Darksword 1333 - Carpathian Vampire Sword*Darksword 1333 - Carpathian Vampire Sword*1
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The Carpathian Sword, designed by Jason Woodard, is forged with a Germanic "type" leafshape 5160 spring steel blade is very well balanced with a POB of 1" from the guard. The blade is Dual Tempered to a Rockwell of 60 at the edge and 50 at the core for edge retention yet flexibility and strength. This fantasy sword is inspired by the Carpathians from the Dark Series, a group of books by Christine Feehan.
The Carpathians, a fictional race of people, said to be the ancestors of Vampires, survive by drinking the blood of humans. Unlike Vampires however, Carpathians did not kill their human prey. They used their telepathic abilities to lure humans in order to feed on them. Carpathians then used their powers to erase the victim's memory of the incident. All vampires were once Carpathians, but Carpathians became Vampires once they killed a human while feeding.
While the edge comes with a narrow 1.4mm edge so you can actually use it in blade on blade contact (CAREFULLY and RESPONSIBLY of course – please see our section on sword training and fighting on the main site for info) – the blade is more than strong enough that you can sharpen it up yourself if you want to use them for test cutting practice.
The hilt itself is extremely attractive and authentic, with a mild steel crossguard and genuine leather wrap handle.
This fantasy leaf blade sword is one of a kind, and sure to be a “battle ready” conversation starter, as well as a solid sword for long term use!
At just over 3 and a half pounds this sword is decently weighted, but the low point of balance means that it will handle better than most swords at this weight point.
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"The Carpathian" total length 43, blade length 32, blade width at base 1.8, weight, 3Lbs 12 oz POB: 1 from the guard.. I will be sending you pics and links to my youtube for the vids. let me know when you get them.. Jason W As most people Know.. the idea of the "Vampire" is pretty cool. The origins go very, very far back in most cultures.. Of course I`ve been into Vampires, Vampire movies, books and such many years before it became "cool" and "hip" and a few T-ween Vamp stories`s out today have Vampire`s shinning like "pretty diamonds" or cute gem stones when sunlight hit`s them.. WTF!?!?! .huuu..Yeah.right whatever.. ;).. Anyway I did some design work on a Vampire dagger about 8 years ago and always wanted to do a design based off some of folk lore on Vampires and the area most famous for the stories.. Romania and the Carpathian mountains.. I wanted a two hand sword that looked some what European kinda mid-evil yet had a bit of a fang design in the guard..Above all I wanted this design to be as functional as possible. I wanted my design to have beyond great balance , less weight and toughness all in one!! I had to rework this design over 20 times.. When it looked right to me.. I sent my design to Darksword-Armory.. DSA and Eyal took great pains to make my design come to life.. We both wanted the best sword that could be made. As most of you know with each new run of swords that DSA makes.They keep improving their swords. Peened pommels, greater balance,better grips, some lighter blades,a higher polish on the blades, better scabbards and so on..DSA sent me one of the first Carpathian swords. After removing the heavy packing and oil from the blade I was able to really look my new sword design over.. All I can say is great job DSA! My Carpathian design is alive! This is my fav from DSA now . It has Super balance. It balance's one inch from the guard down the blade ! That`s right I said one inch!!! The guard is thick but it with the long grip really helped us make this sword have great balance.The two handed grip is new with a very tight wrapped core under fine black leather. The blade is forged with a Germanic type leaf blade and vampire fangs at the guard..DSA was able to incorporate me wide fuller all the way down the blade to help bring the over all weight down The blade is 1060 high Carbon steel with a Rockwell hardness of 53...The blade also has a high polish, so much so that it became a bit of a challenge to take pictures of the sword out in the sunlight..I just love seeing the hand hammered forged marks when you hold the blade at a lower angle.. My pommel design for this sword is fully peened with a good unique shape and solid. It could be used as a blunt weapon at any time, like a mace.. Among the improvements DSA has kept making the edges of these swords take a edge much faster than before. I was able to sharpen this sword from a blunt edge to very shape in less than forty five minutes. Once I had my Carpathian sharped to my liking I was ready to do some testing. I set up some gallon jugs. The sword made very clean cuts. It took much less muscle than I would have thought.. This sword is fast!! The recovery is quick. You can make one handed cuts with minimal stress on the wrist.. I then lined up 5 or 6 gallon jugs for a one swing cut test..The sword cut threw the jugs like butter ! I`m sure I could have lined up 10 or 12 jugs an made another cut with the same results. Yeah it`s that good.. I also cut threw a 5 gallon jug but the Camera died during the cut darn it " Note" I will get another 5 gallon jug at a later time and make another vid for you all. The next test was on a 2+4 piece of building wood. I made several hard down swings cutting deep into the wood over and over again. removing several large chunks. For the next test. I filled a galvanized trash can with water. I preformed several stabbing and slashing tests. The sword made deep cuts and stabbing the can was all to easy. Next I did some stabbing moves on the lid of the trash can with the same results. Deep penetration and and deep cuts. After this test I made a close inspection of the tip and blade.I found no rolling of the edge or bending at the tip. A good sign of fine tempering from DSA.The sword preforms as well as it looks..I`m very happy with the over all out come. If your looking for a well balanced two handed sword that can take just about anything you can dish out. My Carpathian is for you. Thank you Darksword-Armory for bring another one of my designs to life.. Jason Woodard Pro`s Super balance, tough, less weight for it`s size, high Polish. Cons. Thick guard, but this does help the sword have such a great balance point.