Kingston Arms Atrim Designed Type XIV Arming SwordKingston Arms Atrim Designed Type XIV Arming Sword1
Ultra Durable 9260 Spring Steel Blade designed and approved by none other than the legendary Gus Trim.
The second in a series of performance oriented swords designed by Gus Trim and produced by Kingston Arms, this early 13th Century style arming sword has a very slight forward balance... making it quick in the hand and devastating in the cut.
Based on Oakeshott's Type XIV specification these swords were used in the 13th to early 14th Century in that transitional period from mail armor to the full on plate worn in the 15th Century. This sword is therefore more cut oriented than later period swords with a more acute point than earlier examples. This melding of cut and thrust ability coincides perfectly with use of the sword and shield or buckler of the time.
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:
So good, I had to stop and write a review!
I've owned an Angus Trim/Christian Fletcher original, and handled several Albions. My 'someday' sword used to be the Albion Sovereign or Sheriff, which I've handled. With all due respect to those wonderful craftspeople . . . honestly, the handling on this sword surpasses those.
The geometry/mass distribution makes the blade feel like it has the presence of a longer/heavier sword, but it's so fast on recovery. As soon as you move the blade into a cut, it practically propels itself 'downhill' with no further effort.
Rock-solid peened construction, no rattle in hilt-components (Kingston Arms seems to be known for this).
In an imaginary situation, I would choose this sword over many overbuilt 'tactical swords' where much of the length/weight is in long, full-profile-tang grips. This sword is compact, and keeps more of the business end out front for better reach.
The fit and finish is superb, scabbard is awesome, fits just right (barely snug, but draws easily).
Super fast shipping from SBG Sword Store.