Del Tin

Del Tin 5133

Overall Length: 35.5 inches
Blade Length: 20.75 inches
Point of Balance: 3.75 inches from cross
Weight: 3.3 lbs
Blade width at cross: 2 inches
Blade width 2 inches from tip: 4 inches
Handle Length: 13.75 inches

Performance Review: This piece is based on pictures from the Maciejowski Bible and is often known in the sword community as one of the Maciejowski Bible choppers. There is some debate about just exactly what these choppers really are. It is variously speculated that they are bits of other weapons, descended from various agricultural implements, custom pieces made specifically for the owners pictured or even just figments of the illutrator's imagaination. I was pleasantly surprised by how this particular piece handled. I had purchased it as part of a bulk shipment and as can be seen in other reviews on these pages most of those other swords did not handle particularly well. However to my surprise this particular piece handled very nicely. It was well balanced and quick in the hands. The exceedingly long grip gives the user all sorts of leverage and hand positioning options. Obviously due to the blade shape there is no thrusting ability but the chopping potential is incredible. In some ways this item reminded me of an axe or polearm... but with the balance and length of a sword.

Appearance: Fulvio told me that he designed this piece proportionally, that is he examined the Maciejowski Bible illustrations, estimated how big the average soldier of the era would be and then proportionally how big the chopper would be in comparison. I think he really out did himself. This weapon is of a very nice length and well constructed. The complex blade profile was well ground out and nicely finished. There is a metal ferrule at the "cross" which had almost no discernible seam and the handle was of some dark hardwood with a metal butt cap all beautifully executed.

Conclusion: This is one of my top three Del Tin pieces that I have had the privilege to handle. It handles, well and has a unique aesthetic that Fulvio really outdid himself executing.