/3 to 3/4 the length of the blade, for for strong, percussive, hacking blows when swung.
But, overall, this sword performs well, when tested in the manner an actual sword needs to be. I appreciate that attention has been paid to the details that matter, instead of nonsense that so many supposedly historically accurate swords are ruined with (lightweight, distal taper, etc.)
If you want a sword that geeks can discuss the minutia of in an online forum, (then hang on the wall for years), get an Albion sword. If you want a sword you can defend your home with if you had to take it into real, brutal battle.... get a Del Tin!