Arms and Armor
Sword of St. Maurice
|Overall Length:||43.5 inches|
|Blade Length:||37.5 inches|
|Point of Balance:||6.5 inches from cross|
|Center of Percussion:||25 inches from cross|
|Hilt length:||7.25 inches|
|Blade width at cross:||1.75 inches|
|Blade width 2 inches from tip:||0.65 inches|
|Handle Length:||4.25 inches|
Performance Review: If you have any sword experience, when you look at the numbers on this sword it is readily apparent that this sword is rather heavily blade biased or "heavy" everything from the point of balance to the center of percussion points this out. The sword weighs in at a moderate 3.1 lbs but it feels heavier then many other swords of that weight because of this. This is completely acceptable in a cavalry weapon but is something that a potential buyer should be aware of. The sword performs nicely in cutting against medium to hard targets. It is not a great thrusting sword as the blade prescence mitigates against easy point tracking.
Appearance: As is usual with Arms and Armor the fit and finish on the sword is very good. The blade is clean and symetrical with no grind marks or ripples. The cross and pommel are well executed with no visible pitting. The etching on the cross and pommel is very nice and particularly on the cross it is very well defined. On the pommel the coats of arms are a little bit weaker but still acceptable. The only weakness of this particular sword aesthetically is the handle wrap. All the wire wraps that I've seen from Arms and Armor to this point have been exceedingly well executed but this one shows gaps in the wrap. The gaps are not major but not up to Arms and Armor's usual standards.
Conclusion: In my opinion this sword is well worth the purchase price. It's an exemplary example of the type and a very nicely done replica of one of the more famous extant historical swords that we have available to us today.