RK Euro Model 10 - Two Handed War Falchion
Two Handed, single edged War Falchion - 1075 TH carbon steel blade, with Fuller
Taking a decades worth of experience with the best sword forges in Longquan (whose own sword making history dates back THOUSANDS of years) and combining it with the best practices of modern, fully functional European sword replicas - the end result is Ronin Katana's line of high quality, hand forged battle ready medieval swords - now available for immediate shipping at a price that practically any enthusiast can afford.
Each sword in this range is hand forged from top quality 1075 carbon steel, properly heat treated for strength and flexibility and sharpened so you can use them for cutting straight out of the box (or if you prefer, used to cut up the box, though be sure to take out the form fitting Styrofoam, added to protect against damage in transit). But no reason to stop there, these swords can easily cut water filled bottles of all shaped and sizes, super thick bamboo, tatami mats, you name it - they can handle it!
The swords vary in design and while not based on any particular medieval sword are historically plausible and designed to exhibit great handling and cutting dynamics rarely found at this price point.
Simply amazing value for money and a return to affordable medieval swords where every other maker has doubled or tripled their prices means that they will sell out fast, so grab one while you can!
This particular model is a two handed 'War Falchion' - a common battlefield weapon favored by the average medieval soldier or archer, though was used by all classes for its deadly effectiveness against lightly armored opponents. This two handed style was commonly seen in medieval manuscripts (especially depicting heathens and unbelievers), though as there are no surviving historical examples are out there, is not based on any particular historical sword. The blade of this one is of the cusped variant style similar to a Gross Messer that was in use from the 13th to the 16th centuries, with a fuller to lighten the blade slightly and optimize the balance and scent stopper pommel. Ready to cut straight out of the box.
How to Use
Materials and Construction
Featured positive reviews:
I’ve been eyeing a few falchions for awhile now, as there’s something very elegant about the design of them overall. When I saw the RK #10, I immediately fell in love with it. It’s not a true falchion, of course, but it cosplays as one on the weekend. The pommel (T3, I believe - not a true scent stopper) and guard are very much in my preferred style, and the simple leather wrap looked better online than most of the other RK Euro swords.
I’m not a historian, but spent some time looking online and didn’t find much in the way of historical single-edged longswords. I’d say this sword bears some resemblance to multiple different swords – a falchion (which is a one-handed sword), a two-handed saber (there are some two-handed sabers out there, but not really with a longsword hilt), a messer (blade profile, but obviously not the knife handle construction), and even fairly similar to a katana.
I am a novice when it comes to cutting with swords. I’ve only done it with plastic bottles and the like. Eventually, I’ll graduate to better (more expensive) materials once I feel like I can cut well enough to make it worth the cost.
I did these measurements with a simple measuring tape, so they’re close but not 100% accurate. I weighed myself without the sword and with to get the weight. I've included basic conversions to metric, as well.
Blade length: 33 1/16” (84 cm)
Handle length: 10 5/16” (26.2 cm)
Overall length: 44 5/16” (112.6 cm)
Guard width: 8 1/2" (21.6 cm)
POB: 3 1/2" (8.9 cm)
Weight: 3.1 lbs (1.4 kg)
1075 High carbon steel, through tempered.
Very sharp. The sword slices through paper with absolute ease, something that I can rarely say about swords in this price range. It cut through the water bottles like they weren’t there. The fullers are very nicely ground, with clean lines throughout. The grind is smooth from the spine all the way to the edge, lending to the sword’s great cutting ability.
There are a few discolorations on the sword, but they’re very minor and not a problem in the slightest.
Stainless steel, type T3 pommel. The pommel overhangs the leather grip by a very slight amount – something that is perfectly fine in this price range. It is peened nicely, and feels very secure. Gripping the pommel with the off hand feels great.
Wood with tightly fitted, stitched black leather. No clue what type of wood this is, but the leather feels nice. The stitching is tight, although I can lift it ever so slightly. The stitching is not rough on the hands.
Stainless steel, type 10ish. I love this crossguard type, although the tapered point on the blade is less pronounced than a standard type 10. It is securely attached, and while there are definite gaps where it meets the blade, they’re not egregiously large or anything.
This is the only real disappointment with the RK #10. The sheathe is two pieces of leather stitched together with a bit of foam-like material forming the walls. It fits the sword nicely, but considering most of Ronin Katana’s Euro swords come with a full scabbard, it’s a shame this one doesn’t.
It also comes with a leather belt. The less said about it the better.
The RK #10 handles beautifully. Keeping in mind that I’m very much an amateur when it comes to cutting, this was the first sword I’ve used that I was able to get fairly consistent edge alignment on. The POB is quite close to the crossguard for a cutting focused sword, as I believe most dedicated cutters are somewhat forward heavy to add power to the cut, but I didn’t mind at all.
I cut some water bottles. It made short work of them. My cutting setup is very crude at the moment, and my cutting ability is even worse, so no videos.
For $250, this sword is an absolute steal. It’s a beautiful piece, cuts and handles well. Combined with my first impressions of the Ronin Katana Two Handed Medieval Long Sword with Double Fullers – Euro Model #1 that I also ordered (review forthcoming), I will probably be ordering more RK Euro swords. They seem fantastic for the very low price point.
- Handles beautifully
- Comes very sharp
- Rare blade – not many swords like this out there
- Leather sheathe, rather than full scabbard
- Leather belt feels extremely cheap
The Bottom Line
If you’re at all interested in this style of blade, I highly recommend buying one. At $250, it’s in the price range of Windlass and Hanwei, and it compares quite favorably to the swords by those manufacturers I have – better bang for the buck.