Arms and Armor
|Overall Length:||40.25 inches|
|Blade Length:||34 inches|
|Point of Balance:||4.5 inches from cross|
|Center of Percussion:||22 inches from cross|
|Pommel type:||T variant|
|Blade width at cross:||2 inches|
|Blade width 2 inches from tip:||0.5 inches|
Performance Review: This is a transitional sword, of the type nominally known as the "cut and thrust" sword which lies somewhere between being a war sword and the civilian rapier. As such the sword has many of the characteristics of both. However, in handling it handles much more like a war sword that is it is not a dedicated thruster but can cut well and is designed to do so. The sword tracks nicely and is in no way blade heavy.
Appearance: As previously mentioned this sword has many of the characteristics of both war sword and civilian rapier and this is especially evident in the way it looks. It appears to be a wide sword blade like one would expect to see on a medieval war sword coupled with the complex hilt, pommel and wire wrapped grip more commonly associated with the rapier of the Rennaissance era. Despite its somewhat mixed parentage the Arms and Armor town guard sword is quite an attractive piece. This particular example that I handled had a nicely executed blade, the cleanly welded complex hilt commonly associated with Arms and Armor rapiers as well as their particularly well done wire wrap grip.
Conclusion: As of the writing of this article either this sword or the English long sword will be my next purchase from Arms and Armor, or in a word I liked the sword quite a bit. It handled like a war sword but still had many of the aesthetic qualities of a rapier, a combination that I found particularly pleasing.