65MN Spring Steel 13th Century Knightly Arming Sword
Amazing Value on this Limited Offer - Fully Functional Hand Forged and Hand Sharpened 65MN Spring Steel Blade with genuine leather grip, iron fittings and peened pommel for maximum traditional durability (plus free bonus wood core faux-leather scabbard and belt suspension system).
Brought to you by the people behind Ryujin Swords is yet another lucky find - a small stack of really well made, high quality full tang medieval swords with iron fittings that were made available to us just before the forge making them went out of business and have been snapped up by a local associate..
Based on the typical 13th century Knighty single handed 'arming sword' - it was used extensively in the 13th and 14tn centuries simply because - it worked. In both the cut and the thrust, and was capable of precision when needed to defeat the weak points in armor (and was typically used in conjunction with a shield and a gameness or maille) yet as illustrated perfectly in the 13th century Morgan Family Bible.
Made from tough 65MN Monotempered Spring Steel (used in China for truck springs as the bayonets of the AK-47), it features an Oakeshott J Type wheel pommel and a slight variant of a type 2 cruciform hand guard. The wood core handle has three closely spaced risers to give it a comfortable and secure grip even under the stresses of the most intense battle.
Balanced like a good Type XII should be but with some extra 'punch' the blade weighs a 2lbs 9oz and is balanced within 5" of the guard, making it fast and precise.
Swords are full tang with a PEENED pommel for maximum traditional durability. Each sword also comes with a FREE bonus wood core, faux leather lined scabbard, frog (belt suspension system) and period appropriate belt to provide the complete package. As you might expect, the emphasis is on the sword, not the scabbard, and it may require some adjustment to fit correctly (but looks great on display).
Also available, VERY limited quantities of a folded steel version are available here
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Featured positive reviews:
I bought this at the end of 2020 and it was my first sword purchase, though I had some practice with swords before at a local sword enthusiasts group.
I can thoroughly recommend it for other beginner collectors, because I think at this price range, you would be very hard pressed to find something similar.
The blade weighs 2.6 lbs (without scabbard) and it feels both light in the hand to wield and at the same time weighty when slashing. Adjusting the wrist while gripping the sword feels natural and easy.
The handguard is glued on, which seems to be normal at this price range, but there was no glue visible on the outer surface of the blade or on the guard.
The blade arrived well-oiled and very sharp.
The wooden grip around the tang is covered by a rectangular piece of leather sewn closed on one side. Underneath the patch is some wrapped leather cord, glued in place, to improve grip.
I personally did not fancy this grip style and replaced it entirely by wrapping the wood core tightly with leather cord of my own, which made it look both more stylish and more comfortable to hold, both with a glove or without.
The grip is aimed at one-handed use, but it leaves enough length for someone to make a two-handed cut if you also grasp the pommel with your other hand - just in case you want to swing at something a bit more substantial in your backyard.
I examined the blade and the edge along its length and found no blemishes or irregularities in the steel. Making some exercise cuts felt very good and fast.
The scabbard with wooden core and the frog are nice and arrived without damages, but are nothing fancy to write home about. They serve their purpose and it is nice that they are included in the price. But if you can do some leatherwork, you will probably like to replace at least he belt system with your own.
I balanced the blade on one finger and it came to a rest when putting a finger at roughly the width of 5 fingers above the handguard, so well within the 5" described in the details section.
Handguard and pommel had no blemishes or rough edges either.
The design is simple and funtional, wihtout ornamentation, which has an appeal of its own.
The only negative I found is that the sword has "China" edged onto the blade and I feel this designation of origin, though necessary, could have found its place maybe somewhere else on the sword, where it is less visible.
All in all, this was a geat pruchase at the sbg store.