Kingston Arms Atrim Designed Type XIIIa War Sword
Ultra Durable 9260 Spring Steel Blade designed and approved by none other than the legendary Gus Trim.
Based on Oakeshott's Type XIIIa specification these swords were used in the 12th to early 13th Century in that transitional period from hardened leather to mail with some plate armor protecting vital areas of the body.
Atrim Design Swords
We spent a lot of time discussing with Gus his methodology for developing what he would call a "performance-oriented" sword. Without getting too deep into it Gus, along with Tinker Pearce, was one of the pioneering sword makers to incorporate the notion of harmonic balance into his sword designs. Informed by historical examples and his own experimentation Gus has been making swords for decades now that seem to float in your hand. For this sword Gus left the aesthetics and materials up to us, it was the design (weight, balance, taper, harmonics) we had to get right. It took several rounds of samples (not to mention a botched first run) but we finally nailed it.
Not satisfied with just getting the design right we wanted to push it farther. We had the fundamentals down but chose to take the materials and fit and finish a step ahead. The blade is hand forged mono-tempered 9260 spring steel, flat ground with a handsome satin finish. The fittings are high quality stainless steel exactly matching Gus's design. The grip is a solid wood core, cord-wrapped for strength with a textured leather over-wrap. The scabbard is a solid wood core, with stainless steel chape and stitched leather wrap.
Bottom line, these are the best performing production medieval swords available.
ABOUT KINGSTON ARMS
From the battlefields of Crecy to the theater of Shakespeare and beyond, you will find no finer swords crafted for the practitioners and aficionados of the European Sword. Our sharp swords are made to period accurate specifications from pommel to tip and all in between. Re-enactment, Stage Combat and HEMA Sparring Swords though are our specialty! Featuring innovations such as the King-Peen system and tough through-hardened spring steel blades these swords last years of use under the most demanding conditions.
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Featured positive reviews:
First off, this is a fine sword.
It is a large blade yet I can wield it comfortably in one handed or two handed (I'm 6'2" 195lb). In fact, it is surprising how quickly this long piece of very sharp metal can be moved due to the size of the handle and the balance (it feels bloody dangerous)!
The sheath is simply made and has a good, sturdy quality to it.
The only drawback to this sword is that the wrap used on the handle has a definite seam (the handle is wrapped with a single piece of faux leather and the seam is created when this sheet overlaps itself) which creates a hot spot noticeable after only a few swings.
I'll probably try to address this with a re-wrap at some point as even a cord wrap would be more comfortable in the hand.