Arms and Armor

Irish Sword

Overall Length: 38 inches
Blade Length: 32 inches
Point of Balance: 6 inches from cross
Center of Percussion: 22 inches from cross
Weight: 2.8 lbs
Blade type: Oakeshott XVIII
Cross length: 9 inches
Blade width at cross: 2 inches
Blade width 2 inches from tip: 0.75 inches

Performance Review: To be honest this sword was not even on my radar. I intended to get it... eventually. However it was certainly not on my "got to have it list." However one came up for sale at a very reasonable price, too reasonable in fact for me to let it go by and I purchased the sword. When it arrived to say that I was pleasantly suprised would be an enormous understatement. There have only been a few swords that I have ever held that when in hand gave me the impression that "this is a chunk of steel, swing it and things will happen." This sword gives the wielder that impression. Perhaps it is the square cross section grip, perhaps it is the somewhat shorter length. Whatever the case, this sword absolutely excels especially in the quickness and tracking department.

Appearance: In this sword Arms and Armor married a fairly ordinary type XVIII blade with what are considered to be "Irish" hilt components in the ring pommel and the cross with the spatulate finials. The blade is plain although as is usual with Arms and Armor it is nicely symmetrical and exhibits no grind or other tooling marks. The pommel and cross on this particular piece are also mirror polished, I do not know if it came that way from Arms and Armor or if that was something that was done by the previous owner. In any event there is not even the smallest casting mark to be found on the furniture of this sword. The grip and covering are up to Arms and Armor's usual high standard. The entire assembly seems well put together. My only quibble with this sword aesthetically is I believe that it would have benefitted from having a more visually stimulating blade type. Perhaps a fullered type XII or a multifullered type XIX would have been in order for this sword.

Conclusion: This sword is a must have for the Irish or Gaelic arms and armor buff. At the moment it is absolutely the nicest production "Irish" sword on the market in my opinion and is unlikely to have any serious competition until Albion Armorer's gets their "Kern" into production.