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
I waited and waited for this sword and 2 months later I finally got it. And let me tell you it was worth the wait. I hated that it was back ordered and for one of my first swords to own my self I was really happy with it. Described perfectly so no surprises other than one issue. The blade was suppose to be sharpened and it was but my definition and their definition of sharp may be different. But it did have an edge, which I was thankful for because I sharpened it and it cuts beautifully. It has decent weight to it making it cleave through anything you want just about. The steel is great quality steel that is assured. It hit some concrete on accident and I thought the tip was gone. Rolled the edge on the tip and fix in seconds. I have been really impressed with this sword and look forward to buying more like this.
February 27, 2017
This is my eleventh blade purchase from Windlass Steel/Museum Replicas, and I bought it as a "Deal of the Day," sharpened, as usual. It is a handsome and sturdy weapon. I would give it 4.5 stars because of two minor issues, but can comfortably rate it at 5.0. As a rule I try to avoid cord or wire wrapped sword hilts because when they come loose, and they will, it's a devil of a time rewrapping and stabilizing the grip. The threaded (?) pommel is a bit loose and looks to be difficult to repair for fear of unstringing the cord wrap. It might more properly be called a two handed sword, because I can easily grip it with both hands, and without using a "golfer's grip." The sword and scabbard description says that the furniture has a dark, antique finish, and this is certainly the case. The photo image is brightly lit and gives the impression that the blade and scabbard are of a lighter bronze and oxblood brown. The blade handles well without any noticeable "whippiness" - wave any piece of long steel vigorously and you can set up a feedback resonance - and the engraving is excellent. I give the Sword of Homildon Hill five stars, because it is exactly what Windlass Steels/Museum Replicas advertised, and what I expected after more than decade of purchases.
January 01, 2017
I just got this sword in today and i can honestly say that I was not very impressed. I own 12 windlass swords including the roven sword and the 15th century longsword and this is way more whippy then either of those swords even though they are both longer, also the handle wrapping is not very nice . Would return this one if i could but i had it sharpened so i cant. Other then these complaints the sword is alright not great but alright
September 14, 2016
Love this sword. Only complaint I have is the wrap on the handle, which I'll be redoing with leather. Overall a must have.
November 14, 2015
One of Windlass's better swords. One of my favorite. Looks great, handles great with great balance. Assembly is great. Highly recommended.
December 07, 2014
Nicely put together. Can't fault anything on the fit and finish. As usual for Windlass large blades, the blade is a bit on the thin side, and lacking in distal taper. The balance and harmonics are in the right areas, so it handles well.
December 11, 2013
This is a beautiful sword. Well balanced with a great feel in the hand.
July 06, 2012