Hanwei/Tinker LongswordHanwei/Tinker Longsword2
Designed by legendary sword smith Michael 'Tinker' Pearce. MSRP $465
Our Tinker Longswords (Oakeshott Type XVIIIa) provide the WMA practitioner with a fast, well-balanced sword that will perform beautifully in skilled hands.
The semi-fullered sharp blades exhibit a quick profile taper with a diamond section out to the tip, providing the necessary stiffness for the cutting stroke. The flattened scent-stopper pommel (Type T-1) forms a natural extension of the double-hand grip and the square-section guard provides solid security.What others are saying about the Tinker Pearce Longswords:
"I had the opportunity to handle the prototype Tinker Pearce Line Longswords by CAS/Hanwei, and they are beautiful, well-balanced, quick-handling swords at an excellent price. The sharp and blunt versions handle almost identically in cuts, thrusts, and quick posta (guard) transitions. These promise to be the mid-priced training weapon of choice for longsword studies." Sean Hayes, Maestro d`armi,Northwest Fencing Academy and University of Oregon
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 scabbard with metal throat and chape.
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Featured positive reviews:
I am very pleased with this sword and would recommend it to anyone looking for a "working man's sword". For the price I would consider it entry level but that is where this sword really excels. While it's obviously not ornate, the function, balance, fit and finish are excellent.
The blade has a nice compromise of flexibility and stiffness. There are very minor variations of thickness in the blade (adds a little character) but the overall symmetry is very good. The scabbard is nicely done and the sword seats firmly, not loose or binding.
It handles very well, even for a novice to longswording, different wards and blows came naturally with a little practice. The sharpness is where I wanted it to be, not too sharp but it wouldn't take much to put a keen edge on this weapon. If I ever want to change the grip, the removable pommel is a nice bonus.
One last thing I wanted to mention was the excellent customer service from the SBG store. Eight days from order to delivery during the Christmas rush was a pleasant surprise.