This sword exceeded my expectations. The blade is quite thick a the ricasso, very much like a saber with a fuller. There is no whippiness to this blade at all, as in none. The basket-hilt in the pictures is an annoying almost chrome, however in real time the steel is a nicely oiled steel which will age well into a fantastic patina. Everything on the sword fits tightly. There is no rattling or looseness of the guard, pommel, or blade. The scabbard is also very snug. Not too tight but it friction fits perfectly, very much like a wooden saya.
If you are looking for a cutlass, I'd sidestep this one. It has alot of mass. If you're looking for a Dussack/Tessack/Swiss Saber/Messer then this is the sword for you. Although the blade is only 25 inches, I do not feel underarmed. I would gladly fence this against an arming sword or common saber. This blade moves with authority and grace. The mass is such that I could easily beat another blade off center line and lunge into a vital target. The point of balance is roughly 2.5 inches from the guard.
I would gladly buy this sword again in a heartbeart. While I do like Windlass swords, I was expecting their typical whippy blade. Not so here. Also the temper on this thing is such that it rings like a bell. Five star work here.
Reviewed by Josh
12/15/2015 12:35:14 AM