By: Kingston Arms
The second sword 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.
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.
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4/5 average from 2 reviews
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"Well assembled sword, nice scabbard; though, as hinted in reviews the finish is a little rough. Handle was beautifully done, cross guard fit Solid with only small gap look,blade slightly off with the grind; as in small wiggle and not quite brought to Satin and burrs on the entire edge grind. Nothing to loose my mind over; I can appreciate the work to double edge, fuller and distal taper a blade; well done. It was fun for me to clean up and sharpen the blade; in hindsight I'd get the sharpening service that's offered. All said and done it's a great sword that's been fun to wield and has brought a quick end to some pumpkins and milk jugs. I feel that the blade is good quality on strength and flex. For the price I feel I did alright; wasn't expecting an Albion; but I think Kingston should tweak their finish more. " - Lee (4/5)
"Blade is not perfectly centred and seems like a small notch was required to have it fit in the hilt, but probably this is only a cosmetic problem." - Jason (4/5)
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