RK Euro Model 2 - Oakeshott Type XVIa Longsword
Two Handed, with Wheel Pommel Medieval Sword - 1075 TH carbon steel blade, Single 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.
Every model comes with a REAL black leather wrapped wooden core handle, all steel fittings for maximum durability and PEENED pommel for extra durability. Every sword also comes with a FREE BONUS wooden core, leather wrapped scabbard and integrated suspension system for either display or wearing (one size belt can be adjusted to suit your waist as necessary)
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 based on an Oakeshott Type XIIa 'Great Sword of War' - a 13th and 14th century Two Handed Knightly Cutting Sword. The classic cross guard is complimented with a standard wheel pommel. Ready to cut straight out of the box.
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Featured positive reviews:
I like the XVIa configuration, and my Ronin arming sword was quite nice, so I took a chance on this during sale pricing. The blade is quite nice, albeit differing from a true, "typical" XVIa in fuller length and cross-sectional detail a bit. The mountings are sturdy. The grip is sure, and although I've seen complaints about the seam where the leather is stitched together on these swords, mine wasn't bad at all. There is a slightly blade-heavy balance to the sword (for a longsword), which could easily have been remedied given the design of the crossguard and pommel. This would have been five stars if it weren't for the crossguard and pommel. The crossguard is a bit light/narrow, has rather sharp edges, and the edges of the raised disc insert in the pommel are quite sharp, and the recess deep. With smoother edges and a tiny bit more mass in the pommel/guard, this would balance out better, and be more comfortable to cut with. The sheath is rather nice, and although no one will mistake it for super high-quality leather, it is decently made and the absence of the fake looking metal chape that is so commonly seen in lower price point swords is nice. I've only done minor cutting and some technique work with this up to now, so we will see how it holds up.