Arms and Armor

Henry V

Overall Length: 33.5 inches
Blade Length: 26.75 inches
Point of Balance: 1.75 inches from cross
Center of Percussion: 15 inches from cross
Pommel type: I
Cross type: 9
Blade type: XVIII
Hilt length: 6.75 inches
Blade width at cross: 2 inches
Blade width 2 inches from tip: 0.4 inches
Handle Length: 4 inches

Performance Review: The most striking thing about the Henry V upon first examination is its diminutive size. This is a rather small sword with the entire length being only 33 inches which is substantially shorter then just the blade of many other swords. For the Henry V, however, its small size turns out to be an asset. The best way to describe the performance of this sword is "handy." That is, it is very natural to swing and thanks to its small size it can be used for a very long time without causing fatigue. Also because it is so short it is a very quick sword, which is easy to recover. The Henry V both cuts and thrusts with equal facility. The drawback of the small size is a decreased reach and lack of cutting power against hard targets. I believe it would be ideal against lightly armored opponents but would not be the sword for use against armored opponents or from horseback.

Appearance: As is usual with Arms and Armor the fit and finish on the sword is very good. The blade is clean and symmetrical with no grind marks or ripples. They Oakeshott type 9 cross is nicely symmetrical with three pairs of small incised lines for a somewhat understated decorative affect. The finials of the cross are nicely executed as well something that seems to be difficult with this cross type. I suspect that the use of cast hilt furniture helps in this regard. The pommel is interesting because of its very massiveness. It measures an inch and a half thick and two and a quarter inches in diameter. This mass is responsible for bringing the balance point so far back towards the hilt and no doubt is largely responsible for the sword's "handy" feel. This pommel has two slight casting pits. The unbeveled "raised" central portion in the middle of the pommel has a slightly rough texture and would be ideal for mounting a coin in. The grip is Arms and Armor's wax shrunk stitched grip, which is comfortable yet durable.

Conclusion: I was a bit surprised at the diminutive size of this sword. Of course I had read the statistics but there is no real substitute for having the sword in hand. I typically prefer a longer sword but I feel that this sword is a nice what I considert to be "short sword" and a very good representative of the type worth the asking price.