Armour Class

Armour Class Saxon

Overall Length: 34.5 inches
Blade Length: 27.75 inches
Point of Balance: 15.5 inches from cross
Center of Percussion: 18 inches from cross
Weight: 2.2 lbs
Typology: Petersen Type L
Cross length: 4 inches
Blade width at cross: 2 inches
Blade width 2 inches from tip: 1 inch
Grip Length: 3.75 inches

Performance Review: This sword handles very nicely. It's light weight combined with it's good balance make it float in hand. The diameter of the grip is perhaps a bit large but it is still easy to grip and the length of the grip combined with the convex pommel and cross allow the user to easily swing the sword in the intuitive "hammer" grip which often causes problems with "viking" style swords manufactured by other companies.

Appearance: No offense but that wrap they had on there was absolutely awful. Aesthetically Armour Class did a decent job with the blade of this sword although the fuller looks a bit to machined if you will, and the finished polish could stand to be a bit smoother. The hilt is acceptable although perhaps a tiny bit to shiny for modern taste and the fit of hilt and blade juncture are very nice. As noted previously the grip is a bit big in diameter compared to most pieces I've seen, but not to the point where it detracts from the sword. The grip covering was not very nice when I got the sword, they had wrapped it "baseball bat" style with some sort of leather like material that appeared to have some adhesive on one side. Fortunately that was easily removed and replaced. The pommel is the real weak point of the piece. At this price point it is certainly to much to expect a historical double piece pommel, but a nicely cast pommel with a clean peen would certainly be acceptable. However on this piece the casting on the pommel is fairly crude and a huge knob is left where the tang is peened over on the back of the pommel.

Conclusion: For the price point of this sword one expects something in the Del Tin (Fulvio still sets the standard) quality range. This sword is in that range but in a different way then you might expect. That is this sword handles far better then any Del Tin "viking" style sword that I have ever handled. However, as always there is no such thing as a free lunch. What you gain in handling you lose in aesthetics as this sword is significantly less refined the Del Tin swords in the aesthetics department. Therefore the choice is yours. What is more important to you? Good handling with a marginally historic look, or a show piece with marginal handling characteristics?