Hanwei/Tinker 9th Century Viking Sword
Designed by legendary sword smith Michael 'Tinker' Pearce. MSRP $389
While not a direct copy of any particular sword, the Tinker Viking sword design was inspired by historical examples from the early 9th Century, most notably finds from the area around Trondheim, Norway, where the circular indentation hilt decoration was popular.The scabbards are provided with suspension points and a period chape, giving the sheathed sword a very attractive appearance. The construction of the Viking "pair" differs from other swords in the Tinker series inasmuch as they are tang-riveted (peened) in period fashion at the pommel, primarily to satisfy Viking re-enactment requirements. However, as with the other swords in the series, replacement blades are available.The breadth of the Sharp (this version) makes for an efficient cutting profile.
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.
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.
How to Use
Materials and Construction
Featured positive reviews:
I'm always on the lookout for swords I can use in my training, and this one looked intriguing. One thing that I always have to do to non-custom swords, though, is shorten the grip. The standard 4" grip you find on most mass production swords is longer than we use in class, as we make extensive use of the pommel to secure the grip. In this case, I'd have to shorten it from a 100mm grip down to my preferred 85mm.
Imagine my joy when in two separate places, it mentioned that it was fully dismountable with allen key lock in the pommel! Easy peasy, then. This is repeated in both "more detail" and in "materials and construction." It's contradicted in the main text, though - this pair of swords is peened. Ugh. Well, I've done this the hard way before.
Otherwise, I find the blade came in different than the specs. Weight was actually lighter: Mine came in at 1166g instead of the claimed 1250g. that's not a bad thing. Balance is 15cm (5.9") instead of the claimed 12cm (4.75").
Nonetheless, once I dull this down to serve my needs, and hopefully am able to un-peen the pommel, slide off (?) the grip and shorten it, and then re-attach, I'll be in possession of a sword that really serves my needs. And for $290 delivered? Can't beat that with a stick.
Ultimately: was disappointed by the repeated mention of allen-key dismountable, specs don't match actual, but had I known the reality I'd have STILL purchased it and been pleased.
Our responseApologies for the discrepancy in the description - most of the Tinker series are indeed allen-key dis-mountable but this particular model is indeed peened. We have updated the description to remove the discrepancy accordingly.