Hanwei/Tinker Early Medieval Sword
Designed by legendary sword smith Michael 'Tinker' Pearce. MSRP $405
Paul Chen's Tinker Early Medieval Swords is a single-handed Oakeshott Type XII.
The sharp sword is fullered for about two thirds of its length, with a flattened diamond section out towards the tip. The cruciform hilt is attractive and functional.
ABOUT THE TINKER DESIGNED SWORD LINE
CAS has commissioned Michael ‘Tinker’ Pearce to design a line of swords that will satisfy both the sparring and cutting needs of Western Martial Arts practitioners.
Matching sharp and blunt versions of each sword in the series offer the same outstanding handling characteristics in both disciplines.
The swords meet Tinker`s exacting quality requirements and are built in much the same way as his custom pieces. Each blade is forged from 5160 Spring Steel, Marquenched to the desired hardness of 50-53 Hrc while the tang is drawn back to the low 30s Hrc.
For the Medieval models the very end of the tang is threaded to fit a 5mm allen nut recessed into the pommel which allows for dismantling of the hilt assembly for inspection, to exchange blades if needed, and for anyone wanting to easily customize their grip. The grips are cord wrapped and leather covered wood and tapered for a comfortable grip. Each sword is supplied with a leather covered wood covered scabbard with metal throat and chape.
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Featured positive reviews:
After a couple of weeks of anticipation I received the heartening text message from home announcing the much awaited "arrival of the package" I had so often bothered those I live with about. Directly after work I drove home as quickly as humanly possible. The packaging was taped quite thickly at every seam of the box and the sword itself was kept in place by foam. While it took a few minutes to cut through the tape and foam, I greatly appreciated the effort taken to keep the sword safely contained and intact. The sword itself was quite amazing.
The scabbard feels quite durable, the metal fittings have a mirror-like shine and are quite sleek. The leather on both the scabbard and the grip is quite pleasant to the touch and the eye. The quillons feel dependable, though I have yet to test them. Drawing the sword, I can feel the sword fits snugly in the scabbard and ever-so-slightly resists being drawn; just enough to keep from falling out. The sword has a solid weight that is well balanced. The blade is quite sharp, and appears to be pre-oiled. The fuller tapers off beautifully at about three-fourths of the blade. The blade is not polished to a mirror-like finish like the other parts of the sword, it has more of a grainy business-end finish to it. The blade flexes quite well and returns to its original shape like good steel should.
All in all, I was satisfied beyond my expectations. 5/5, I would most definitely buy from SBG again.