Picked this sword up as a deal of the day, for about $99. Fantastic deal. Couldn't wait for it to arrive, as this piece is not my usual. I am very happy with my purchase. Solid, thick blade, made of a fine high-carbon steel, with a peened tang through the beautiful brass hilt. The balance of the weapon is horrible, but it is not meant to be a balanced (or delicate) item. Crafted for pure chopping power (much like an axe), it is a very faithful reproduction of the originals, in modern materials. Coupled with a round shield it makes for a devastating combination, waiting for the right moment for a solid, powerful strike. As, I suppose, a purely good review is not exactly helpful, my only real complaint is with the cut of the hilt. As the strength in a swordsman's grip should come from his base two fingers (pinky and ring) and the control with the top two, I find the bottom of the hilt a bit thin to get a good, solid grip with my base two fingers. Not really the fault of the manufacturers, as this is the style in which the originals were made. Would probably feel a lot better with a solid pair of leather gauntlets to aid in the grip on the brass. Either way, well done, again, Windlass Steelcrafts!
Reviewed by Michael
4/29/2011 4:54:38 PM