Arms and Armor
|Overall Length:||45.5 inches|
|Blade Length:||36 inches|
|Point of Balance:||7 inches from cross|
|Center of Percussion:||23 inches from cross|
|Pommel type:||Oakeshott T3|
|Cross type:||Oakeshott 1|
|Blade type:||Oakeshott XVIIIa|
|Cross length:||9 inches|
|Blade width at cross:||2 inches|
|Blade width 2 inches from tip:||1 inch|
|Handle Length:||9 inches|
Performance Review: Ironically when I purchased my very first Arms and Armor purchase (the German Bastard Sword) this was the sword I actually wanted I just did not know it. What I wanted at the time was a robust, yet meneuverable bastard sword, one that was maneuverable with one hand and excelled in two. The GBS does not really fit that bill (see my GBS review) but this sword the Schloss Erbach fits that description perfectly. This sword handles reasonably well in one hand and is an outstanding performer in two hands. It has an adequate point for thrusting and tracks well. I have tried mine out on light targets and it handled them with ease.
Appearance: As is usually the case with Arms and Armor's items the handling is good and the aesthetic appeal is outstanding. The blade is plain without adornment or fuller, but is perfectly symmetrical and does not exhibit any grind marks or uneveness. This sword exhibits some of the same "writhen" type furniture that can be found on several of Arms and Armor's other pieces. Both pommel and cross are cleanly cast with the exception of a couple of tiny casting flaws on the pommel. The grip is Arms and Armor's standard black neatly and tightly stitched over what I assume is a hardwood core.
Conclusion: If you are looking for a robust "jack of all trades" sword that is absolutely outstanding in the aesthetics department I would highly encourage you to give the Arms and Armor Schloss Erbach another look.