The blade is well made and the steel of good quality my problem is with the grip/ handle. Frankly I am not concerned with the inaccuracy of the styling or synthetic leather my problem is that it is loose! Most of the Windlass blades are well peened (though I would prefer them using a peening block), but this sword has a hidden, hopefully full, tang with an unknown securing method, the grip moves approximately five degrees when practicing or swinging. As I was planning on using this as a live steel reenactment piece one might see the dilemma. I am a bit disappointed that I had to secure the grip using epoxy and hope that it holds up, this is not my first Windlass sword and I was a bit chagrined at this lack of durability and oversight as the Mediaeval swords I have purchased are more than adequate.
October 13, 2018
First sword I ever bought from MR. Always wanted a Greek sword of this type and not disappointed. Great quality and good feel in the hand. Sharpening quality very good also.
September 19, 2018
I just got My New Hoplite Sword Yesterday and it was perfect in EVERY detail, and Razor Sharp. Fantastic Sword! Great Value!
February 18, 2017
I love this sword! Like the Roman gladius, this one is a jack-of-all-trades weapon. Strong enough to withstand some really heavy blows, and reasonably light to deliver consecutive strikes and thrusts.
The only downside I can say is that the hilt and pommel are not covered by leather, and so they require almost daily oiling to prevent them from rusting, more so than the blade itself. Also, make sure you are wearing gloves while using it, as your hand could end up sliding towards the hilt or pommel, wearing them down.
But nonetheless, this is an excellent weapon for beginners as it has much of the strength of the Viking sword without being bulky, and much of the speed of a Rapier without being fragile
August 22, 2015
i have had this sword for quite a while an have put it through more then any sword now days has probably been through i have no complaints about it but i would suggest to Windlass Steelcrafts to make their swords that are longer then 30" thicker then 3/16.
May 17, 2011