Review of: Shirasaya
I received this shirasaya as a gift after many years of sword collecting. I wasn't sure what to expect since there was very little available information about the manufacturer but I was very pleasantly surprised.
The blade is sharpened high carbon steel with fuller and differential hardening. As far as katanas go this is a thicker, heavier example but by no means is it unwieldy. The grip and scabbard are deeply laquered and highly polished.
As a display piece it is a lovely addition. If you intend to train with it, use caution. The grip is so smooth that it could very easily slide out of your hands. If you want to use this sword, I recommend that you replace the grip with the more traditional battle ready fittings. Remember that the mountings of a shirasaya were not intended for combat, but for storing or transporting a blade.
Whatever your intent, this is a fine sword in the Japanese style and a great value for the money.
May 02, 2019
Review of: Silver and Gold Claymore by Marto
This claymore is top notch. We use this sword as the one given by the Alexandria Valley Scottish Rite to all recipients of the Order of the Bannockburn Sword. Well worth the investment.
May 02, 2019
Review of: Conan Atlantean Sword
Mine just came today its awsome!! Ive been looking for this sword for a long time i know theres alot of cheap fakes out there. This sword looks awsome its heavy and very detailed only complaint is the so called deep ruines they are basically a sticker but other then that its a well made sword. This is my first sword ive ever bought and im very happy with the purchase and for the price it was worth it. If i ever do buy another sword ill defenitly buy it from here
April 29, 2019
Review of: The Accolade Sword of the Knights Templar
Great Sword!! I would recommend this piece to anyone.....but with a BIG WARNING. Maybe mine was just a bad batch, I don't know. But the POMMEL and the CROSSGUARD are BRASS. They are only plated with the silverish steel color. Now I take very good care of my collection, which is quite large so it can be quite the task at times. I am most certainly not trying to brag, and I am most definitely not rich lol. I just have a deep seeded fascination with military history, and the beauty and craftsmanship of a nice blade be it an Egyptian Khopesh, a Roman Gladius, a German Greatsword, or any of the beautiful Sabers used to help carve out the New World. Now out of my collection 17 are Windlass Blades, save for the Battlecry Buckler and the Battlecry Fiore' Warhammer, both of which are excellent! Especially the Hammer. An awesome grey/black Gambeson, Grey Huntingdon pants to match, Maille Gauntlets, my newest order was the Norman Tunic W/Belt, the Huntingdon Pants and an English Bowie. The Bowie was out of stock but I'm sure I will receive it in due time. The Visored Bascinet Helmet. Not to mention small nick-nacks, gifts for friends, etc. And I have to say I absolutely love everything I own from Windlass/MRL/ACC. For anybody that has been polite enough to read all of this so far I will throw you a secret, Windlass BEST SWORD.... ready?
"The European Sword by Windlass". Yep, pick one up if you don't believe me, if you can find one that is.
OK onto the bad part of this review. Like I said the Accolade Sword pommel and crossguard are made of brass and simply plated in a silvery metallic.. something.
Like I said I take very good care of my entire collection, I use Flitz on all of my swords or any other weapons or armor that may need it. I like the results I get from Flitz and it is also recommended by Windlass to use it, and they also carry it for sale I believe. Now unfortunately I was not aware of the brass pommel and crossguard on the Accolade and polished it like I would any of my swords. After wiping it away the pommel and guard were a blackish-gold color. So I waited awhile and tried again to see if I could get the original color back but to no avail. Awhile later I contacted customer service, and the lady was VERY NICE and apologized and told me exactly what to do. So I followed her instructions and took quite a few pictures of the sword and the pommel and crossguard, and emailed them to the address she gave me. I believe it was Windlass or MRL Tech/Info, I will dig into my address book and see. Well that was a couple months ago and still no word from them nothing. Now just like everyone else out there I am a busy person, and the Accolade is part of a large collection. I'm just really dissapointed that MRL would drop the ball on this one, especially with the Accolade being one of their premier swords. SO, do I recommend this sword? ABSOLUTELY!
Just keep any kind of abrasive cleaner or polish AWAY FROM IT.
Now I love MRL, and will keep buying their products, in fact their new Knights Templar sword really caught my eye. Just really dissapointed in a company I have been purchasing from for 10 plus years. Anyways just heed my warning and you will love this sword.
April 07, 2019
Review of: Blacksword
I've had my eye on this sword for quite some time and finally decided to treat myself. I've collected about a dozen different swords from MR and have had excellent service and experience. This new sword has exceeded my expectations. It's beautiful....absolutely stunning. I ordered it sharpened and it is really sharp. One would need to exercise caution in handling it but that's the way I would want it. I love the finish on it. Great feel, great weight, powerful, and impressive. This will certainly become one of my favorites in the growing collection. Highly recommended.
April 03, 2019
Review of: Airship Captain’s Katana
I purchased this for my son who shares the same enthusiasm for weaponry as myself.
It came today; my son opened the box and was absolutely thrilled. He's into the Steampunk genre and this sword is the perfect addition to his collection. I am very impressed with the quality and design, etc. I ordered it sharpened as one would expect a sword to be. I see this is now a closeout item. If you've had any thought of owning one of these, get it before they're gone. You'll regret missing out if they run out of them.
April 03, 2019
Review of: Battlecry Acre Crusader Broadsword
This sword is great! Seemingly indestructible and very enjoyable to wield. Last weekend I used it (to my neighbors amusement) to take down a small tree in the yard. Not even a dent or chip on the edge. My only complaint is that the pommel was slightly canted to one side. This is in no way detrimental to the functionality though. But for a $264 sword, I won't complain.
April 02, 2019
Review of: Scimitar
I was so enthralled to receive this in the mail.
It was shipped promptly and expeditiously. I was not disappointed, the sharpness is great as well as the overall craftsmanship. The wood on the handle was excellent. The guard also was crafted wonderfully.
However, what really caught me was the blade flexiblity which is indicative of a good heat treating process.
Besides this the weapon handles wonderfully, with the right amount of weight distribution.
April 01, 2019
Review of: Create Your Own Sword
After playing with the BYOS page for a while I decided to purchase one. Delivery was in under a week. Was packed well. I was really suprised at the quality. Yes, the sword is a tank. It is heavy but not terribly so. Very solid. No wiggle or loose parts. I ordered a brown grip and it is very dark. Almost black. Stitching is tight and feels sturdy. In all a sturdy sword that is in my opinion a good value and kind of fun to put your own input on it. I will probably order a few more.
March 30, 2019
Review of: Gladius - The Pompeii
I just received this Gladius. It was shipped promptly and extremely well packed. The sword overall is well made and balanced like a typical Roman sword, for stabbing. The scabbard is a little flashy, but decent. Even unsharpened this thing is a deadly weapon, great for reinactments or display. Five stars for the price verses quality.
March 21, 2019