Review of: Sword of Robert the Bruce
I cannot express how impressed I am with this sword. The quality and beauty of this weapon was everything I had hoped for and more. It is well balanced as a combat blade and simply exquisite as a display piece. I purchased it as a gift for my son, sharpened and engraved and has quickly become his most prized possession. I could not be happier with my purchase!
October 31, 2018
Review of: Bosworth Longsword
I am extremely pleased with this sword. For me, it essentially serves a decorative purpose and exceeds in that capacity. The blued finish has a gorgeous detail that is difficult to make out in the website's pictures. Paired with the shining silver blade, it is a beautiful sword. I must state that while it spends most of its time on display, I did not want to hang any weapon that isn't functional as well; it feels good in-hand, arrives pre-sharpened, and while I've only cut pumpkins with it there was no problem there... I honestly thought I somehow missed the pumpkin, my first strike; it didn't move. This sword cleanly bisected it laterally into two halves! Very fun :) My only reservation is that while the sword arrives "scissor sharp", I am reluctant to attempt to further sharpen it due to wanting to preserve the beautiful blue-black finish. I believe this is a terrific weapon for the price, and am completely satisfied with this purchase.
October 09, 2018
Review of: Sword of Homildon Hill
The Sword of Homildon Hill is an exceptionally good offering from Windlass. The sword is quite elegant to look at with a very pleasing aesthetic. The decorative guard and pommel have a surprisingly nice looking antique applied to it. Usually, I am not a fan of these types of techniques, but this one is pulled of quite nicely. The peen on the pommel is a little rough looking but nothing that distracts greatly from it. Plus, the fact that the blade IS peened is certainly a plus.
The blade is very nice as well, with the engraving on it looking top notch. It does not suffer from any "whippiness" as some Windlass blades have been known to do. It handles quite nicely, in fact, with a lot of the weight being balanced towards the handle. This makes for a very responsive sword that can swing and change direction easily. It can even be wielded in one hand with moderate ease. I am not certain of its cutting capabilities, however, as I do not currently have a set up for test cutting. It does feel like it would do well, but since it does not feel very blade heavy I cannot say for certain.
The scabbard is a surprisingly good fit, something that Windlass usually struggles to get right. It also has a very nice looking antique applied to the metal which compliments the sword well.
Overall, I think this is a must buy for any Windlass fan, or anyone looking to get an above average budget sword.
September 22, 2018
Review of: Sword of Santa Casilda
Completely satisfied. Beautiful design, practical, and light weight. Excellent sword, worth the money.
September 05, 2018
Review of: Bastard Sword
I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the box (Which was bent. Thanks UPS...) The fittings were nice and brightly polished rather then the antiqued finish shown in the pictures. It does seem a bit heavy for exclusive one handed use but, the pommel fits very comfortably in the hand for two handed use. Plus, the added bonus of the ricasso for this purpose as well if one chooses. Overall, a very nice sword for the money!
August 01, 2018
Review of: Bastard Sword
A very pretty sword and a good cutter. She's a little heavy but this only pulls her forward into a cut. A very impressive sword for a Faire or other event. I had been eyeing this one for years before pulling the trigger and am not disappointed.
July 31, 2018
Review of: Auray Rondel Dagger
I re-enact a 14th century knight, when I go to the Ren Faires and have been looking for a prettier rondell dagger for my outfit for quite some time! I can wear this dagger with my armor or on my belt when attending the king's court, too! Beautifully made!! The detail is just crazy!
May 04, 2018
Review of: Acre Crusader Broadsword
Lovely blade. Heavy, but decent balance and a tough edge with excellent flexibillity and a nice scabbard make it an awesome buy. Need to get more battlecry blades. This one is quite nice.
May 02, 2018
Review of: Falchion Sword
I just received my Falchion from MRL, when it went on DoD I had to grab it, despite some reviews calling it a battle machete or poorly balanced ( which seems to be a misconception of the historical Falchion) I was surprised to hold a wonderful weapon. The PoB is about 4 and a half from hilt, good for a slicer but handles well in the recovery and is not the "medieval machete " many reviews called it. It is a slicing sword, and is balanced as such. The nice heavy pommel aids in recovery as well. Very nice piece, would definately recommed.
March 30, 2018
Review of: The Accolade Sword of the Knights Templar
The craftsmanship of this blade was impeccable. I ordered this sword on December 29th, 2018 and received it on March 28th, 2018. Three months was a small price to pay for such a well-made sword!
Reading some of the other reviews here, and even seeing some of the videos covered on this product on YouTube had worried me a bit after ordering, though having the sword in hand made me smile. It completed defied any of the negative rumors, and I was pleasantly surprised to find it surpassed all of my expectations.
For someone like me who belongs to a Living History Group, a seriously under-rated feature of this product is the scabbard and sword-belt. This belt is not only beautiful, but functional. Past belts have dramatically sagged from the weight of pouches, swords, and other trinkets/bobbles. This girdle is one of the finest upholstery I've ever warn. I can put it on once over my armor, and be sure I will never have to readjust it until it comes time to take it off. Marvelous!
The blade itself captures the spirit of the Knights Templar. While it may be a bit more fantastical than what the majority of most Templars owned; historically speaking, it resonates the mantra of the Templar code, which to me is far superior to 100% flawless accuracy. That is not to dismiss this sword as being fictional. It's components are very believable, and are affixed from a variety of different realistic sword styles.
The pommel, is a very nice touch. It adds nice counterbalance to the blade. More-over, the design upon the pommel's face is perfect. It is important for me that a Templar sword have the Psalm 115 invocation, as well as the sigilum militum X pisti, and they managed to incorporate both.
They did a good job using actual Templar heraldry, and not just stereotypical cross shapes. this is a sword made passionately by medievalists, for medievalists. And I will maintain this was one of the best purchases I've ever made.
A special thanks to Museum Replicas and Atlanta Cutlery!
March 29, 2018