Arms and Armor

English Longsword

Overall Length: 44 inches
Blade Length: 33.5 inches
Point of Balance: 5.75 inches from cross
Center of Percussion: 20.5 inches from cross
Weight: 2.6 lbs
Pommel type: Oakeshott Type U
Cross type: Oakeshott Type 6
Blade type: Oakeshott Type XVIIIa
Cross length: 7.5 inches
Blade width at cross: 1.8 inches
Blade width 2 inches from tip: 0.75 inches

Performance Review: This sword is a really nice performer, just what one would expect from an elegant hand and a half 15th century sword. This sword can easily be used with one hand and is extremely quick when used with two hands. The distinctive type U pommel lends itself to using two hands on the grip easily and does not dig painfully into the hand. The sword tracks well and has outstanding point control.

Appearance: This sword is up to Arms and Armor's usual standards. That is to say, a outstanding blade exhibiting no grind marks or other blemishes and nearly perfect cast hilt components. This particular example that I own has some minor pits in both pommel and cross but nothing significant enough to mar the swords overall aesthetic appeal. The sword als has a nicely wrapped grip with an interesting "X" shaped undercording. The juncture of blade and cross is tight and the flow of grip to pommel is very smooth without major step up or step down.

Conclusion: I probably have some Arms and Armor bias when it comes to reviewing their items, however when they consistently turn out products like the Arms and Armor English longsword it is kind of hard to not expect excellence to be their norm. This is a very nice all around sword perfect for anyone whose main period of interest is the 15th century.