Shipping was fast and the sword was very well packaged.
I decided to purchase this Falchion after reading many favorable reviews about it on line. I have over the years purchased several items manufactured by Windlass Steelcrafts and I have never been disappointed by any of them. I found that it replicates a sword known as The Thorpe Falchion that is in a museum in the United Kingdom.
Its an excellent sword as manufactured,and would be fine if left as is. But one of the online reviews that I read showed the sword after the reviewer had wrapped the handle with 3/32" leather cord,and I decided to do the same, and in my opinion this not only improved the appearance but also gives a better feel to the grip.
The Thorpe Falchion
This replica originated in the late 13th or 14th century and was found in the Yare River near Thorpe St. Andrews, England in 1833.
Comparisons with the original prove that this re-creation is almost identical to its historical prototype when it comes to dimensions and balance.
This is one of eight swords I have purchased from Museum Replicas. I have been incredibly pleased with all but this one. Unfortunately a defect in the tang has caused mine to warp after very light test cutting. The point of mine is more than 3 inches out of alignment with the pommel. If not for this I would have to give this sword five stars.
Decent sword for the price. However, even though a falchion is supposed to be front heavy, this sword just doesn't feel right. Made sturdy but handling of the blade is not up to par with other Windlass offerings. I got this sword on the Deal of day and I would definitely purchase again at that price. There are however better Windlass offerings that are 5 star. Such as the "european sword." If you're buying for looks and sturdiness than this blade will please.
This is the fourth sword that I have purchased from MRL. I guess that you can't win 'em all. The sword is well built and sharp as hell, but the balance is far too blade heavy. Although it weighs less than three pounds (my scale shows 2 pounds, 14ounces) it feels much heavier. I got this sword as a Deal of the Day, so it's not as if I didn't get more than my money's worth, and it's fine steel so this sword will likely find a place in the shed and I'll let that blade heavy steel cut a path through branches and brush. It's sure solid and sharp enough!
Just what I expected, well made and well sharpened...
Another very nice sword. Although I would say its a bit heavy.
Exactly as described exactly what I expected. Overall balance and feel of the sword is excellent for me.
Absolutely beautiful weapon. It really comes alive in the hand. Despite the weight, which is on the high end of a 1-handed sword, the balance is fine and it doesn't feel heavy. Highly functional design, very sturdy, and very well made.
I swung it at a plastic 2-liter soda bottle. Result? Broke at the tang. On the bright side, MRL agreed to send me a new one; it looks like I got a fluke in the heat treat.
We regret the problem Johnathan had with this sword; we stand behind our products 100%. This appears to be the result of an issue during the heat treatment process at the factory. Somehow this piece fell through the cracks of quality control. Please be assured we will resolve the situation to Johnathans utmost satisfaction.
Reviewed by Museum Replicas Team
A great sword. I baught mine a few years back and i only have a few user induceced scratches. My complaints would be it is a tad blade heavy, the handle is a tad small for bigger people and the sheath is bad... Also the sheathing process has caused scratches on my guard. Other than that the sword is a great bang for your buck.
Not a bad sword for the price. My scabard was tarnished. The blade was excellant, the grip was ok, but I was not impressed with the scabard.
A 32" blade with a hand-and-a-half grip would be perfection! I guess I'll be forced to make one (that still weighs about 3 lbs!), or possibly with a 1/4" spine and a full tang with an integral pommel mount.
I couldn't be more satisfied with this sword. It's a great sword to showcase some of the more exotic looking weaponry of Europe.