RK Euro Model 5 - Italian Long Sword
Two Handed Germanic Great Sword with double fuller and Fish Tail Pommel Medieval Sword - 1075 TH carbon steel blade.
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 wooden core, leather wrapped scabbard as a free bonus.
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 an agile two handed longsword with an Italian and German influence and features a fish tailed pommel. Ready to cut straight out of the box.
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Featured positive reviews:
Alright first off, despite having been into swords for many years this is my first sword. I know a feder would've been a better choice, but I wanted a functional sword.
The sword arrived in pretty beaten up packaging. There's some scuffs on the chape, which had obviously managed to puncture the package multiple times. There's also some minor scuffs along one edge of the blade, but those should all easily polish out. Minor imperfections aside, the grinding on the blade was done so well it almost looks machine made.
The only real issue I have is that the pommel is slightly canted to the rest of the sword, and there's a bit of a gap between it and the handle. It's not really noticeable unless looking for it though, so it doesn't bother me.
The included scabbard and belt weren't as advertised. Mine came with a 2 point suspension setup instead of the 3 point one pictured, and it can't even support the sword properly either. It just hangs the sword horizontally. This isn't a big deal to me though as I was planning on eventually replacing the belt anyway.
The scabbard itself seems decent enough though, though I did accidentally take a small chunk of leather out of the throat after it fell, loosening it. It was an easy fix though.
For handling, I can't really say much since I come from a firearms background and there's no HEMA clubs near me to practice at. While this sword is well within historical longsword specs, just holding it at longpoint makes me wish it weighed about 1lb less. Keep in mind though I'm also not particularly strong since I don't exercise much.
Due to the terrible weather here I won't be able to actually test it for a while, but I can say the edge certainly feels quite sharp. Also after carefully doing light test swings indoors I can say the sound of one with proper edge alignment is quite obvious, which is nice.
This looks in my untrained opinion to be a great budget option. It's not perfect, but most issues with it can be easily fixed for minimal cost or simply polished out.
If it wasn't for that awful belt I'd rate it 5/5.