Baltimore Knife and Sword
|Overall Length:||35.5 inches|
|Blade Length:||27.6 inches|
|Point of Balance:||3.5 inches from cross|
|Center of Percussion:||20.25 inches from cross|
|Pommel type:||Oakeshott Type R|
|Cross type:||Oakeshott Type 7|
|Blade type:||Oakeshott Type X|
|Cross length:||7.75 inches|
|Blade width at cross:||2 inches|
|Blade width 2 inches from tip:||1.2 inches|
|Handle Length:||4.9 inches|
Performance Review: In my view this sword was intended to be a beater and it reflects that in every aspect of it's construction including performance. The sword handles adequately, but it is certainly not a sword that I would term a quick sword nor is it particularly agile in handling. It is designed for one thing and one thing alone, to take a beating and in that regard I think it would perform admirably. The blade is extremely stout, the tang is VERY robust certainly as robust as anything I've seen historically and the pommel is welded in place as is the guard guaranteeing that niether will ever loosen unless the weld is actually broken.
Appearance: As previously noticed this sword is designed to take a beating, but aesthetically it leaves somewhat to be desired. It's an odd amalgam of Type X blade with later period hilt and pommel. The blade itself is functionally well done with no grind marks or rippbles however the fuller was machined in (a very common practice in today's swords) but looks it. The guard and pommel are fairly rudimentary despite their uncommon forms. When I got the sword in hand it had a particularly unlovely leather wrap on the handle which was applied baseball style. Upon unwrapping it I found that the wrap had been applied directly to the tang there was no grip underneath.
Conclusion: If a buyer is looking for a basher beater type sword to bang around on a pell, oil drum or anything else without worries about significant damage this might be the sword for you. This sword should be able to take pretty much anything that is dished out. If one is looking for a historically accurate, aesthetically pleasing replica it would perhaps be better to consider another offering.