Total length: 119 cm
*Dimensions are approximate and vary slightly from piece to piece
- It's good... with a few drawbacks.Review by Jordan
I've been using the sword in about 40 hours of training, some free fencing some not, so I'd say probably... lets say 10 hours of getting smacked about in some pretty fierce dueling, here are some of my thoughts;
Firstly, the steel is very soft, the cynical side of me says this is deliberate in order to sell more blades, but regardless, it is clear damage... it isn't really structurally weakened, mearly looks nasty.
Secondly, the whole thing is assembled together and then relies on a hex nut in the pommel, which, is tiny and loosely assembled. After one solid free fencing session the entire assembly became loose and wobbly, which in theory can be tightened, however due to the construction, the hex head where your alan key would go is quiet shallow, so no amount of force can be used without risk of stripping the head. I had mine modified to extend the hex head bolt out of the pommel to counter this.
Thirdly, In regards to most fedders and most other longswords, it is short. Many will refute this and say, it is historically accurate, which is true depending on which longsword example you are looking at. If you are a 5' 4' lad from Italy, then it is accurate, but I am on the 6' scale of things and it could probably use an extra six inches.
The good points include the fact that most of the weight is in the handle and with it's very broad taper it has a great balance, alot of the weight is in or near the grip, it is very, very easy to swing this around. I have fenced for around one and a half hours, and I was still able to just about keep my guard up. The leather in the grip is good, and I have no problem holding it with both hands for extended periods.
I would recommend it, but it is far from perfect, and since it was my first fencing sword, hey, I wasn't expecting fireworks. (Posted on 04/03/2015)